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12:20 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: Hot Air and Instapundit
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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House does damage control  —  President Obama was referring only “to military options for striking” Islamist militants in Syria when he said the White House did not “have a strategy yet,” press secretary Josh Earnest insisted Thursday.  —  The White House launched a full-court media press …
Larry Downing / The Daily Beast:   Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn't Agree on a Syria Strategy
Los Angeles Times:
Obama suggests he'll need more time on immigration policy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Why top Dems are worried about politics of deportations
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Aug. 28 remarks on Ukraine, Syria and the economy
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: 'We don't have a strategy yet'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Associated Press
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, I had long respected NBC's commitment to telling the stories of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”  I loved watching the “Making a Difference” stories about remarkable people and organizations making a profound difference in our country and our world.
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 +
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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.
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The Hill:
GOP douses shutdown threats
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dennis Saffran / City Journal:
The Subsidy Show  —  Colbert, Fallon and the crony capitalism of the creative class  —  Modern “progressives” are not, as some economic conservatives would say, socialists.  In fact, today's so-called progressives are not even particularly progressive, at least in the usual sense of seeking to redistribute wealth from rich to poor.
Discussion: alicublog and The Dish
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Gillibrand ‘Weak’ Not To Name Male Colleagues (VIDEO)  —  “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough agreed Friday that it was “weak” for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to recount stories about her male colleagues inappropriately discussing her weight without identifying them by name.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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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%).
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Power Line
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.
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Answer to Corporate ‘Inversion’  —  The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.  —  Not fair, says Barack Obama.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Police lobby fights to keep gear  —  Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.  —  Law enforcement groups argue a Pentagon program that provides surplus military gear helps protect …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Renee Starzyk / WGCL-TV:
Governor Deal's comment during UGA forum sparks controversy  —  Governor Nathan Deal has come under fire after making a statement that a Hispanic student attending a UGA forum was an illegal immigrant.  —  Deal addressed a variety of topics, including immigration, during a question …
New York Times:
Democrats Wary of Benghazi Inquiry Stretching Into '16 Election Season  —  WASHINGTON — A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats …
 
 
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Fox News:
Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become ‘citizen’ of Islamic State caliphate
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Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Motorist With ISIS Flag Makes Bomb Threat Against Police
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
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Discussion: New York Times
Jared Bernstein / New York Times:
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CNBC:
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 Earlier Items: 
Telegraph:
Rotherham: the council leaders who presided over child abuse scandal
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No, our immigration system is not broken
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carey Gillam / Reuters:
Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests
Discussion: Gawker, Mashable, Mediaite and Liberaland
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Landrieu claims parents' home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency