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9:40 PM ET, August 12, 2014


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Rush Limbaugh:
Robin Williams and the Pop Culture Media  —  RUSH: This is Mark in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Welcome to the program.  Hi.  —  CALLER: Hi, Rush.  You are such a great guy.  I have a question for you about the news about Robin Williams —  RUSH: Before you get to that.
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!'
Discussion: Guardian and The PJ Tatler
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rush Limbaugh Links Robin Williams' Death To ‘Leftist Worldview’
Discussion: Associated Press
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Minnesota Republican Party Official Uses Robin Williams' Death To Boost Candidacy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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:, Guardian, Gawker and Mashable
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Why There's A No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson, Missouri  —  On Tuesday, a freelance journalist noticed that a no-fly zone had been issued over Ferguson, Missouri, the site of the recent protests over police violence.  —  Residents have taken to the streets to express their anger at the death of Michael Brown …
New York Times:
Police Cite Threats in Decision Not to Name Officer in Missouri Shooting  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The chief of police here said Tuesday that he had reconsidered his decision to release the name of the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager …
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq
Discussion: National Review and CNN
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Nothing Hillary Clinton is now saying about foreign policy matters
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
Lauren Bacall Dead — Dies at 89  —  DEAD AT 89  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Lauren Bacall — one of the leading ladies of the Golden Age of Hollywood — is dead ... TMZ has learned.  —  A family member tells us Bacall had a massive stroke Tuesday morning at her home.
New York Times:
Times Reporter Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash; Pilot Is Killed  —  ERBIL, Iraq — A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidis in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers …
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
David Salazar / Columbia Daily Spectator:
Bacchanal fall concert canceled, annual spring concert under review  —  Bacchanal's planned fall concert has been canceled and its spring concert is under review, the group announced in a statement Monday evening.  —  The fall concert, planned for Sept. 14 on Low Plaza …
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
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.
Vince Brennan / bizjournals:
Gun stores see sales spike in wake of Ferguson riots  —  For the past two days, Steve King has been “unbelievably busy” at his gun store, Metro Shooting at 11434 St. Charles Rock Road.  King said business spiked 50 percent as local residents respond to the violent events taking place in Ferguson.
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Henry Barajas / Tucson Weekly:
Gary Kiehne Gets Biggest Endorsement of Them All
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rick Perry's Iowa comeback?
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Hot Air
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
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn't Stuck in 1965
 Earlier Items: 
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Peter Wood / Minding The Campus:
Campus Activism: the Fight for Imaginary Victories
Discussion: National Review
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama expects Supreme Court vacancies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
King, Roberts get testy over Iraq
Discussion: Mediaite
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Koch-linked group cancels Michigan ads
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns
Discussion: Althouse