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5:50 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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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
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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 …
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.
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: New York Times, CANNONFIRE and Corrente
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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
Fox News:
More White House officials at Michael Brown's funeral than Thatcher's  —  People begin to line up to attend the funeral for Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis.AP  —  The White House sent three officials to attend Monday's funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis …
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New York Times:
Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes  —  CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya …
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Ron Prosor / New York Times:
Club Med for Terrorists
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Journalist Foley's Killer Appears In GOP Senate Candidate's Ad (VIDEO)  —  The masked man who beheaded journalist James Foley appears in a web video created in support of New Mexico Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh.  —  The ad, released by the New Mexico Republican Party …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Foley killer featured in Republican campaign ad
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
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Why Rape Prevention Activists Don't Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies  —  A manicure isn't the solution to rape on college campuses.  —  CREDIT: Shutterstock  —  A group of four college students is taking the media by storm with the development of an innovative nail polish …
Anne Penketh / Guardian:
France thrown into political turmoil after government dissolved  —  Manuel Valls told to form new government after crisis triggered by minister calling for end to austerity policies imposed by Germany  —  France has entered uncharted political waters after the prime minister, Manuel Valls …
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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Eugene Mandel / The Jawbone Blog:
How the Napa Earthquake affected Bay Area sleepers  —  The South Napa Earthquake was the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years.  Our data science team wanted to quantify its effect on sleep by looking at the data recorded by Jawbone UP wearers in the Bay Area who track their sleep patterns.
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Noah Berger / ABC News:
Damages From Northern California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion
Discussion: abc7.com and KTLA
Wtvrwebstaff / WTVR-TV:
‘Enraged’ soldier who shot herself at Fort Lee has died  —  FORT LEE, Va. -The solider who shot herself while barricaded inside an office in a command headquarters building Monday morning at Fort Lee has died.  —  Officials said the soldier was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center after an early morning incident.
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: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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.
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
 
 
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Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge
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Chicago Sun Times:
Quinn nixes Uber bill, says it would be a disservice to consumers
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Future of Export-Import Bank Is Wild Card in Key Senate Races
Mike Allen / Politico:
71 days to midterms - CLINTON LIBRARY to spill new secrets - RISING-STAR DEMS buck administration …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Restores Gun Rights To Ex-Cop Who Tried To Sexually Assault A Woman With His Gun
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Booman Tribune
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Experts' eyes turn to Colo.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Local, state Democrats go rogue
Discussion: Washington Post
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VERMONT RESTAURANT REMOVES BACON SIGN DUE TO MUSLIM OPPOSITION AND SAFETY CONCERNS
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