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2:30 PM 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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Lauretta Brown / CNSNews:
Obama Sent No Representative to Memorial Mass for Beheaded Journalist James Foley  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists.
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Bill Burton / Politico:
Stop Complaining About Obama's Golfing
Discussion: Mediaite
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Addresses Vets in Trip Laden With Politics
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and CNN
The Hill:
WH struggles with message on ISIS threat
Discussion: The Other McCain
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Sofia Vergara blasts critics of ‘sexist’ Emmy pedestal  —  Backstage at the Primetime Emmys, Sofia Vergara blasted critics who called her pedestal gag sexist.  —  During the 66th annual awards, the Modern Family actress stepped onto on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves …
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Feminism Or Sexism? Depends. Is It Beyonce's VMAs or Vergara's Emmys?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's List of 6 Favorite Books Has One Huge Omission  —  World's Most Honest Man suffers strange memory loss.  —  Shares  —  Paul Ryan was asked by the Week to list his six favorite books about economics and democracy.  The request was a bit mischievous, as Ryan has tried …
Fox News:
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for Burger King boycott over planned Tim Hortons deal  —  U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, listens to a testimony during a hearing on banks and the financial crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 15, 2011.  (File/Reuters)
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
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Max Fisher / Vox:
One in six French people say they support ISIS  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  Two polls released this week both ask a question that you would hope wouldn't need asking: how many people support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?  Unfortunately, in all four countries surveyed …
Sidney Powell / The New York Observer:
IRS Shocker: Filing Reveals Lerner Blackberry Destroyed  —  The device was wiped AFTER Congressional inquiry began  —  The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan's court reveals shocking new information.  The IRS destroyed Lerner's Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed …
Politico:
Will there be a GOP wave or wipeout in the Senate?  —  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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Lost in America  —  More and more I'm convinced that America right now isn't a country dealing with a mere dip in its mood and might.  It's a country surrendering to a new identity and era, in which optimism is quaint and the frontier anything but endless.  —  There's a feeling of helplessness …
Discussion: RedState
Caleb Smith / Speaker.gov:
The Monkey in the Room  —  As shown in the pictures below, the monkey is the second most photographed subject in H-232, aside from Speaker Boehner himself.  It all started in the fall of 2011, when Speaker Boehner joked in an interview that some days he felt like a windup toy because his jam-packed scheduled kept him so busy.
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Eddie Scarry / Mediaite:
Boehner Shoots Bizarre Video With Wind-Up Monkey Toy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and OnPolitics
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Race for Governor Could Shape U.S. Politics for Years to Come  —  Everyone knows the most important political race in the country this fall is the race that determines control of the U.S. Senate, which is very much up in the air.  According to The New York Times prediction model …
Discussion: Washington Post
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms  —  With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.  About six-in-ten (61%) Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters think their party …
Discussion: OnPolitics
The Wrap:
550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (Exclusive)  —  An individual with knowledge of the network's plans tell TheWrap a large portion are expected at the two cable channels  —  Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner's Turner network this week …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry's legal team  —  Republican strategist and former John McCain consultant Steve Schmidt has joined the team helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the strategy around his indictment, POLITICO has learned.  —  Schmidt is the latest addition to a team that Perry has been expanding with legal hands.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry's PAC Capitalizes on Mug Shot
Pew Internet:
Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’  —  Summary of Findings  —  A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At Michael Brown funeral, Al Sharpton's double-edged eulogy evokes anger  —  MISSOURI AL SHARPTON RACE AND DIVERSITY FERGUSON  —  The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has been so heavily politicized that it would have been unreasonable to expect Brown's funeral to be free of politics …
Priscilla Frank / The Huffington Post:
Photographer Captures Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions  —  We've read the daunting headlines.  We've seen the bleak predictions.  We know in our minds that climate change is putting our Earth's future in danger.  And yet there's something uniquely frightening …
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 …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
McDonnell Living With Priest Who Pleaded Guilty To Sex Crime  —  Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revealed during testimony last week that he moved out of his family home and in with his parish priest the week before his federal corruption trial began.  —  McDonnell explained on the stand …
 
 
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Cornel West and the Insular World of the Obama-Hating Left
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Women's Equality Day: ‘More work to do’
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Ashley Fantz / CNN:
VA official: No deaths due to wait times at Phoenix VA facility
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The One Political Moment From The Emmys
Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter ‘smelly’
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll
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