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9:25 AM ET, August 27, 2014

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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.
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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.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout  —  Burger King plans to merge with Canuck coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base the company's headquarters in Canada where it will enjoy the kind of reasonable corporate tax structure that Democrats continue to obstruct here in the United States.
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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.
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions' Risks
Discussion: BillMoyers.com, The Dish and Gawker
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 …
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.
John R. Parkinson / ABC News:
The Note: Obama Mulls Options for Airstrikes Over Syria  — OBAMA APPROVES ISIS SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS OVER SYRIA: President Obama has approved U.S military surveillance flights over Syria to track the Islamic militant group ISIS, a group that American warplanes have been attacking in neighboring Iraq, ABC News has confirmed.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week
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
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying … A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she'd done with money from a settlement that was supposed …
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 …
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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly  —  I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy.  Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him.
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.”
Andy Cush / Gawker:
World's Greatest Two-Year-Old Drops F-Bomb After Ice Bucket Challenge  —  We have seen have seen more ice buckets dropped on heads than we care to remember.  We have seen superheroes and wanted criminals, former presidents and wisdom teeth patients who are obviously faking it.
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
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.
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Melissa Davey / Guardian:
World Congress of Families conference in chaos as venues decline to host
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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Are (Slowly) Learning to Love Obamacare
Discussion: Capitol Report
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
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
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David Montgomery / New York Times:
Texas v. Perry Emerges From Years of Struggle Over Anticorruption Unit
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Madness of 2008  —  A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.”
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's List of 6 Favorite Books Has One Huge Omission
 

 
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