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6:30 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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Al Gore Insiders “Figuring Out If There's A Path” For Him To Run  —  Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.
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 …
Fox News:
Official: Clinton ‘inner circle’ may have stripped email classification markings  —  The latest revelations about top secret information traversing Hillary Clinton's private email server have triggered accusations that someone in her “inner circle” likely stripped the classification markings, illegally.
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 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Poll: Most want criminal probe of Clinton emails
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Wolfgang Beylschmidt / USA Today:
Personal attack on Clinton misses mark: Objections
Discussion: The Daily Caller
ABC News:
Tips on Deleting Emails From Email Book Hillary Clinton Wanted to Read
Kristen Welker / NBC News:
Joe Biden and Aides ‘Calling Around’ About Potential 2016 Run
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.
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Why Chris Wallace won't take Trump's call  —  Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace stands apart from his colleagues and competitors on Sunday mornings in at least one regard: He won't take a phone call from Donald Trump.  —  The Republican frontrunner has shown a strong preference for calling in to shows like …
Discussion: Mediaite
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal  —  With the U.S. and Israel openly arguing over the Iran nuclear deal, I've asked myself this: How would I look at this deal if I were an Israeli grocer, an Israeli general or the Israeli prime minister?  —  If I were an Israeli grocer …
Lauren French / Politico:
Liberals poised to give Barack Obama a win on Iran
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and
New York Times:
Donors Descend on Schumer and Others in Debate on Iran
Discussion: Mondoweiss and
Peter Baker / New York Times:
DNA Is Said to Solve a Mystery of Warren Harding's Love Life  —  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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black lawmakers stand behind disruptions of Sanders, Dem events  —  Black lawmakers on Capitol Hill are defending the young activists using confrontation to press top Democratic presidential candidates to tackle the nation's protracted problems of racial injustice.
Discussion: Daily Kos and BizPac Review
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Black Lives Matter protesters target Jeb Bush
Discussion: and Shadowproof
Hartford Courant:
Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Bars Execution Of Any Inmate  —  After a sweeping two-year review, the state Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in Connecticut Thursday, saying the state's death penalty no longer comports with evolved societal values and serves no valid purpose as punishment.
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 …
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 …
Allison Pohle / Boston Globe:
Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws  —  Courtesy, Justin Sullivan / Getty Images  —  Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth.
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Apple Said to Delay Live TV Service to 2016 as Negotiations Stall  —  Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service will have to keep waiting, at least until next year.  —  The company wanted to introduce this year …
Associated Press:
CLERK'S OFFICE DEFIES ORDER; NO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES  —  MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk's office turned away gay couples who sought marriage licenses on Thursday, defying a federal judge's order that said deeply held Christian beliefs don't excuse officials from following the law.
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Todd Lighty / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Mark Kirk's aide: From caregiver to campaign worker
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
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William Kennedy.Jpg / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Man accused of vandalizing Metairie abortion clinic signs booked with hate crime
Discussion: WWL-TV, Jezebel and Raw Story
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Conservative video-maker James O'Keefe: Homeland Security targeted me, asked intrusive questions
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Ratings Changes in 6 House Races
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Agence France-Presse:
Fidel Castro to US: you owe us millions
 Earlier Items: 
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Lerner slammed ‘evil and dishonest’ GOP inquisitors
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Seven GOP candidates who could drop from '16 race before Iowa
Discussion: Politico
Vijai Maheshwari / Politico:
Kiev's hipster revolution
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Workman: House Rules chair by day, Uber driver by night
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Jeb Bush offered inaccurate version of Iraq war history
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Outsiders take over GOP
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and BREITBART.COM