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3:50 PM ET, August 11, 2014

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Telegraph:
Iraq crisis: ‘It is death valley.  Up to 70 per cent of them are dead’  —  On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight  —  By Jonathan Krohn, aboard an Iraqi Army helicopter on Mount Sinjar  —  Mount Sinjar stinks of death.
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Philip Ewing / Politico:
A promise on the verge of collapse  —  President Barack Obama has made two promises: The United States would help save thousands of refugees on a mountainside, and no U.S. ground troops would return to Iraq.  —  Keeping both is going to be difficult.  —  About 40,000 members …
Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Crisis: Kurdish Forces Reverse Militant Gains as U.S. Continues Airstrikes
Discussion: New York Times and The Dish
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart Isis offensive
Daily Mail:
KURDS HAMPERED BY OLD WEAPONS AND LOW MORALE
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq
Mike Allen / Politico:
EXCLUSIVE: “MEET THE PRESS” plans to announce new moderator soon: CHUCK TODD is the favorite - BACKSTORY on Hillary interview with Jeffrey Goldberg - B'DAYS: Rob O'Donnell, Sam Myers Jr.  —  SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of …
Jezebel:
We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won't Do Anything About It  —  Working at Gawker Media is a dream job for many of the women on staff here at Jezebel.  This is a place that takes chances on developing writers, that has always stood behind us no matter what.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Running as a Dem, sounding like a Republican  —  It's one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail.  It's another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so.  —  Yet that's what's happening in race after race this season.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Midterms Give Parties Chance for Sweeping Control of States
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured
Discussion: Hot Air
USA Today:   Why Democrats can't win back the House
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
The New Racism  —  This is how the civil rights movement ends  —  Long before he became the most powerful man in the Alabama Senate, before he controlled billions of dollars in state money and had lobbyists, governors, and future presidents seeking his favor, Hank Sanders used newspapers and magazines as bathroom tissue.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Kennedys dare Obama on ALS dunk  —  The Kennedy family is inviting President Barack Obama to cool down while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.  —  On Sunday, Maxwell Kennedy, a son of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, posted a video to his Facebook page showing …
Discussion: CNN and Boston Globe
Marissa Newman / The Times of Israel:
Hamas said to have executed dozens of tunnel diggers  —  Any excavator who was suspected of collaborating with Israel was killed, Israeli website reports  —  Hamas executed dozens of diggers responsible for its extensive tunnel system in past weeks, fearing the workers would reveal …
Discussion: Power Line
Reuters:
Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed …
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:   In Iraq, Obama launches another drive-by war
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists  —  Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up:  —  1. BuzzFeed is a web traffic sensation that draws 150 million average monthly viewers.  —  2. Numbered lists, like this one …
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Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
The Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie  —  No, global warming is not on “hiatus”  —  Norman Loeb, an atmospheric scientist with NASA, gave a crash course in climate change science for the public at Virginia Air and Space Center on Tuesday.  He talked about all the evidence that the planet is warming …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Is a Hard Life Inherited?  —  YAMHILL, Ore. — ONE delusion common among America's successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence.  —  In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories …
Jeff Smith / Politico:
Cuomo's Slow-Mo Disaster  —  The New York governor is in deeper legal trouble than he realizes.  —  Andrew Cuomo is in serious trouble.  Preet Bharara, the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has turned up the heat on his administration's alleged interference …
Juliana Valencia / WCTI-TV:
Customer finds Nazi symbol on her chicken sandwich  —  MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY -  —  A Carteret County mother makes a shocking discovery when she goes to eat her chicken sandwich from a McDonald's drive-thru in Morehead City.  That customer, Charleigh Matice, said when she went …
 
 
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Carrying a gun way worse than beating your wife: Column
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Jessica Brown / Cincinnati.com:
District drops federal lunch program
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North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Inside Apple's Internal Training Program
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Sweden ever so quickly has gone from so-called anti-Zionism to open anti-Semitism”
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
“Liberal” Is Just A Synonym For “Smug”
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