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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.
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley  —  (CNN) — A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.  —  In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: ISIS Beheads American Journalist James Foley — THREATENS TO MURDER SECOND JOURNALIST!
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, The Daily Caller 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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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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Eric H. Holder Jr / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A message to the people of Ferguson
Washington Post:
Top Obama advisers tell African American leaders that justice will prevail in Ferguson
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
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
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
Brian Sikma / Media Trackers:
Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings  —  Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Alone Again, Naturally  —  WASHINGTON — Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said.  —  When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage.  From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments …
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