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10:30 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 …
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.”
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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New York Times:
Obama Authorizes Air Surveillance of ISIS in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White House is how to target the Sunni extremists without helping President Bashar al-Assad.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
VA Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because Of Delays
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
The Hill:
WH struggles with message on ISIS threat
Discussion: The Other McCain
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
No Link Found for Deaths and Veterans' Care Delays
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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  —  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:
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In South Carolina, Rubio heals wounds on the right  —  Anderson, South Carolina (CNN) — Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year as the Senate immigration reform bill he sponsored hit a roadblock in the Republican-controlled House.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lays Groundwork for Syria Strike
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Washington Post:
Qatar played now-familiar role in helping to broker U.S. hostage's release
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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
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The Political Eye:
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