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6:20 PM 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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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘We will be relentless’ (right after my vacation): Fury as Obama is seen fist-bumping, high-fiving and laughing on the golf course just MINUTES after pledging justice for journalist James Foley  — The vacationing commander-in-chief played 18 holes with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and two business pals
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’
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Obama returns to golf green after talking to media about journalist's ISIS execution
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried to Rescue Journalist James Foley From Islamic State Captors in Syria
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary  —  Strong frontrunners have drawn challengers before.  But given the Clintons' reputation for retaliating for betrayals, it's just not worth it in 2016.  —  The mystery of the 2016 Democratic presidential race isn't why Hillary Clinton seems likely to run.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why congressional Democrats don't like Obama  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  “Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Talib Kweli Flips Out At Don Lemon Over CNN Ferguson Coverage (VIDEO)  —  Rapper Talib Kweli flipped out at CNN's Don Lemon over the news channel's coverage of the protests in Ferguson Missouri on Wednesday.  —  The segment started out pretty harmlessly with Kweli explaining why he thought …
Discussion: Gawker, Business Insider and Mediaite
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Yishai Schwartz / The New Republic:
Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible  —  You can thank Missouri law for that  —  On Wednesday, amid continued protests demanding “Justice for Michael Brown” prosecutors will bring evidence before a grand jury as they determine whether to indict Brown's killer, Officer Darren Wilson.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Twilight of Antonin Scalia  —  When the Supreme Court reassembles in October, the same nine justices will gather in the robing room, but the Court itself will be different.  As one example, consider the position of Justice Antonin Scalia.  For a quarter of a century, Scalia has been the conservative wing's alpha dog.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
By Any Means Necessary  —  The Affordable Care Act …
Bloomberg:
Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm  —  As former social chair of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Harvard University, Malik Gill wants to appear especially welcoming to girls who come to the house for parties.  —  Yet, Gill, who starts his junior year in a few weeks …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban  —  For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.  —  Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House …
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap  —  The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.  —  The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office …
Discussion: Politico
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?  —  Just how wrong does someone have to be to lose their job in Washington, D.C.?  For John McLaughlin, even historically wrong wasn't enough.  —  If the name doesn't ring a bell, maybe you know his work.
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Fox News:
Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US DIPLOMATS BARRED FROM ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.  —  Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
10 Questions With Paul Ryan  —  The congressman on how to fix America, why Rand Paul is wrong and evading John Boehner's toxic smoke  —  Your book is called The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.  What exactly is the American idea?  —  The condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
 
 
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Associated Press:
Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules
Discussion: Politico, RedState and The PJ Tatler
Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
It's Time To Stop ‘Managing’ the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Paul Ryan Rules Out Another Government Shutdown
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
In D.C., defiant Rick Perry sounds off
Discussion: CNN
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
A Recovery in Need of a Recovery: Why the Middle Class Isn't Buying Talk About Economic Good Times
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Kerry Burke / NY Daily News:
Giant flag in support of Palestinians draped on side of Manhattan Bridge
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Ferguson and the Modern Debtor's Prison
Discussion: Hit & Run and Overlawyered
George F. Will / Washington Post:
From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government
Discussion: Hit & Run and alicublog
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Job Security at New High
ABC News:
Americans With Ebola Will Be Released From Hospital
Discussion: abc7.com, Mediaite and Truth Revolt
Ray Rivera / WWBT-TV:
Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing
 

 
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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

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