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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst …
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Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
The Islamic State's bloody campaign to exterminate minorities: 'Even Genghis Khan didn't do this'  —  In the back of a cavernous hall, standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, an Iraqi politician known for her passion began to shriek.  Her name was Vian Dakhil: the lone representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq's parliament.
Associated Press:
US Weighs Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid in Iraq
Discussion: Politico
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State militants seize major Christian town in Iraq; thousands flee
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?  —  “Let's say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself.  “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years …
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Here's why suing Obama could backfire on Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
CBS News:
What do Americans say should happen to child border crossers?
Discussion: Washington Post
James Hohmann / Politico:
The woman who could beat Scott Walker  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  VIROQUA, Wis. — Mary Burke might be the last candidate you'd expect to potentially topple one of the Republican Party's leading governors and upend the 2016 presidential field.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
URGENT: Democratic emails a fundraising bonanza
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Washington Post
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dems talk about impeachment 20 times as much as Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos, Fox News and Hot Air
Kelly Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab  —  Each tab at Stillwater's Oasis Cafe now includes 35 cents to offset minimum wage increase.  —  A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota's minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe …
Ann Coulter / Official:
EBOLA DOC'S CONDITION DOWNGRADED TO ‘IDIOTIC’  —  I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered.  —  What was the point?  —  Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed …
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Ferdous Al-Faruque / The Hill:
Ann Coulter blames doctor for catching Ebola
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
Steve Kraskethe / Kansas City Star:
Local Kansas GOP official: ‘Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.  Especially with a .45.’  —  Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”
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Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Va. GOP official resigns after controversial Facebook post
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race  —  HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.  —  Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Rep's ‘shagging’ tweet gets attention  —  Eyebrows were raised after a message on Rep. Stephen Fincher's Twitter account declared the Tennessee Republican's love of “shagging.”  —  But a spokeswoman for the congressman's office says the since-deleted tweet “had nothing to do” with Fincher — nor the British slang term for sex.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Candidate Mocks Rand Paul For Running Away From DREAMer (VIDEO)  —  When you're a long-shot independent candidate for public office, you've got to exploit each news cycle.  —  Case in point: Gordon Howie, the tea party activist and former South Dakota legislator who's running in the state's open U.S. Senate race.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul = Democrats' Enemy #1
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Daily Caller
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
John Kerry pedals new Nantucket photo op  —  Photo by:  —  THINK PINK: John Kerry rides a pink girl's bicycle with his dog in tow in the parking lot at Jetties Beach on Nantucket.  Photo courtesy of Nantucket native Lando from his Instagram, Landogramms  —  Has Vladimir Putin seen this photo of John Kerry yet?
Discussion: Israel Matzav
John McWhorter / The Daily Beast:
For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American  —  Peggy Noonan doesn't think Obama should be dropping his g's.  But in our swaggery age, even a president has to be able to get down.  —  Peggy Noonan has joined the chorus of people who think that when President Obama hips …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins' name at school's stadium on Vikings game day  —  The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings in an effort to keep the Washington Redskins' name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” during the NFL teams' Nov. 2 game …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Guv On Lackluster Primary Performance: Blame Obama  —  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) had a theory for why a chunk of voters were backing Jennifer Winn, his challenger, in the Republican gubernatorial primary: blame President Barack Obama.  —  “I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback told Kansas's 41 Action News.
Dave Boucher / Charleston Daily Mail:
WV GOP cancels event with felonious filmmaker  —  Author who was set to speak will be sentenced for federal crime soon  —  The West Virginia Republican Party has canceled an event where controversial conservative filmmaker, author and felon Dinesh D'Souza was slated to speak days before his sentencing on a federal crime.
Nicholas P. Fandos / Politico:
Why is Tenn. primary on Thursday?  —  Tennesseans will go to the polls to vote in party primaries on Thursday — including Sen. Lamar Alexander's bid for a third term — but nobody really knows why.  —  All other states — except Hawaii, which votes this Saturday — hold their primaries on a Tuesday.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says  —  A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S. Postal Service of “prostituting” its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a wrongheaded search for “illusory profits.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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William Saletan / Slate:
Israel's Bind  —  Relax the blockade, and Gazans might credit Hamas.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg to cancel ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt,’ lay off TV and print staff
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