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3:00 AM ET, August 28, 2014

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Politico:
Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past’  —  A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding women voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”
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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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems paint GOP as shutdown party
Discussion: The Hill, The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa  —  The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters.  —  According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday …
Discussion: Gallup, The PJ Tatler and Hullabaloo
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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 …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Former Iowa Republican official admits to taking payment for support of Ron Paul's presidential …
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Stein: Michael Brown Was ‘Armed With His Incredibly Strong, Scary Self’  —  Conservative pundit Ben Stein appeared on Newsmax on Tuesday to discuss the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and challenged the use of the term “unarmed” to describe Brown.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Two legal guests tell CNN their Brown shooting audio might be a hoax  —  For more than 24-hours, CNN has been regularly playing a clip of audio which purports to reveal the exact moment when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson.  Each time it was played …
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Kasia Klimasinska / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Gap Narrows to Smallest Since 2007, CBO Says
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Romina Boccia / Daily Signal:
New Report Shows U.S. Deficit for Just This Year Is Huge
New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
New York Times:
A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage  —  WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — The four-hour tours offered by one of the big gun ranges here are a popular tourist attraction: Starting at $200 a person, a bus will pick up visitors at their hotel in Las Vegas, 25 miles to the north …
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Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
In Wake of Arizona Uzi Killing, NRA Tweets About Kids Having Fun With Guns
Discussion: Mashable and CBS New York
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP  —  Leading U.S. officials now believe that America has to expand its air war against ISIS into Syria, but nobody knows yet how we can do it... or what will happen next.  —  President Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Shouldn't Bomb ISIS in Syria
Martha P. Nochimson / Vox:
Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?  —  David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking  —  The main topic of conversation about The Sopranos, seven years after the series finale, is still whether Tony Soprano, mob boss of North Jersey, is dead or not.
Dimi Reider / +972 Magazine:
ZARA apologizes, says yellow star shirts will be ‘exterminated’  —  Following an international outcry this morning over a striped children's shirt embossed with a yellow Star of David, fashion company Zara began removing the product page from its websites.  While the statement …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand: Peers called me ‘porky’  —  “Don't lose too much weight now.  I like my girls chubby,” one lawmaker told Gillibrand.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand reveals in her new book that a number of her male colleagues on Capitol Hill made remarks about her weight …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
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People.com:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘I Will Help Hillary Get Elected’
Discussion: OnPolitics and CNN
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Georgia cops fired Taser 13 times ‘as a cattle prod’ to make tired man walk before he died  —  A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, his attorney said this week.
Discussion: addictinginfo.org and Hullabaloo
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WSB-TV:
Attorney: East Point police fired Taser at man 13 times before death
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Bloomberg:
FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JPMorgan Hacking  —  Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation …
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces  —  The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development.
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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions of immigrants
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Fox News:
West Point report describes Islamic State threat as crisis 4 years in the making
Perry Stein / City Desk:
Former GWU President's Solution for Sexual Assaults on Campus? Stop Drinking, Ladies
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How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke remain inside margin of error in Wisconsin governor's race
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ESPN says it regrets Michael Sam shower report that drew criticism
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