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8:15 AM ET, August 25, 2014

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Ahead of Michael Brown's funeral, calls to not let the moment pass  —  (CNN) - One day before thousands are expected to gather for the funeral of Michael Brown, political and civil rights leaders don't appear ready to let the moment pass.  On the Sunday political talk shows …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton ignored reporters' questions about the racial conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday at the end of a book-signing event in Westhampton Beach, a vacation enclave near her rented summer house.  —  Clinton, the potential 2016 …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Dinesh D'Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Propping Up Obama  —  The left-liberal establishment is in crisis at the moment.  They can't make up their mind between desperately trying to prop up Obama, and giving up on him and increasing their distance.  Maureen Dowd has given up, judging from her brutal column today, “The Golf Address.”
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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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Al Jazeera English:
Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria  —  Peter Theo Curtis is handed over to UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights nearly two years after he was captured.  —  An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights …
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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 …
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Funeral in Ferguson  —  Two weeks after the killing of Michael Brown, we have become painfully familiar with his parents through their public appearances and television interviews, their faces drawn, their sorrow apparent.  —  Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, constantly dabbing tears from her face …
BBC:
Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90  —  Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.  —  Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.
Yahoo! News:
Australian woman records ‘sex assault’ on Malaysia Airlines flight  —  An Australian woman has revealed recordings of her alleged sexual assault at the hands of the chief steward on a Malaysia Airlines flight.  —  View Comments  — Mail  —  Three hours into the half-full flight to Paris …
Michelle Moons / BREITBART.COM:
VERMONT RESTAURANT REMOVES BACON SIGN DUE TO MUSLIM OPPOSITION AND SAFETY CONCERNS  —  Local Winooski, Vermont restaurant Sneakers Bistro has removed a sign that read, “Yield Sneakers Bacon” citing opposition from a Muslim community member and safety concerns.
Discussion: TPNN
 
 
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