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1:20 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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Ashley Fantz / CNN:
VA official: No deaths due to wait times at Phoenix VA facility  —  (CNN) — A soon-to-be-released inspector general's report finds that a waiting list is not the cause of any deaths at the VA facility in Phoenix, a Department of Veterans Affairs official said Tuesday.
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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
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
Discussion: Business Insider and Liberaland
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
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Disapproval of Congress Linked to Higher Voter Turnout
Discussion: U.S. News
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
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
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
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
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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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Turner Broadcasting offers voluntary buyouts
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
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and New York Times
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
GAO finds no fault with ‘social cost of carbon’  —  A government probe into the metric used by federal agencies to measure the “social cost of carbon” found no evidence that it was improperly developed, investigators said Monday.  —  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's List of 6 Favorite Books Has One Huge Omission
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Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter ‘smelly’
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and CBS DC
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BBC:
Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’
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Woman accidentally shoots family member in car
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