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The Hill:
WH struggles with message on ISIS threat  —  The White House is struggling to deliver a clear message on the threat posed by radical Islamist group ISIS and what the administration might do to counteract it.  —  Officials have sowed confusion by giving different statements at different times …
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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
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays  —  The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months …
Discussion: Politico
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
No Link Found for Deaths and Veterans' Care Delays
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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John Eligon / New York Times:
Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling.  He had seen something overpowering.  In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Brown's Unremarkable Humanity
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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: The Daily Caller
Paul Craig / KPTV-TV:
Police: Naked man damaged cars, kicked officer at hemp festival  —  A naked man had to be sedated at a hemp festival in southern Oregon after police said he damaged cars, started fights and kicked an officer.  —  Oregon State Police troopers responded to the Jefferson State Hemp Expo in Grants Pass at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who Should Be Banned as Panelists For the New “Meet?”  —  So the “vision” NBC president Deborah Turness has (according to an interview with the New York Times' Bill Carter) for the new, Chuck-Todd-moderated Meet the Press could just as easily be interpreted as a blast from the past:
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and Mediaite
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News President Wants An Edgier ‘Meet The Press’
Matt Stone / Boston Herald:
Suffolk-Herald poll: Coakley, Grossman gov battle tightens  —  Photo by:  —  Attorney General Martha Coakley's seemingly insurmountable lead has dwindled to a dozen points in the Democratic race for governor, according to a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of very likely primary voters.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With Bombing ISIS  —  Striking the jihadists in Syria is reckless without allies on the ground.  —  In my heart, I'd love to see the Obama administration pursue ISIS into Syria.  First, because stopping genocide is a good justification for war.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Flips On Climate Change: ‘No’ It's Not Scientifically Proven
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Revealed: Wisconsin John Doe investigation was full-blown anti-conservative fishing expedition
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Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge
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Reid calls legislators ‘cowards’ over prostitution
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Future of Export-Import Bank Is Wild Card in Key Senate Races
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Mike Allen / Politico:
71 days to midterms - CLINTON LIBRARY to spill new secrets - RISING-STAR DEMS buck administration …
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