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3:50 PM ET, August 23, 2014

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ABC News:
Babysitter Accused of Setting Fire to Family's Home  —  A Texas woman was apparently so annoyed with two girls she babysat, police say she decided to set their bedrooms on fire.  —  Martha Dreher is charged with arson.  She cared for Glenn Williams' two daughters.
Discussion: Daily Mail, Gawker and The Raw Story
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. defends post-Foley golf game  —  The White House on Friday defended President Barack Obama's decision to head to the golf course earlier this week just moments after condemning the killing of American journalist James Foley.  —  While principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz declined …
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Joseph Miller / The Daily Caller:   Pentagon Official: White House Foley Leak Endangers Future Operations, American Hostages
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco says it has arrested two IS jihadists AFP 20 mins ago
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Paige Hill / KFOR-TV:
Local superintendent's controversial way of addressing dress code sends students home humiliated  —  NOBLE, Okla. - A group of Noble High School girls were left crying and humiliated after they claim they were called out in front of the entire school for what they were wearing.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Direct Military Action Against ISIS in Syria  —  EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A top national security adviser to President Obama vowed Friday that the United States would “do what is necessary” in Syria to protect American interests and said that direct military action was possible …
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Isis gains in Syria put pressure on west to deliver more robust response  —  US looks at options for action in Iraq as Islamic State ramps up attacks while senior Tories call for UK to join in air strikes  —  Western powers are coming under mounting pressure to do more to confront Islamic State …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Foley's killing was ‘absolutely’ a terrorist attack
Discussion: Hot Air
Mohamed Hasni / Agence France-Presse:
Libya Islamist militias ‘seize Tripoli airport’ AFP 34 mins ago  —  Tripoli (AFP) - Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition said on Saturday they have captured Tripoli's battered international airport after many days of clashes with nationalist militiamen.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Vox not living up to the hype, explained  —  Ezra Klein sees “a problem in journalism.”  News coverage, he's said, is as appealing as “spinach.”  —  But the former Washington Post wunderkind had a way to fix all that: Create Vox.com.  By prioritizing explanation and analysis …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.  —  In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama urges business owners to lobby Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  —  The bank provides loans, loan guarantees …
Discussion: Politico
Joe Biden / Washington Post:
Iraqis must rise above their differences to rout terrorists  —  Joe Biden is vice president of the United States.  —  In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized significant territory inside Iraq …
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Sanitizing terror: Has the press distorted Islamic radical's crusade against gay men?  —  Ali Muhammad Brown was already a suspect in the murder of three Seattle men when he shot 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin eight times at a West Orange traffic light in his home state of New Jersey in June.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Cubs Cut Workers' Hours To Avoid O-Care Mandate, Then Disaster Struck  —  Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs grounds crew experienced a disaster.  As rain poured onto Wrigley Field, they were unable to cover the playing surface with a tarp in time.  They were booed.  The game was called.
Seth Richardson / The Daily Caller:
St. Louis Area Cop Thinks Protesters Should Be ‘Put Down Like Rabid Dogs’  —  A police officer just 15 miles away from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo. allegedly said he thinks the protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs.”  —  Officer Matthew Pappert is a police officer with the Glendale Police Department.
 
 
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
The rise of ‘Obama Inc.’
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New York Times:
U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
CNN:
Ferguson shooting: Where's Officer Darren Wilson?
Discussion: Guardian and The Gateway Pundit
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