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11:45 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.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems paint GOP as shutdown party
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch
Dana Bash / CNN:
McConnell to CNN: Obama would have ‘a lot of congressional support’ for action against ISIS
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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 …
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 Raw Story
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New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Shouldn't Bomb ISIS in Syria  —  We have no strategy for intervening there, and no reason to think it will work.  —  Let's hope that President Obama does not bomb ISIS inside Syria—unless, maybe, the airstrikes are coordinated with some other country's troops on the ground.
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP
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
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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People.com:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘I Will Help Hillary Get Elected’
Discussion: OnPolitics and CNN
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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New York Times:
A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage
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
Erwin Chemerinsky / New York Times:
How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke remain inside margin of error in Wisconsin governor's race
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Media curiously silent on “Truthy”
Discussion: The Week
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: The Jon Stewart Ferguson Segment You've Been Waiting For
Discussion: Washington Monthly