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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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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   A Funeral in Ferguson
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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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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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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais Wins by 38 Votes, Jim Tracy Concedes  —  Rep. Scott DesJarlais has officially won his primary, barely squeaking past state Sen. Jim Tracy, who conceded Monday after more than two tense weeks following Tennessee's Republican primary in the 4th District.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Under Obama, racial hope but no change  —  Six years ago, Barack Obama's election was going to usher in a new era of racial understanding.  —  That hasn't happened.  Few, if any, anticipated that the man whose election itself was historic would be in a constant lose-lose situation as president when it came to race.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and KMOV-TV
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Ahead of Michael Brown's funeral, calls to not let the moment pass
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
 
 
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