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7:50 AM ET, August 13, 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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rush Limbaugh Links Robin Williams' Death To ‘Leftist Worldview’  —  Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday tied Robin Williams' death, which sheriffs believe was a suicide, to the “leftist worldview.”  —  A caller on Limbaugh's radio show lamented how much coverage the media has given to Williams rather …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
It's the Loyalty, Stupid  —  WASHINGTON — I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts.  —  In 1993, when he played a prim British nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” I went to interview him at his Pacific Heights house.  —  “It's great to be this blue-mouthed old lady hitting on somebody,” …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Robin Williams In 2002: 'It Is Beyond Global Warming At This Point. It's Cooking!'
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Guardian and The PJ Tatler
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Clarifies and Apologizes for Robin Williams ‘Coward’ Remark
Jesse L. Jackson, Sr / USA Today:
Jesse Jackson: There's a ‘Ferguson’ near you  —  Look around you.  The absence of noise isn't the presence of justice.  —  Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male in suburban Ferguson, Missouri, who had just graduated from high school and planned to start college …
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 …
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 …
Trymaine Lee /
Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend's death
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.
Ron Fournier /
The Audacity to Be Authentic: Hillary Clinton's Risky Hedge Against Obama  —  Conventional wisdom says it's smart to attack an unpopular president.  Conventional wisdom may be wrong.  —  The rap against Hillary Clinton is that she's a cynical and conniving public figure who hardly takes …
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
John Wright / Lone Star Q:
EXCLUSIVE: Texas anti-gay leader Jonathan Saenz's ex-wife left him for another woman  —  Mere months before Jonathan Saenz became president of the anti-gay group Texas Values, his wife left him for another woman, according to Hays County district court records obtained by Lone Star Q.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Obama orders more than 100 advisers to Iraq  —  President Obama has ordered 130 more troops to northern Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday.  —  “The president has authorized for me to go ahead and authorize about 130 new assessment team members,” said Hagel.
Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; in a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word  —  Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood's golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in American culture that few stars reach, died on Tuesday in New York.
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 …
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Workers Accuse Jimmy John's Sandwich Chain Of Wage Theft  —  A Jimmy John's store in Findlay, Ohio shares retail space with a high-interest lending storefront.  —  CREDIT: Flickr user fanofretail  —  A pair of former employees say that sandwich shop chain Jimmy John's commits systematic wage theft …
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.
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
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: Firedoglake and National Review
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McConnell holds small lead in Kentucky
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rick Perry's Iowa comeback?
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Justice's IRS Connection
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Might Be Why Americans Hate Congress
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama expects Supreme Court vacancies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Koch-linked group cancels Michigan ads
Discussion: Talking Points Memo