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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart Isis offensive  —  Weaponry, said to be light arms and ammunition, to be brokered though CIA who are better positioned to supply militia  —  The Obama administration has announced it will arm the militia forces of Iraqi Kurdistan …
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Iraq crisis: Maliki defiant as president officially nominates replacement - live
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Crisis: Kurdish Forces Reverse Militant Gains as U.S. Continues Airstrikes
Daily Mail:
KURDS HAMPERED BY OLD WEAPONS AND LOW MORALE
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Midterms Give Parties Chance for Sweeping Control of States  —  LAS VEGAS — It was over 100 degrees here the other evening, but inside a buzzing office tucked away on a stretch of gun stores and pornography shops, Democrats were staring into computer screens and talking urgently into cellphones.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race
Discussion: Washington Post
USA Today:   Why Democrats can't win back the House
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Let the midterm battles commence
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 …
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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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 and The Jawa Report
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.
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
NYC's all-star convention roster
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.
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Libertarian Fantasy  —  In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.”  Well, probably not.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Feinstein squares off with Obama  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein is squaring off with President Obama again, this time over a long-awaited Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency's harsh interrogation practices.  —  Feinstein, the senior senator from California and chairwoman …
 
 
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