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2:50 PM ET, August 20, 2014

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Daily Mail:
'Spare the lives of the remaining hostages.  Like Jim they are innocents': Brave mother of beheaded American journalist calls on ISIS to cease killing as she pays tribute to her ‘extraordinary son’  — A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is thought to be a British accent addresses the camera as well
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist  —  ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.  —  The White House had been aware of the threat prior …
Free James Foley / Facebook:
A message from Jim's mom, Diane Foley:  —  We have never been prouder of our son Jim.  He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.  —  We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages.  Like Jim, they are innocents.
Patrick Reis / NationalJournal.com:
These Are the Stories James Foley Risked His Life to Tell
Lizzy Tomei / GlobalPost:
Reported Islamic State beheading of James Foley not yet verified
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
ISIS Appears To Behead American Photojournalist In YouTube Video
Associated Press:
James Foley: A profile
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Promises Government Shutdown Wars In A GOP Majority  —  The government shutdown battles are poised to make a comeback if Republicans win control of the Senate this fall.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised in no uncertain terms that he'd use must-pass spending bills …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Why Obama can't go there  —  It's a paradox of Barack Obama's presidency: The first African-American to run the country finds himself in the tensest racial confrontation of his tenure, but is constrained from addressing the nation's original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms.
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George W. Bush / CNN:
Bush takes plunge, challenges Clinton
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Pols on Ferguson: Sound of silence
Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri's Capt. Johnson Flashes Fraternity Sign, Gets Called A ‘Gang Member’  —  Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the highway patrol captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson Missouri, was photographed making hand signs that some quickly thought were gang signs.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Soraya Nadia McDonald / Washington Post:
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member. He's just a Kappa.
Discussion: The Raw Story
New York Times:
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — As a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer that touched off 10 days of unrest here, witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing.
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USA Today:
Rick Perry's flimsy indictment: Our view  —  Let voters, not jurors, judge Texas governor's politics.  —  Politics as usual should not be a violation of criminal law.  This ought to be obvious to anyone in a democratic society.  But it does not seem to be well understood in Texas …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perry booked, gets mug shot
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ronald S. Lauder / New York Times:
Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?  —  WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?  In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza.
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected … BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.  —  The crowd chanted, “Mitt!  Mitt!  Mitt!”
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP establishment favorite wins Alaska Senate primary  —  Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan has won his GOP Senate primary, setting up a key battle with vulnerable Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).  —  The Associated Press has called the race for Sullivan …
Discussion: RedState
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CNN:
Game on in Alaska Senate battle
Discussion: Politico
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
WATCH: Chris Christie spars with N.J. woman over Bruce Springsteen  —  LONG BRANCH — Gov. Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen haven't always been on the same page.  —  But don't tell the governor he can't play his idol's music ahead of his town hall events.
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Transcript and Video: World ‘Appalled’ by Foley Murder; ISIS ‘Cancer’ Must Be Extracted
Brian Sikma / Media Trackers:
Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings
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Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Immigrant Groups Are Sabotaging This Man's Business Because He Helped A Family Fleeing Violence
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
CNN's Don Lemon: National Guard Used ‘N-Word’ to Describe Ferguson Protesters
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Left-wing teacher groups launch sexist crusade