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5:10 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
Discussion: Shakesville
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New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
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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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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: RUBIO SMASHES OBAMA'S PLANNED EXECUTIVE AMNESTY, SHIFTS FROM ‘COMPREHENSIVE’ IMMIGRATION REFORM  —  A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) partnered with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Marco Rubio's course correction on immigration
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Twitchy and Hot Air
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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Former Iowa State Senator Pleads Guilty to Concealing Federal Campaign Expenditures  —  A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from a presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services from one candidate to another and to obstructing …
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.
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism  —  In Orange County, Calif., the probation department's “supervised electronic confinement program,” which monitors the movements of low-risk offenders, has been outsourced to a private company, Sentinel Offender Services.
Discussion: Balkinization
 
 
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Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration
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
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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
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
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
 

 
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