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7:25 PM ET, August 12, 2014


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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: No ‘attack’ intended  —  Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Weekly Standard:
Special Guest Editorial: Obama's Foreign Policy Failures  —  Editor's note: I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.”  So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest editorial on President Obama's foreign policy failures …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Nothing Hillary Clinton is now saying about foreign policy matters
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq
Discussion: National Review
Jim Acosta / CNN:
After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Trymaine Lee /
Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend's death  —  FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown's life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Some Pictures Say a Lot … We can only infer so much from photographs.  There's clearly been looting and an element of crowd violence in Ferguson, Missouri.  But there are quite a few photos and videos of heavily armed and armored police facing clearly unarmed civilians who often …
Discussion:, Gawker, Guardian and Mashable
New York Times:
Police Silent Amid Loud Protests in Missouri  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — In another day of demonstrations, protesters chanting “Don't shoot!” marched in front of the St. Louis County prosecutor's office on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Why There's A No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson, Missouri
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Clarifies and Apologizes for Robin Williams ‘Coward’ Remark  —  Last night, Fox News devoted some time to covering Robin Williams' apparent suicide, focusing on the comedian's family life — and, in the middle of it, Shepard Smith described his death as “cowardly”:
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Robin Williams In 2002: 'It Is Beyond Global Warming At This Point.  It's Cooking!'  —  Robin Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide, was a brilliant comedian who had a well-known progressive bent in his humor.  —  He was not known for being an activist environmentalist …
Discussion: Guardian and The PJ Tatler
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Over 4,000 BuzzFeed Posts Have Completely Disappeared  —  You may have heard that BuzzFeed recently landed $50 million in venture capital, with which it hopes to transcend its long-time status as a “content laboratory” for shareable listicles, strange quizzes and LOL-worthy videos.
New York Times:
Times Reporter Is Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash  —  ERBIL, Iraq — A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Was an Accusation of Plagiarism Really a Political Attack?  —  There aren't too many worse things you can suggest about an author than that his or her work is plagiarized.  It's the book-world equivalent of spreading the word that a financial adviser has cooked the books or that the parish priest has designs on the altar boys.
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn't Stuck in 1965  —  The AG and his allies have claimed that voter ID laws suppress black votes.  But finally, a North Carolina judge speaks the truth.  —  The middle of August is supposed to usher in the dog days of summer.  But not this year …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips
Discussion: Daily Signal
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Watch: Crazed Racist In Ferguson Spews White Rage At Protesters (Updated)  —  Yes, there are racists in Ferguson.  —  This video is NSFW for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the language.  —  YouTube user “Brandon” uploaded it with the following comment:
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Gregory's flight to nowhere  —  David Gregory wasn't supposed to host “Meet The Press” on Sunday.  He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel lists own lawyer as irregular vote  —  As Chris McDaniel's team continues to scour voting records to add to an expected legal challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran, it has listed McDaniel's lead lawyer in the challenge, and his wife, as irregular votes that should be tossed out.
Michael Kimmelman / New York Times:
German Artists Say They Put White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge  —  Mystery solved?  I got a call this week from a pair of artists in Berlin who say they were the ones who pulled off the stunt of the summer, hoisting two big all-white American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge last month, swapping them for the usual Stars and Stripes.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator  —  Widely regarded as an eccentric bureaucrat, Kent “Battle” Martin approves essentially every beer label in the United States, giving him awesome power over a huge industry.  —  For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States.
Discussion: National Review and Firedoglake
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rick Perry's Iowa comeback?  —  Two Texas White House hopefuls wowed Iowa voters this past weekend, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and the state's past two winners might have seen their star fade.  —  Both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did themselves the most favors over the past few days …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Hot Air
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress  —  The media's narrative about Congress is clear: It is unproductive, members care only about getting re-elected and they have failed to do their jobs.  —  So it should come as no surprise that Americans believe Congress has been unproductive …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Peter Wood / Minding The Campus:
Campus Activism: the Fight for Imaginary Victories  —  Campus activism is, by and large, the world of make-believe.  Whenever students occupy a president's office, Tinkerbell is not far away.  Whenever faculty demand a boycott, Professor Dumbledore winks at Professor Snape.
Discussion: National Review
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Henry Barajas / Tucson Weekly:
Gary Kiehne Gets Biggest Endorsement of Them All
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Minnesota Republican Party Official Uses Robin Williams' Death To Boost Candidacy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Justice's IRS Connection
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
L. Brent Bozell III / National Review:
Hide ‘D,’ Showcase ‘R’
Byron Tau / Politico:
W.H. to reverse part of lobbyist ban
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama expects Supreme Court vacancies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
King, Roberts get testy over Iraq
Discussion: Mediaite
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Koch-linked group cancels Michigan ads
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Wilonsky / Crime Blog:
Man arrested in Far North Dallas shooting faces 7 counts of aggravated assault on public servant
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Michael Gossum / WBKO-TV:
Sen. Rand Paul Responds to Flip-Flopping Criticism
Discussion: The Hill, Business Insider and Politico
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's standing among voters is hurting Democrats, poll finds
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns
Discussion: Althouse
Rick Manning / The Hill:
More lost emails — When will Democrats have enough?