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9:45 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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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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems paint GOP as shutdown party
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration
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 …
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  —  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
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Former Iowa Republican official admits to taking payment for support of Ron Paul's presidential …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
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
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 Jezebel
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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
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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion On a New Front  —  DONETSK, Ukraine — Determined to preserve the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine, Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday, sending armored troops across the border as it expanded …
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
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.
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Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Again Faces Congress Question on Syria
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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