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2:15 PM ET, August 13, 2015


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Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Hillary elites are freaking out.  This memo tells them to STOP.  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign circulated a memo to top allies in Washington this week with an unmistakably Obama-esque theme: Don't worry, we've got this.  —  It comes at a time when Clinton's elite Acela-corridor allies …
The Hill:
Dems near Clinton panic mode  —  Democrats are worried that the furor over Hillary Clinton's private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it to the FBI.  —  The Clinton campaign's decision to give up the server and a thumb-drive containing back-up copies …
John R. Schindler / The Daily Beast:
The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary's Emails  —  These weren't just ordinary secrets found in Clinton's private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has.  —  After months of denials and delaying actions, Hillary Clinton has decided to turn over her private email server to the Department of Justice.
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Is Sounding Out Allies About a 2016 Bid  —  Some Democrats press the vice president to run as an alternative to Hillary Clinton  —  Vice President Joe Biden is using part of his vacation in South Carolina this week to sound out friends and family about a presidential bid …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Hillary Clinton email probe turns to Huma  —  Clinton's top aide is likely to face more questions, not least from congressional investigators, about her access to Clinton's system.  —  Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's most trusted confidante, is increasingly becoming a central figure …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Hillary's Email Saga Hurts
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate committee seeks email facts from Clinton's tech company
Discussion: Fox News and
ABC News:
Tips on Deleting Emails From Email Book Hillary Clinton Wanted to Read
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's e-mail server turned over to FBI
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Ben Carson: No apologies for 1992 fetal tissue research  —  Ben Carson defended the use of fetal tissue for medical research Thursday, after a blog published excerpts of a 1992 paper describing work the neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate carried out using aborted fetuses.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Dr. Jen Gunter:
Ben Carson did research on 17 week fetal tissue  —  Dr. Ben Carson, GOP nominee hopeful, told Fox's Megyn Kelly that “There's nothing that can't be done without fetal tissue” and that the benefits of fetal tissue have been “over promised” and the results have “very much under-delivered.”
Virginia Hughes / BuzzFeed:   Ben Carson Once Did Research On Fetal Brain Tissue
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Carson: Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods to ‘control’ population
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
WH warns states: Defunding Planned Parenthood might break law
Discussion: Hot Air and
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's biggest problem, in one sentence … That comes from Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.  In an interview with the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, Trippi lays out a few reasons he thinks the road forward for Sanders is even harder than it was for Dean …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Black lawmakers stand behind disruptions of Sanders, Dem events
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What the mastermind behind Howard Dean's 2004 campaign thinks of Bernie Sanders' rise
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Power Line
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Test Results Are In, and the Secret About Harding Is Out  —  WASHINGTON — She was denounced as a “degenerate” and a “pervert,” accused of lying for money and shamed for waging a “diabolical” campaign of falsehoods against the president's family that tore away at his legacy.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Roger Ailes to Donald Trump: ‘We resolve this now...or go to war’  —  Fox News chairman Roger Ailes woke up Monday morning thinking that his network and Donald Trump's campaign had reached an understanding.  —  After a weekend's worth of stressful phone calls, the tacit agreement …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Jeb Bush offered inaccurate version of Iraq war history  —  Foreign policy speech aimed at undercutting Hillary Clinton twisted facts  —  He omitted fact his brother set date for U.S. withdrawal  —  Is there any point to arguing now over who lost Iraq? … WASHINGTON
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Gen. Ray Odierno: I disagree with Donald Trump on Iraq
Eric Martin / Bloomberg Business:
Sorry Donald Trump, Mexico Says It Will Not Pay for Border Wall  —  Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration said there's no truth to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's assertion that the nation would pay for a wall along the border between the countries.
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Lerner slammed ‘evil and dishonest’ GOP inquisitors  —  Emails give a revealing look behind the scenes at the IRS leading up to the nonprofit targeting scandal.  —  Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner walks out of a House Oversight Committee hearing after refusing to answer questions …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
‘Sesame Street’ to Air First on HBO for Next 5 Seasons  —  The letters of the day on “Sesame Street” are H, B and O.  —  Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children's television program, has struck a deal with HBO, the premium cable network, that will bring the next five seasons of …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Outsiders take over GOP  —  Outsiders who have never before held political office are dominating the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Donald Trump is the GOP front-runner, while businesswoman Carly Fiorina is surging after a strong performance in last week's debate.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Seven GOP candidates who could drop from '16 race before Iowa  —  Seventeen major Republican candidates are running hard for the White House.  But not all will make it to Iowa.  —  Of the crowded 2016 GOP primary field, who will be the first to head for the exits?
Discussion: Politico
Agence France-Presse:
Fidel Castro to US: you owe us millions  —  Havana (AFP) - Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba “many millions of dollars” because of the half-century-old American trade embargo.  —  Castro spoke out in an essay published in local media …
Lauren French / Politico:
Liberals poised to give Barack Obama a win on Iran  —  His backstop in the House, the Democratic Caucus, is holding firm.  —  New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer stole the headlines and put the White House on the defensive when he said he would vote against President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and
Eric M. Johnson / Reuters:
Chelsea Manning could face solitary confinement at military prison  —  Chelsea Manning, a soldier imprisoned for leaking classified U.S. information to pro-transparency site WikiLeaks, could face solitary confinement on charges she violated prison rules by having prohibited reading material, her attorney said on Wednesday.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Police Abuse Is a Form of Terror  —  Writing about the wave of deadly encounters — many caught on video — between unarmed black people and police officers often draws a particular criticism from a particular subset of readers.  —  It is some variation of this:
Discussion: Shakesville
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Allison Pohle / Boston Globe:
Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws
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Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
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Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal
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