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11:25 AM ET, August 21, 2014

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Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S. Before Killing Reporter  —  Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained …
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Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
The Men Who Killed James Foley  —  A video showing the beheading, by a black-garbed executioner, of the American journalist James Foley is the latest in a series of sickening acts that the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, has visited on the world in recent months.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by ‘a million’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is predicting that the beheading of American journalist James Foley is just the start of more violence if President Barack Obama doesn't “deal with this crisis” in Iraq.  —  “The ISIS organization in charge …
Discussion: Truth Revolt
New York Times:
In Raid to Save Foley and Other Hostages, U.S. Found None  —  EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A secret nighttime military mission authorized by President Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a team of two dozen Delta Force commandos raided an oil refinery …
NY Daily News:
Obama's duty to act  —  After the savage slaughter of an American, staying the course is no longer an option  —  Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried to Rescue Journalist James Foley From Islamic State Captors in Syria
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pete King: Beheading was ‘declaration of war’
Discussion: The Week
defense.gov:
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on Attempted Rescue Operation
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS Charlotte:
High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed  —  DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) - A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.  —  Kendra Turner, a senior …
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WWBT-TV:
High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment  —  A 16-year-old Summerville High School student says he was arrested Tuesday morning and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun.  —  Alex Stone said he and his classmates were told …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
By Any Means Necessary  —  The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — has endured so many near-death experiences that digging into the details of still another effort to demolish it is admittedly not an inviting prospect.  (My own reaction, I confess, to hearing some months back about the latest legal challenge …
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Holder's stop in Ferguson is deeply personal  —  FERGUSON, MO. — Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation's chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.  —  He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands …
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has little patience for being heckled.  —  The self-described “socialist,” often named as a liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016, fought with constituents over Israel …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Councilman Explains Racist Facebook Posts: ‘I Was A Very Active Republican’
Discussion: Liberaland
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Ferguson and the Modern Debtor's Prison  —  How does a stop for jaywalking turn into a homicide and how does that turn into an American town essentially coming under military control with snipers, tear gas, and a no-fly zone?  We don't yet know exactly what happened between the two individuals …
Discussion: Overlawyered
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Contempt [Updated]  —  In recent months, Barack Obama has crossed an important threshold.  He has always shown contempt for his opponents; now he shows contempt for his supporters.  He has quit pretending to be a leader, and more or less quit pretending to be a president.
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Job Security at New High  —  Satisfaction with many job aspects returns to high pre-recession levels  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., 58% of full- or part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security.  This represents an increase …
Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio:
St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting  —  On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.  —  Powell was suspected of shoplifting energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store.
Linda Killian / Wall Street Journal:
Florida's New Redistricting Plan: Round Two  —  Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis heard arguments Wednesday about whether to throw out the Florida Legislature's redrawn congressional map, which critics say unfairly advantages Republicans, hurts minority voters and is unconstitutional.
 
 
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?
Discussion: American Prospect
Valerie J. Calderon / Gallup:
Americans Wary of Federal Influence on Public Schools
George F. Will / Washington Post:
From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government
Discussion: Hit & Run
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Isn't the Political Baddie It Used to Be
ABC News:
Americans With Ebola Will Be Released From Hospital
Discussion: Daily Mail and Truth Revolt
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS
Discussion: Instapundit, Power Line and Hit & Run
Alex Byers / Politico:
Ferguson: Social media more spark than solution
Discussion: New York Times and The PJ Tatler
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
“No One Treats African-Americans Worse Than We Treat Each Other”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling
Discussion: Mediaite
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Is Alaska's Senate Race Slipping Away From the GOP?
Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I'll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group
 

 
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