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11:55 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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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
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Addresses Vets in Trip Laden With Politics
Discussion: CNN
The Hill:
WH struggles with message on ISIS threat
Discussion: The Other McCain
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
VA Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because Of Delays
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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 …
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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 …
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Reuters:
Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say  —  (Reuters) - Palestinian officials said on Tuesday a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent.  —  There was no immediate confirmation from Israel …
Discussion: Business Insider and Liberaland
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  —  The official government office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) posted to its website on Tuesday a slickly produced 40-second video centered on a wind-up toy monkey that sits in Boehner's house.  —  The website says that the toy monkey …
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.”
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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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Turner Broadcasting offers voluntary buyouts  —  Seeking to reduce costs at channels like TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and CNN, Turner Broadcasting today announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees.  —  The buyout offers are taking place as part of a far-reaching effort …
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Wall Street Journal:
Warren Buffett to Invest in Burger King's Planned Deal for Tim Hortons  —  Investor Warren Buffett is helping finance Burger King's planned takeover of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a surprise twist that thrusts the billionaire into a debate over U.S. taxes.
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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: Instapundit
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis?  —  There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry.  Response rates to political polls are dismal.  Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil  —  FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lays Groundwork for Syria Strike  —  The Pentagon is preparing to send surveillance aircraft, including drones, into Syrian airspace to gather intelligence on Islamist targets, laying the groundwork for a possible expansion of the limited U.S. military air campaign beyond Iraq.
Discussion: Business Insider and Fox News
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Fox News:
US begins surveillance flights over Syria after Obama authorization
 
 
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Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter ‘smelly’
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Race for Governor Could Shape U.S. Politics for Years to Come
Discussion: Washington Post
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At Michael Brown funeral, Al Sharpton's double-edged eulogy evokes anger
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll
Discussion: Politico and CBS DC
BBC:
Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Kyle Spencer / KSL-TV:
Woman accidentally shoots family member in car
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Paul Craig / KPTV-TV:
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