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3:35 PM ET, August 27, 2014

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Lauren Windsor / The Nation:
Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)  —  At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise  —  WASHINGTON — Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won't Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue  —  Jon Stewart returned from a long summer break to tackle the unrest in Ferguson over the past few weeks.  In fact, he started out by taking the Ferguson Challenge.  It's like the Ice Bucket Challenge, only with mace and tear gas.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: The Jon Stewart Ferguson Segment You've Been Waiting For  —  “The Daily Show” returned from hiatus Tuesday night and Jon Stewart finally tackled the situation in Ferguson, Mo., directing the brunt of his criticism at what he saw as Fox News' misplaced outrage over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CBO's Publications:
An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024  —  The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year.  However, later in the coming decade, if current laws governing federal taxes …
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New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Burger King Says It's Not Trying to Dodge Taxes by Moving to Canada.  Is It Telling the Truth?  —  Burger King swears it's not moving to Canada for the taxes.  —  Jordan Weissmann is Slate's senior business and economics correspondent.  —  The fast food chain is officially set to purchase Tim Hortons …
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Burger King and the Whopper About Taxes
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.
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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.
New York Times:
Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East  —  NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town …
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Thomas Graham / Politico:
Who Cares About Ukraine?  —  Vladimir Putin does.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air and The Dish
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Marco Rubio's course correction on immigration  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL IMMIGRATION BARACK OBAMA MARCO RUBIO  —  Marco Rubio's office got in touch this week to say the Florida senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful wanted to discuss immigration.
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Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke remain inside margin of error in Wisconsin governor's race  —  MILWAUKEE - A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker receiving the support of 47.5 percent of registered voters and Democratic challenger Mary Burke receiving 44.1 percent support.
Josh Barro / New York Times:
Everyday Economics: Don't Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat?  You Can Pay Me  —  Don't Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat?  You Can Pay Me  —  I fly a lot.  When I fly, I recline.  I don't feel guilty about it.  And I'm going to keep doing it, unless you pay me to stop.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Media curiously silent on “Truthy”  —  It's been a couple of days since the Washington Free Beacon's Elizabeth Harrington first reported on the three-year-old federal grant from the National Science Foundation for the “Truthy” database, and ... not much else has happened.
Discussion: The Week and Fox News Insider
Elise Gould / Economic Policy Institute:
Why America's Workers Need Faster Wage Growth—And What We Can Do About It  —  The last year has been a poor one for American workers' wages.  Comparing the first half of 2014 with the first half of 2013, real (inflation-adjusted) hourly wages fell for workers in nearly every decile—even for those with a bachelor's or advanced degree.
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Between the World and Ferguson  —  When I was eighteen, I stumbled across Richard Wright's poem “Between the World and Me.”  The poem, a retelling of a lynching, shook me, because while the narrator relays the details in the first person, the actual victim of that brutish ritual is another man, unknown to him and unknown to us.
WSB-TV:
Attorney: East Point police fired Taser at man 13 times before death  —  EAST POINT, Ga. —  Only Channel 2 Action News has learned that police Tased a man in handcuffs up to 13 times before he died.  —  We're learning about the department policies the officers allegedly violated during this deadly encounter.
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them  —  New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.  —  As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body …
 
 
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Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Hillary Clinton to court Democratic women in September
Discussion: Washington Post
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
ESPN says it regrets Michael Sam shower report that drew criticism
Discussion: Althouse, Hot Air, Mediaite and ESPN
CNN:
McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sam Wang / New Yorker:
Could an Independent in Kansas Swing the Senate?
Bloomberg:
Boehner-Haters Heading Back to Congress With More Allies
Discussion: Politico
John Parkinson / ABC News:
The Note: Obama Mulls Options for Airstrikes Over Syria
Discussion: ABC News
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
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Andy Cush / Gawker:
World's Greatest Two-Year-Old Drops F-Bomb After Ice Bucket Challenge
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius
Daily Mail:
Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Florida Democrats nominate Charlie Crist
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