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4:50 PM ET, August 29, 2014

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Obama's 'we don't have a strategy' gaffe stings  —  By now, President Obama's remark that “we don't have a strategy yet” has made the rounds.  Republicans were quick to pounce on it, as well they should have.  —  But while the White House went into damage-control mode …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Instapundit
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Larry Downing / The Daily Beast:
Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn't Agree on a Syria Strategy  —  After lots of bluster about striking ISIS on Syria, President Obama threw cold water on the idea, disappointing those who wanted him to broaden the war.  —  After a week of talk of eliminating the …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
As New Dangers Loom, More Think the U.S. Does ‘Too Little’ to Solve World Problems  —  54% Say Obama Approach on Foreign Policy Is ‘Not Tough Enough’  —  A large majority of Americans think the world is a more dangerous place than it was several years ago.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Fashion mavens weigh in on That Suit  —  Fashionistas and style gurus are weighing in on President Obama's tan press conference suit, giving their two cents on the taupe two-piece that lit up the Internet on Thursday.  —  While Washingtonian magazine Fashion Editor Kate Bennett gives the president props for …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Peter King Is Angry President Obama Wore A Tan Suit  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went on an extended rant about President Barack Obama's decision to wear a tan suit during a statement about the terrorist group ISIS he delivered on Thursday at the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite and Pharyngula
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Another government shutdown?  Not gonna happen  —  BARACK OBAMA PAUL RYAN JOHN BOEHNER MITCH MCCONNELL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama.  —  Now, Washington is buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government.
Discussion: National Review
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Why top Dems are worried about politics of deportations
The Hill:
GOP douses shutdown threats
Discussion: Politico, PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Judicial Watch:
Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border  —  Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).  High-level federal law enforcement …
Sharon Cotliar / People.com:
Chelsea Clinton Is Leaving NBC News  —  Chelsea Clinton says she's stepping out of her correspondent job as she looks forward to taking on mom duties  —  After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News - and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky …
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Chelsea Clinton / Facebook:
Thank You  —  When I joined the NBC family in 2011 …
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Harald Doornbos / Foreign Policy:
Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom  —  Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.  —  GOOGLE +
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Actually, Obama Does Have a Strategy in the Middle East  —  The president is neither a dove nor a hawk.  He's a fierce minimalist.  —  President Obama's critics often claim he doesn't have a strategy in the greater Middle East.  That's wrong.  Like it or loathe it, he does, and he's beginning to implement it against ISIS.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Man Arrested While Picking Up His Kids: 'The Problem Is I'm Black'  —  If you've never experienced arbitrary harassment or brutality at the hands of a police officer, or seen law enforcement act in a way that defies credulity and common sense, it can be hard to believe people who tell stories of inexplicable persecution.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son's Coming Out As Gay (GRAPHIC CONTENT)  —  Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love.  Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse.  —  Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, came out as gay last October.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
BBC:
Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk  —  Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership.  —  Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled.
Discussion: Telegraph and Firedoglake
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Guardian:
Burmese beauty queen ‘vanishes with tiara’ from pageant  —  May Myat Noe alleged to have run off with crown after contest organisers said she should have breast enhancement operation  —  A Burmese beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off …
Discussion: Twitchy, The Daily Caller and Jezebel
New York Times:
Rick Perlstein: By the Book  —  The author, most recently, of “The Invisible Bridge,” would like Chekhov to write his life story.  “Sometimes I think he knows me better than I know myself, even when he's ostensibly writing about Russian ladies over a hundred years ago.”  —  What books are currently on your night stand?
Stephanie Ebbert / The Boston Globe:
Charlie Baker catches Martha Coakley, new poll shows  —  Slim lead is first in possible matchup  —  Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for governor, taking the lead by the slimmest of margins for the first time in the Globe's weekly poll.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Obama's “Strong Disapproval” Double His “Strong Approval”  —  Republicans are more likely to strongly disapprove now than in 2010  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are more than twice as likely to say they “strongly disapprove” (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they “strongly approve” (17%).
 
 
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Chris McDaniel / CNN:
Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge
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Michael Brown / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Officers from St. Ann, Glendale off the job after actions during Ferguson protests
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Public Higher Education: Another Casualty of the Great Recession
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets Networks Linked to Iran
Associated Press:
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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
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Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Answer to Corporate ‘Inversion’
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Police lobby fights to keep gear
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Fox News:
Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become ‘citizen’ of Islamic State caliphate
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