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3:35 PM ET, August 25, 2014

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John Eligon / New York Times:
Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling.  He had seen something overpowering.  In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel.
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   A Funeral in Ferguson
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC News President Rouses the Network  —  In her first year as president of NBC News, Deborah Turness received one message loud and clear: Welcome to the feeding frenzy.  —  It didn't take long for Ms. Turness to realize that the attention paid to broadcast journalism in America …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who Should Be Banned as Panelists For the New “Meet?”  —  So the “vision” NBC president Deborah Turness has (according to an interview with the New York Times' Bill Carter) for the new, Chuck-Todd-moderated Meet the Press could just as easily be interpreted as a blast from the past:
Discussion: Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News President Wants An Edgier ‘Meet The Press’  —  When he takes over as moderator of “Meet the Press” next month, Chuck Todd will be charged with reversing the Sunday morning show's sagging ratings.  If his boss has anything to say about it, he will also be expected to bring more “edge” to the struggling program.
Fox News:
Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not a direct threat to US, won't recommend Syria strikes yet  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S.
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New York Times:   A Necessary Response to ISIS
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Obama's evolution on ISIS threat
Discussion: Fox News and Wall Street Journal
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
ISIS in the 21st Century
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to change conversation to help party in midterms
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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 …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With Bombing ISIS  —  Striking the jihadists in Syria is reckless without allies on the ground.  —  In my heart, I'd love to see the Obama administration pursue ISIS into Syria.  First, because stopping genocide is a good justification for war.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Corrente
Wtvrwebstaff / WTVR-TV:
Fort Lee issues all clear after ‘enraged’ soldier shoots herself  —  FORT LEE, Va. — Fort Lee was on lockdown Monday morning after officials say a female soldier went on a rampage in an office before shooting herself.  —  Officials said that first responders were dispatched to the Army post …
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and BillMoyers.com
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Future of Export-Import Bank Is Wild Card in Key Senate Races  —  WASHINGTON — In North Carolina, Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is siding with big business in her support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and attacking Thom Tillis, her Republican challenger who opposes the bank but is endorsed by big business.
WSPA-TV:
Video Spurs Questions Of Arresting Methods After Deputies Tase Man Inside Walmart  —  An arrest Saturday led to some witnesses thinking the arresting officers went a little far.  —  In a video sent to 7 On Your Side, you can see a man lying on the floor of the Walmart on Whitehorse Road and the deputies attempting to arrest him.
Free James Foley / Facebook:
A LETTER FROM JIM: All letters Jim wrote to his family during his captivity were confiscated by the jailers.  So, Jim devised a better approach this last June: he asked a fellow hostage about to be released to commit a letter to memory.  Very soon after his release, this hostage called Diane and dictated what follows.
Mike Allen / Politico:
71 days to midterms - CLINTON LIBRARY to spill new secrets - RISING-STAR DEMS buck administration — MARK FABIANI joins Perry legal team - DSCC targets McConnell on shutdown  —  5 YEARS AGO TODAY, Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate, died at his home in Hyannis Port, at age 77.
The Political Eye:
Reid calls legislators ‘cowards’ over prostitution  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during the Asian Chamber of Commerce's monthly lunch at the Gold Coast casino-hotel in Las Vegas Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (Erik Verduzco/Las vegas Review-Journal)  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Ron Prosor / New York Times:
Club Med for Terrorists  —  THE hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution.  While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 
 
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For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe
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Aaron Sharp / Mirror.co.uk:
SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to ‘smash Islamic State’
Andrew Shain / The State:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Local, state Democrats go rogue
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