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New York Times:
In Raid to Save Foley and Other Hostages, U.S. Found None  —  EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A secret nighttime military mission authorized by President Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a team of two dozen Delta Force commandos raided an oil refinery …
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ABC News:
US Military Launched Secret Rescue Operation in Syria for James Foley, Other Americans … U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed …
Washington Post:
Obama denounces killing of journalist James Foley and pledges ‘justice’  —  On Wednesday, President Obama spoke at a news conference in Martha's Vineyard about American journalist James Foley, who Islamic State militants beheaded in a video.  The president said groups like IS have “no place in the 21st century.”
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Murder of James Foley
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source  —  Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture …
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Alex Byers / Politico:
Ferguson: Social media more spark than solution
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and KSDK-TV
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Jay Nixon won't remove Robert McCulloch as Brown case goes to grand jury
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why the Fires in Ferguson Won't End Soon
KFVS-TV:
Councilman under fire for posting what some call ‘racist photos’ on Facebook … POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -  —  A Poplar Bluff city councilman is under fire for posting what some are calling racist photos of President Obama on his Facebook page.  —  The issue was brought up at Monday night's city council meeting.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Councilman Explains Racist Facebook Posts: ‘I Was A Very Active Republican’  —  A Republican city councilman in Missouri apologized this week for posting racist messages about President Obama on Facebook, citing his own strong engagement with the Republican Party as the reason behind his actions.
Discussion: Liberaland
Hollywood Reporter:
‘SNL’ Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's “Entitlement,” the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show's “Karl Rove”  —  In an exclusive book excerpt, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and even Sarah Palin recount the inner battle between the left and right … Lorne Michaels, executive producer …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Contempt [Updated]  —  In recent months, Barack Obama has crossed an important threshold.  He has always shown contempt for his opponents; now he shows contempt for his supporters.  He has quit pretending to be a leader, and more or less quit pretending to be a president.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Alone Again, Naturally
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
“No One Treats African-Americans Worse Than We Treat Each Other”  —  The troubling self-flagellation in Ferguson's black community  —  Last Thursday, the rapper Nelly went on the air of his hometown hip-hop radio station, St. Louis's Hot 104.1, to announce a college scholarship fund …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
From a vulnerable red state Democrat, a strong pro-Obamacare ad  —  One of the key questions of this cycle has been: As the potency of anti-Obamacare attacks fading as enrollment mounts and roll-out problems are forgotten, will we reach a point where vulnerable Democrats in red state territory …
Jerusalem Post:
In first, Hamas official takes credit for kidnap and murder of Israeli teens  —  Salah al-Aruri praises “heroic action” of Kassam Brigades; Hamas had previously denied kidnapping Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrah.  —  A senior Hamas official admitted for the first time on Wednesday …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling  —  FERUGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told a group of black college students here that he had been a victim of racial profiling.  —  Holder, who is in Ferguson as part of the Justice Department's investigation …
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked same-sex marriage from taking place this week in Virginia.  (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay Wednesday on a federal appeals court's ruling …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
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ABC News:   High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber: Hold A Job Fair In Ferguson, Protestors Will ‘Scatter Like Cockroaches’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to “cockroaches.”
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Transcript and Video: World ‘Appalled’ by Foley Murder; ISIS ‘Cancer’ Must Be Extracted  —  Video: Obama Says Foley Murder ‘Shocks the Conscience’ of the World  —  President Barack Obama condemned the beheading of an American journalist and said the U.S. would be vigilant and relentless …
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist
Soraya Nadia McDonald / Washington Post:
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member.  He's just a Kappa.  —  Today in Ferguson, Mo., news, The Washington Post takes on the assertion that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been photographed flashing gang signs with members of the community.  —  He has not.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri's Capt. Johnson Flashes Fraternity Sign, Gets Called A ‘Gang Member’
Discussion: Shakesville
Manu Raju / Politico:
McConnell's plan to shut down Obama  —  HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration's policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.  —  In an extensive interview here …
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Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I'll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group
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Salon:
Militarized cops' scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”
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Roy Edroso / alicublog:
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT.  —  This week has pretty much clarified what …
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Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Why Isn't the NRA Defending Ferguson's Blacks?
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