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6:45 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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems paint GOP as shutdown party
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Politico:
Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past’
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
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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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: RUBIO SMASHES OBAMA'S PLANNED EXECUTIVE AMNESTY, SHIFTS FROM ‘COMPREHENSIVE’ IMMIGRATION REFORM
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Marco Rubio's course correction on immigration
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Twitchy and Hot Air
Dana Bash / CNN:
McConnell to CNN: Obama would have ‘a lot of congressional support’ for action against ISIS  —  Nicholasville, Kentucky (CNN) - Sen. Mitch McConnell knew how surprising it was going to sound to room full of Kentucky voters that he backs President Barack Obama on something.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Again Faces Congress Question on Syria
Discussion: CNN
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
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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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and addictinginfo.org
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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