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8:00 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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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.”
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 …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems paint GOP as shutdown party
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dana Bash / CNN:
McConnell to CNN: Obama would have ‘a lot of congressional support’ for action against ISIS
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Again Faces Congress Question on Syria
Discussion: CNN
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New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
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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Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:   Between the World and Ferguson
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 …
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Politico:
Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa
Discussion: Gallup, The PJ Tatler and Hullabaloo
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Former Iowa Republican official admits to taking payment for support of Ron Paul's presidential …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration  —  Congressman Steve King said today the threat of another government shutdown could be Republicans' leverage to pass border security and immigration legislation this fall.  —  Congress must act before the end of September to either approve …
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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
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.
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
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People.com:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘I Will Help Hillary Get Elected’  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't positive Hillary Clinton will run for president, but the woman who took Clinton's former New York Senate seat would like to think so.  —  “In my mind, she's definitely running,” Gillibrand tells PEOPLE.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and OnPolitics
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand: Peers called me ‘porky’
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 …
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
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
ESPN says it regrets Michael Sam shower report that drew criticism  —  After it found itself at the epicenter of a storm of criticism over a report on the shower habits of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player on an NFL roster, and his teammates, ESPN responded Wednesday morning with a further statement on the report.
Discussion: Althouse, Hot Air, Mediaite, Shakesville and ESPN
 
 
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Erwin Chemerinsky / New York Times:
How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops
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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
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