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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
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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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source  —  Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture …
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why the Fires in Ferguson Won't End Soon  —  The tensions have been building for a long time, and even justice for Michael Brown won't change that.  —  FERGUSON, Missouri—Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you'll hear a story about the police.  “One of my friends had a son killed …
New York Times:
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked same-sex marriage from taking place this week in Virginia.  (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay Wednesday on a federal appeals court's ruling …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
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ABC News:
High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS DC
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: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  — Home > - News and Events > - Quinnipiac University Poll > - New York State > - Release Detail  —  August 20, 2014 - Gov. Cuomo Is Part Of New York Corruption Problem, More Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; But Issue Has No Impact As Gov Tops Challenger 2-1
Discussion: New York Times
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Suffolk University:
Suffolk University/USA TODAY NC Poll Shows Incumbent Sen. Hagan Up by 2 Points
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:   N.Y. poll: Government corruption a problem
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.
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
Food and Drug Administration:
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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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
From a vulnerable red state Democrat, a strong pro-Obamacare ad  —  One of the key questions of this cycle has been: As the potency of anti-Obamacare attacks fading as enrollment mounts and roll-out problems are forgotten, will we reach a point where vulnerable Democrats in red state territory …
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day  —  In this Nov, 6, 2011 photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Discussion: KFOR-TV
 
 
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Roy Edroso / alicublog:
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT.  —  This week has pretty much clarified what …
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Why Isn't the NRA Defending Ferguson's Blacks?
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Nat Brown / National Review:
Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska's GOP Senate Primary
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Have Republicans Given Up On Attacking Obamacare? Doubtful.
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