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8:00 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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Washington Post:
Obama denounces killing of journalist James Foley and pledges ‘justice’  —  On Wednesday, President Obama spoke at a news conference in Martha's Vineyard about American journalist James Foley, who Islamic State militants beheaded in a video.  The president said groups like IS have “no place in the 21st century.”
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.
Patrick Reis / NationalJournal.com:
These Are the Stories James Foley Risked His Life to Tell
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Murder of James Foley
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Moderate Voice
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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New York Times:
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson
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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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Is Alaska's Senate Race Slipping Away From the GOP?  —  Thanks to a tougher-than-expected primary and a politically smart incumbent, Republicans are playing catch up in a key Senate battleground.  But will the state's GOP lean ultimately lift them to victory?
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Nat Brown / National Review:
Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska's GOP Senate Primary
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
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
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 …
Soraya Nadia McDonald / Washington Post:
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member.  He's just a Kappa.  —  Today in Ferguson, Mo., news, The Washington Post takes on the assertion that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been photographed flashing gang signs with members of the community.  —  He has not.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hit & Run and The Raw Story
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri's Capt. Johnson Flashes Fraternity Sign, Gets Called A ‘Gang Member’
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber: Hold A Job Fair In Ferguson, Protestors Will ‘Scatter Like Cockroaches’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to “cockroaches.”
Jerusalem Post:
In first, Hamas official takes credit for kidnap and murder of Israeli teens  —  Salah al-Aruri praises “heroic action” of Kassam Brigades; Hamas had previously denied kidnapping Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrah.  —  A senior Hamas official admitted for the first time on Wednesday …
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
KFVS-TV:
Councilman under fire for posting what some call ‘racist photos’ on Facebook … POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -  —  A Poplar Bluff city councilman is under fire for posting what some are calling racist photos of President Obama on his Facebook page.  —  The issue was brought up at Monday night's city council meeting.
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
“No One Treats African-Americans Worse Than We Treat Each Other”  —  The troubling self-flagellation in Ferguson's black community  —  Last Thursday, the rapper Nelly went on the air of his hometown hip-hop radio station, St. Louis's Hot 104.1, to announce a college scholarship fund …
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling
Discussion: Mediaite
Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I'll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group
Discussion: Truth Revolt and The Raw Story
Salon:
Militarized cops' scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  — Home > - News and Events > …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Alone Again, Naturally
George W. Bush / CNN:
Bush takes plunge, challenges Clinton
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Why Obama can't go there  —  It's a paradox of Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and FishbowlDC
USA Today:
Rick Perry's flimsy indictment: Our view
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY