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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Propping Up Obama  —  The left-liberal establishment is in crisis at the moment.  They can't make up their mind between desperately trying to prop up Obama, and giving up on him and increasing their distance.  Maureen Dowd has given up, judging from her brutal column today, “The Golf Address.”
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Thomas Frank / Salon:
Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.  We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency"  —  Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama  —  Cornel West is a professor …
Discussion: The Agonist and The Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to change conversation to help party in midterms  —  President Obama returns to Washington on Monday after a two-week vacation that was neither restful nor productive.  —  From the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., to the airstrikes in Iraq, the ongoing tensions in Ukraine …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Experts' eyes turn to Colo.  —  “Wow!  You'd have to be high to re-elect a guy like that.”  —  That is comedian Bill Maher's take on Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's campaign to win a fourth term in a suburban Denver district.  Smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado but even stone-cold sober …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wrong Way Nation  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again.  What are his chances?  Will he once again become a punch line?  I have absolutely no idea.  This isn't a horse-race column.  —  What I'd like to do, instead, is take advantage of Mr. Perry's ambitions to talk …
Andrew Shain / The State:
EXCLUSIVE: How anger over 2010 race shaped Gov. Nikki Haley's first term  —  Nikki Haley was angry during her first year in office.  —  The Lexington Republican was angry at the GOP establishment for failing to embrace her bid for governor.  She was angry at legislators …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton ignored reporters' questions about the racial conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday at the end of a book-signing event in Westhampton Beach, a vacation enclave near her rented summer house.  —  Clinton, the potential 2016 …
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CNN:
Ahead of Michael Brown's funeral, calls to not let the moment pass
Discussion: Politico
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Dinesh D'Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Local, state Democrats go rogue  —  In scattered state capitals and city halls around the country, a new group of elected officials is telling the federal government to take a hike: Up-and-coming Democrats.  —  Challenging federal power in sometimes-theatrical ways has been a hallmark …
Yahoo! News:
Australian woman records ‘sex assault’ on Malaysia Airlines flight  —  An Australian woman has revealed recordings of her alleged sexual assault at the hands of the chief steward on a Malaysia Airlines flight.  —  View Comments  — Mail  —  Three hours into the half-full flight to Paris …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action  —  Expectations are high that President Obama can move ahead with controversial executive actions now that he has returned from his vacation.  —  Obama's two weeks on Martha's Vineyard were plagued by dual crises, in Iraq and in Ferguson …
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
Michelle Moons / BREITBART.COM:
VERMONT RESTAURANT REMOVES BACON SIGN DUE TO MUSLIM OPPOSITION AND SAFETY CONCERNS  —  Local Winooski, Vermont restaurant Sneakers Bistro has removed a sign that read, “Yield Sneakers Bacon” citing opposition from a Muslim community member and safety concerns.
Discussion: TPNN
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Funeral in Ferguson  —  Two weeks after the killing of Michael Brown, we have become painfully familiar with his parents through their public appearances and television interviews, their faces drawn, their sorrow apparent.  —  Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, constantly dabbing tears from her face …
Aaron Sharp / Mirror.co.uk:
SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to ‘smash Islamic State’  —  Task Force Black will aim to “cut the head off the snake” by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group responsible for a trail of destruction  —  Elite British and US special forces troops …
Al Jazeera English:
Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria  —  Peter Theo Curtis is handed over to UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights nearly two years after he was captured.  —  An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights …
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