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8:50 AM ET, August 26, 2014

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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 …
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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
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Obama Approves Air Surveillance of ISIS in Syria
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
No Link Found for Deaths and Veterans' Care Delays
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Brown's Unremarkable Humanity  —  The New York Times has a feature today looking at the brief life of Michael Brown, informing us that he was “no angel.”  The reasons for this are many.  Brown smoked marijuana.  He lived in a community that “had rough patches.”
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Washington Post
John Eligon / New York Times:
Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise
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
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 …
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.
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
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
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter  —  The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.  —  The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor …
Paul Craig / KPTV-TV:
Police: Naked man damaged cars, kicked officer at hemp festival  —  A naked man had to be sedated at a hemp festival in southern Oregon after police said he damaged cars, started fights and kicked an officer.  —  Oregon State Police troopers responded to the Jefferson State Hemp Expo in Grants Pass at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Raw Story
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: Althouse, Politico and Mediaite
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News President Wants An Edgier ‘Meet The Press’
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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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Flips On Climate Change: ‘No’ It's Not Scientifically Proven
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Matt Stone / Boston Herald:
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New York Times:
Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.
Chicago Sun Times:
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The Political Eye:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Future of Export-Import Bank Is Wild Card in Key Senate Races
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
ISIS in the 21st Century
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