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7:15 AM ET, August 28, 2014

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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 female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”
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Washington Post:
Obama's immigration decision could roil 2014 election  —  Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety over the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November's midterm elections.
Discussion: RedState and New York Times
Lauren Windsor / The Nation:
Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Fall budget battle hinges on immigration
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Marco Rubio Hints At A Government Shutdown Fight Over Immigration
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 Iowa Republican
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 …
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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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Kasia Klimasinska / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Gap Narrows to Smallest Since 2007, CBO Says
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Romina Boccia / Daily Signal:
New Report Shows U.S. Deficit for Just This Year Is Huge
New York Times:
Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
New York Times:
A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage  —  WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — The four-hour tours offered by one of the big gun ranges here are a popular tourist attraction: Starting at $200 a person, a bus will pick up visitors at their hotel in Las Vegas, 25 miles to the north …
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Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
In Wake of Arizona Uzi Killing, NRA Tweets About Kids Having Fun With Guns  —  The NRA Women account—sponsored by Smith & Wesson—has since taken down the tweet.  —  There's no shortage of grim gun news in the United States, including numerous killings involving children …
Discussion: Mashable, PoliticusUSA and CBS New York
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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Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip and forces byelection  —  Carswell says he is resigning from parliament and standing for Ukip at a byelection in his Essex seat of Clacton  —  A hand grenade has been thrown into David Cameron's general election campaign after the Eurosceptic Tory …
Discussion: Business Insider and Samizdata
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.
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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People.com:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘I Will Help Hillary Get Elected’
Discussion: OnPolitics and CNN
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 …
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
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions of immigrants
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Fox News:
West Point report describes Islamic State threat as crisis 4 years in the making
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Former GWU President's Solution for Sexual Assaults on Campus? Stop Drinking, Ladies
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