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8:10 AM ET, August 22, 2014

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Don Emmert / GlobalPost:
Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family  —  The last time James Foley's parents heard from their son's captors was on Aug. 12.  They received this message.  —  BOSTON, Mass. — American journalist James Foley was murdered by Islamic State militants …
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Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?
Jack Shafer:
The Islamic State buys itself a day of horror, little else, by killing James Foley
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King Goes Off About Ferguson And The Congressional Black Caucus  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a lot of thoughts about race in America, as he demonstrated in an interview Wednesday that touched on the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the “sin” committed by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and the …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Revved up  —  How Al Sharpton became Obama's go-to man on race.  —  A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton …
Joe Klein / TIME:   Beyond a Simple Solution for Ferguson
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: PandoDaily, Gawker and Mediaite
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Prosecutors have not spoken to Darren Wilson yet  —  A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he would not comment on reports that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson suffered a fractured eye bone during Wilson's confrontation with Michael Brown that ended …
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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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members  —  The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GAO: Taliban prisoner swap violated law
Discussion: NewsBusters
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:   GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap
New York Times:
A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics  —  WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras.  Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist …
Discussion: Daily Mail
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New York Times:
Obama Cares.  Look at the Numbers.  —  AS the predominantly black, disproportionately poor community of Ferguson, Mo., erupted in protest after the shooting death of Michael Brown, critics excoriated President Obama for his failure to empathize.  Michael Eric Dyson, for example …
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 and New York Times
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
The Libertarian Moment in Ferguson  —  A new kind of politics is being born in the discussion over race and militarized policing in Ferguson.  —  Just two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine had the temerity to ask, “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?”
The United States Department of Justice:
Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic Justice Department Settlement for Financial Fraud Leading up to and During the Financial Crisis  —  Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West announced today that the Department of Justice has reached …
Washington Post:
Updates: Day 19 of the McDonnell corruption trial  —  Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, are battling a 14-count public corruption indictment that alleges that they lent the prestige of the governor's office to a Richmond area businessman and that …
Discussion: abc7.com and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares painful memories of racism  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. arrived in the St. Louis area Wednesday to tour a community roiled by the police shooting of an unarmed African American teen — nine months after he had visited the same city to tout …
Discussion: NewsBusters
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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
It's Time To Stop ‘Managing’ the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It
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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: RT, Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
In D.C., defiant Rick Perry sounds off
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US DIPLOMATS BARRED FROM ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Daniel Mael / Truth Revolt:
Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?