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2:30 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  —  Credit: Jeff Brown for The New York Times  —  “There's only one thing Barack Obama needs to keep his grip on power,” Mitch McConnell said, his voice cracking amid the applause.  “He needs the U.S. Senate!”  —  It was the first Saturday in August …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won't Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at an August 2014 campaign event  —  CREDIT: Mitch McConnell's Facebook page  —  At a Koch Brothers-hosted secret strategy conference of right-wing millionaire …
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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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.
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
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:
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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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 …
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven Sotloff  —  The mother of an American hostage being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released an emotional video appeal to his captors on Wednesday.  Shirley Sotloff, the mother of the 31-year-old freelance journalist Steven J. Sotloff …
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Los Angeles Times:
White House confirms death of American jihadist fighting in Syria
Discussion: The Daily Banter and KTLA
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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Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia
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.
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says  —  Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man's family.
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Jill Drury / WDTN-TV:
Dueling demands in Walmart shooting case
Sam Wang / New Yorker:
Could an Independent in Kansas Swing the Senate?  —  In national politics, Kansas is considered as Republican as they come: Mitt Romney carried the state in 2012 by twenty-two percentage points, and the last Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Kansas was Lyndon Johnson, in 1964.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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CNN:
McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Media curiously silent on “Truthy”
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Bloomberg:
Boehner-Haters Heading Back to Congress With More Allies
Discussion: Politico
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Between the World and Ferguson
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
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Cush / Gawker:
World's Greatest Two-Year-Old Drops F-Bomb After Ice Bucket Challenge
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly
Daily Mail:
Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
James Hohmann / Politico:
Florida Democrats nominate Charlie Crist
Discussion: The Week
 

 
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Michael Heyward / Whisper:
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Tamara Baluja / J-source:
CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

 
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