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7:40 AM ET, August 27, 2014

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NBC News:
‘Islam Over Everything’: American Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS  —  Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego, was killed over the weekend while fighting for ISIS, according to the Free Syrian Army.
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New York Times:
U.S. Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Business Insider, Guardian and Fox News
Dave Hawkins / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Shooting instructor dies after being accidentally shot by girl  —  The entrance to Bullets and Burgers enterprise at the Last Stop, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, is shown.  A shooting instructor at the outdoor range died Monday night after being accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl using an automatic 9mm Uzi earlier in the day.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions' Risks
Discussion: BillMoyers.com, The Dish and Gawker
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Burger King swallows Tim Hortons; new firm is Canada-bound  —  Burger King Worldwide Inc. said Tuesday it would buy the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut chain for about $11.4 billion and place the new firm's headquarters in Canada, where the corporate tax rate is lower than in the U.S.
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.
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Craig / Uber Blog:
Uber's Marketing Program to Recruit Drivers: Operation SLOG  —  There's been a lot of discussion - and a lot of misinformation - about Uber's driver recruitment and the ridesharing industry's at large.  We'd like to set the record straight and demystify our recruiting efforts …
Jill Drury / WDTN-TV:
Dueling demands in Walmart shooting case  —  Related Coverage  —  Grass roots group calls for DOJ to look at Walmart shooting  —  Police release dispatch audio, video of Walmart shooting  —  Officer involved in Walmart shooting back on the job  —  BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
College board mandates left-wing narrative for AP U.S. History  —  The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement exams, is effectively requiring that AP U.S. History be taught from a hard-left perspective.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and US News
Kara Brown / Jezebel:
Sofia Vergara Got to Participate in the Sexist Portion of the Emmys  —  Well, the Emmys are still on an hour after they should have ended, so perhaps it's fitting that they started scraping the bottom of the barrel.  We have now entered the unfunny, sexist part of the program.
Discussion: Inside TV, Mediaite and US News
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Feminism Or Sexism? Depends. Is It Beyonce's VMAs or Vergara's Emmys?
Eddie Scarry / Mediaite:
Romney on 2016 Run: ‘Circumstances Can Change’  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has denied he's not going to make a third bid for the White House but on Tuesday he left open a very small window.  —  “I know you're going to press, but you know, this is something we gave …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
James Hohmann / Politico:
Florida Democrats nominate Charlie Crist  —  Florida Democrats nominated Charlie Crist for governor on Tuesday, an unsurprising but nonetheless remarkable victory for the former Republican.  —  The 58-year-old's easy win over former state Sen. Nan Rich in Tuesday's primary caps a stunning turnaround.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
The Times' newsroom set to ring with the sounds of typewriters once more  —  Almost as if the digital revolution never happened, the newsroom of The Times once again resounds to the clatter of the old-fashioned typewriter.  —  Nearly three decades after Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper publisher revolutionised …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism  —  There's been so much talk of late about the transformation of the Republican Party over the course of the last few decades that it is easy to become inured to reports of ideologically extreme new arrivals in the party's ranks.
Daily Mail:
Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN  —  The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
Governor Cuomo's Failure on Ethics Reform Hinders an Endorsement  —  More than four years ago, while announcing his campaign for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan and said Albany's antics “could make Boss Tweed blush.”
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads  —  L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights.  Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there's more where that came from.  —  Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia …
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
 
 
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Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia
Discussion: Firedoglake and Globe and Mail
Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting
Discussion: Informed Comment and Shakesville
David Montgomery / New York Times:
Texas v. Perry Emerges From Years of Struggle Over Anticorruption Unit
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Madness of 2008  —  A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and neo-neocon
Ashton Edwards / fox13now.com:
Condition of newborn girl found in garbage declining, mother being evaluated
Discussion: KFOR-TV and WTVR-TV
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
McDonnell Living With Priest Who Pleaded Guilty To Sex Crime
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's List of 6 Favorite Books Has One Huge Omission
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post