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7:45 AM ET, August 21, 2014

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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 …
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defense.gov:
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on Attempted Rescue Operation  —  Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. Kirby provided the following statement:  —  The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Murder of James Foley
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
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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Alex Byers / Politico:
Ferguson: Social media more spark than solution  —  Social media was the kerosene that turned fire in Ferguson into a national blaze.  —  What it's less likely to be: the extinguisher.  —  Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., continues to dominate America's attention more than 10 days after Michael Brown …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Jay Nixon won't remove Robert McCulloch as Brown case goes to grand jury
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’  —  A Republican city councilman in Missouri apologized this week for posting racist messages about President Obama on Facebook, citing his own strong engagement with the Republican Party as the reason behind his actions.
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
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.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Alone Again, Naturally
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling  —  FERUGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told a group of black college students here that he had been a victim of racial profiling.  —  Holder, who is in Ferguson as part of the Justice Department's investigation …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS  —  Shortly after delivering a statement denouncing the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamist militants in Iraq, President Obama hit the golf course on Wednesday.  —  Obama completed the statement at a school in Martha's Vineyard …
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
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 …
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
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ABC News:   High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia
 
 
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WWBT-TV:
High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Is Alaska's Senate Race Slipping Away From the GOP?
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Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I'll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group
Salon:
Militarized cops' scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”
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IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT.  —  This week has pretty much clarified what …
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