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New York Times:
U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy …
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ABC News:
American General Killed in Shooting at Afghan Military Academy
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The Intercept:
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers  —  Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government's widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.
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The Huffington Post:
Spy Agency Stole Scoop From Media Outlet And Handed It To The AP
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:   US TERRORISM DATABASE DOUBLES IN RECENT YEARS
NDTV News:
NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles and Fires Rockets  —  Gaza: In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning, Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel - 30 according to some counts.  —  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance Rate?  Depends on Which State You Live In.  —  Back in the spring, once it became apparent that enrollment in Obamacare would nearly match or even exceed projections, the law's detractors on the right started coming up with new predictions of doom.
Washington Post:
A majority of people don't like their own member of Congress.  For the first time ever.  —  House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.
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Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Record month for The Washington Post
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Noisy, Quixotic, Delusional Tea Partiers of August  —  Republican insurgents have caused lots of trouble but won few victories this year.  But GOP incumbents aren't out of danger yet.  —  Remember Chris McDaniel?  Back in May, the Mississippi Republican state senator nearly took out a 36-year incumbent, Senator Thad Cochran.
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Politico:
Kansas showdown: The tea party's last shot
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
Kim Barker / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead  —  Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.  But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Gaza War Strains Relations Between U.S. and Israel  —  WASHINGTON — When the State Department condemned Israel's strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday, saying it was “appalled” by this “disgraceful” act, it gave full vent to what has been weeks of mounting American anger toward the Israeli government.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
US won't turn back flights over Ebola
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Patients' Symptoms Raise Concern About Ebola in New York
Discussion: Gothamist, Daily Kos and Mashable
Adam J. White / Wall Street Journal:
No Need For a Halbig Rehearing  —  The D.C. Circuit's own rules and one of its judges point the way forward for the recent ObamaCare ruling.
Steve Baldwin / BarbWire.com:
Can a Third Party be Formed Without Helping Democrats Win?  —  When one speaks with fellow Republicans about the future of the GOP, it is common to receive some negative feedback.  This is because many conservative/libertarian Republicans feel the party has simply not done enough to challenge the Obama agenda.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Rick Perlstein's ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Draws Criticism  —  Rick Perlstein always hoped his book on the rise of Ronald Reagan would set off serious debate among scholars and historians.  Just not this debate.  —  Mr. Perlstein's new 856-page book, “The Invisible Bridge …
Ynetnews:
In Gaza, there is no such thing as ‘innocent civilians’  —  Op-ed: Fighting an enemy state with one hand while supplying food and energy to its residents with the other hand is absurd.  —  Giora Eiland  —  The story we are telling in this conflict is similar to the one we told in Lebanon in 2006.
Discussion: The Dish, Israel Matzav and Middle East
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mo Brooks Says DREAMers Shouldn't Be Allowed In Military Because They're Not Loyal And Will Have Access To Nukes  —  “I'm gonna have much greater faith in the loyalty of an American citizen than someone who is a citizen of a foreign nation.”  —  View Video ›
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
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Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Forecasting President Obama's Final Two Years in Office  —  With the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate looming, the White House is quietly mulling potential silver linings of such a dynamic during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
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Reid Cherlin / Rolling Stone:
The Presidency and the Press  —  The White House distrusts the media …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?  —  The latest string of victories by Islamic militants in Iraq raises an enormous and obvious question: What's the U.S. doing to help the Kurds?  —  This week, fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, captured the town of Sinjar and …
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Reuters:
Tunneling through triangle of death, Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south
Discussion: Antiwar.com and The Gateway Pundit
James Estrin / New York Times:
Looking for the Enduring Photo in Gaza  —  Tyler Hicks, a New York Times staff photographer, covered Gaza during the first two weeks of the current conflict.  He spoke about that experience in a phone interview with James Estrin.  The conversation has been edited.
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
In This City, Car Ownership Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past  —  Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has a a plan that might make car ownership a thing of the past.  —  Which is not to say it would eliminate the need for riding in cars.  Rather, Helsinki's plan is to provide its residents …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals  —  The former Republican Secretary of Labor has had to deal with a number of bigoted comments from Democratic partisans in the last year.  So why is racism treated differently when it comes from the left?
New York Times:
Buildup Makes Russia Battle-Ready for Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has roughly doubled the number of its battalions near the Ukrainian border, Western officials said Monday, and could respond to the Kiev government's gains there by launching a cross-border incursion with little or no warning.
 
 
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Republican Congressman: “Fair Of Number People” In House Would Say Obama Is Worthy Of Impeachment
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Michele Bachmann Proposes 100% Tax On Money Sent Home By Immigrants To Stop ‘War That Is Being Waged Against Us’
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