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9:40 AM ET, August 26, 2014

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Holly Yan / CNN:
New clues in Michael Brown shooting  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown's shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson police on August 9, the man's attorney told CNN.
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
An Ill-Chosen Phrase, ‘No Angel,’ Brings a Storm of Protest  —  Two words — “no angel” — have become a flash point for many of the difficult, contentious, entrenched issues that have arisen in Ferguson, Mo. On Twitter, in my email queue and across the Internet, many Times readers are angry …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Addresses Vets in Trip Laden With Politics  —  Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.  The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance …
Discussion: CNN
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The Hill:
WH struggles with message on ISIS threat  —  The White House is struggling to deliver a clear message on the threat posed by radical Islamist group ISIS and what the administration might do to counteract it.  —  Officials have sowed confusion by giving different statements at different times …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Bill Burton / Politico:
Stop Complaining About Obama's Golfing  —  Everyone is better at their job when they take some time off.  Even the president.  —  Of course, Obama is hardly the first president to vacation - President John Adams took an amazing eight months off in one year in office, and President John F …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Obama Approves Air Surveillance of ISIS in Syria
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Statement on Discovery of Backups for “Missing” Lois Lerner IRS Emails  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced the following developments in the IRS' missing emails investigation.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated:  —  Department of Justice attorneys …
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Sidney Powell / The New York Observer:   IRS Shocker: Filing Reveals Lerner Blackberry Destroyed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sanders weighs Clinton challenge  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) is gearing up for a presidential primary challenge against Hillary Clinton and hopes to capitalize on Democratic concerns over Clinton's coziness with Wall Street banks.  —  Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays  —  The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months …
Discussion: Politico
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
No Link Found for Deaths and Veterans' Care Delays
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Foley killer featured in Republican campaign ad  —  (CNN) — The masked man appears briefly, for only a frame or two, but it's startling nonetheless.  —  The not-yet-identified killer of kidnapped American photographer James Foley is featured in an ominous and risky campaign ad released Monday …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Journalist Foley's Killer Appears In GOP Senate Candidate's Ad (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
BBC:
Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’  —  A group of Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine crossed the border “by accident”, Russian military sources are quoted as saying.  —  Ukraine said 10 paratroopers were captured, and has released video interviews of some of the men.
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Politico:
Surf's up  —  Will there be a GOP wave in the Senate—or a wipeout?  —  So where's the wave?  This is President Obama's sixth-year-itch election.  The map of states with contested Senate seats could hardly be better from the Republicans' vantage point.  And the breaks this year …
Discussion: Washington Post
Kyle Spencer / KSL-TV:
Woman accidentally shoots family member in car  —  WEST JORDAN — A woman is in fair condition after she was accidentally shot by a family member while in a car they were both traveling in, police say.  —  Two women were traveling to a Taylorsville pawn shop to sell a gun.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Politico:
Joe Biden's secret fundraisers  —  Vice President Joe Biden has been crisscrossing the country attending closed-door fundraisers and donor events for Democratic House candidates — but you won't find many on his schedule.  —  In Seattle, Biden worked a photo line at Boeing Field before taking off on Air Force Two.
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lays Groundwork for Syria Strike
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Qatar played now-familiar role in helping to broker U.S. hostage's release
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Fox News
Paul Craig / KPTV-TV:
Police: Naked man damaged cars, kicked officer at hemp festival
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Flips On Climate Change: ‘No’ It's Not Scientifically Proven
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Matt Stone / Boston Herald:
Suffolk-Herald poll: Coakley, Grossman gov battle tightens
FOX 13 News:
Legally blind man shoots teen nephew during break-in
New York Times:
Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.
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Chicago Sun Times:
Quinn nixes Uber bill, says it would be a disservice to consumers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Noah Berger / ABC News:
Damages From Northern California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion
Discussion: abc7.com and KTLA
Anne Penketh / Guardian:
France thrown into political turmoil after government dissolved
The Political Eye:
Reid calls legislators ‘cowards’ over prostitution
Discussion: Booman Tribune and OnPolitics
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who Should Be Banned as Panelists For the New “Meet?”
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais Wins by 38 Votes, Jim Tracy Concedes
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