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2:05 PM ET, August 28, 2014

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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hagan wins North Carolina  —  Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is the target of what could be the most aggressive, dishonest, vindictive and lavishly financed negative campaign against any statewide candidate I've ever seen, yet according to the summary of polling from Real Clear Politics …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans' “Thought” to 2014 Election Exceeds Democrats'
Discussion: Washington Post
Salon:
The left's secret midterm weapon: How marijuana ballot initiatives can change turnout
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Todd Pushes RNC Chair: ‘Too Many Crazy White Guys’?  —  On MSNBC's “The Daily Rundown,” host Chuck Todd asked Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Thursday about report commissioned by two conservative groups that found that the Republican party …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Obama's immigration decision could roil 2014 election
Isabel Gorst / Los Angeles Times:
Russians invading, says Ukraine leader; tanks reported crossing border  —  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a snap meeting of his security council Thursday, declaring that Russian forces had invaded the country.  —  Poroshenko dropped plans to attend the inauguration …
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TMZ.com:
Joan Rivers — Stops Breathing During Surgery ...  (Update: Critical Condition)  —  STOPS BREATHING DURING SURGERY  —  (Update: Critical Condition)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  8:49 AM PT — The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition.  —  We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating.
The Huffington Post:
NRA: ‘Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range’  —  WASHINGTON — Less than two days after a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed a gun range instructor who was showing her how to fire an Uzi, the National Rifle Association on Wednesday touted new ways for children to “have fun” at shooting ranges.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal  —  Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.  —  Buried in the fine print of the deal …
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
False Hope: Why Libertarians Won't Help Republicans Win the Youth Vote  —  The Republican Party has a major problem with young voters.  According to national exit polls, the GOP has lost the under-30 vote by a wide margin in every election since 2004.  In 2012, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney …
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.
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
MUSLIM GANG RAPISTS ARE SPRINGING UP EVERYWHERE.  WHY CAN'T WE BE HONEST ABOUT IT?  —  The notorious Sydney gang rapes in 2000 were committed by Lebanese Australians.  Muslim men raped women and girls as young as 14.  Australia, being a sensible sort of place, identified that the rapists …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court  —  Like Barack Obama, the chief justice came into office promising an age of apolitical comity.  And like the president, he has seen his dream die.  —  “Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly and White Privilege  —  Is white privilege real?  Not according to Fox News's Bill O'Reilly.  —  This week O'Reilly debated the issue of white privilege with a fellow host and then returned to the topic the next day with this doozy of a statement:
THE / Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Don't let Arizona and Kansas get away with potentially discriminatory voter registration rules  —  Arizona, which has become infamous for its hostility toward immigrants who are in the country illegally, lost an important case in the U.S. Supreme Court last year when the justices ruled …
Karen Shuey / LancasterOnline:
F&M College Poll: Corbett failing to gain ground in race with Wolf  —  Doris Berko and Cindy Butzer might live in the same town, but they find themselves on opposite sides of the political landscape.  —  Both women, who reside in Leola, were participants in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday morning.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?  —  Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.  —  But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer …
Discussion: Mediaite
Dana Bash / CNN:
McConnell: ‘Remember me?  I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns’  —  (CNN) — In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.  —  “Of course not.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Biggest Tax Scam Ever  —  Some of America's top corporations are parking profits overseas and ducking hundreds of billions in taxes.  And how's Congress responding?  It's rewarding them for ripping us off  —  In July, the American pharmaceutical giant AbbVie, maker of the world's top-selling drug …
Discussion: The Dish
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Finding Al Franken  —  The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny.  Will Republicans get the last laugh?  —  ST. PAUL, Minn.—I flew to Minnesota with high hopes of talking with Sen. Al Franken, and his staff said I'd get my chance during a …
Discussion: ABC News and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Xinhua News Agency:
Star panda off live broadcast after phantom pregnancy
Discussion: Guardian
Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
LePage slams newspapers, revs up GOP faithful during Auburn rally
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France
Discussion: Althouse and Mediaite
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2 Stranded Swimmers Rescued Near The Wedge in Newport Beach
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Tom A. Peter / The New Republic:
Why I Decided War Reporting Was No Longer Worth the Risk
Discussion: The Dish
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Export-Import Bank faces rocky path to renewal as Congress returns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rahm, Gutierrez want Chicago to be model for immigrant benefits
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Right Wing News
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip and forces byelection
Discussion: Business Insider and Samizdata
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces [Updated]
 

 
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