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2:05 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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: BBC, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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: Firedoglake and Telegraph
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Associated Press:
Haslam may submit Medicaid expansion plan in fall  —  In a move that could mean health coverage for thousands of Tennesseans, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that the state may soon submit a proposal to Washington to expand Tennessee's Medicaid program but did not release any new details on how it might work.
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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
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.
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The one fight to have before your wedding  —  Betrothed women of the world, unite!  You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.  —  I'm getting married in a few days, and — as I'm told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar.
Discussion: Jezebel
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Public Higher Education: Another Casualty of the Great Recession  —  Over last weekend we published a Ten Miles Square piece by Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor and Secretary of Homeland Security who is now president of the University of California system.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Code/red: Apple Wearable Won't Ship Until Next Year  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters.  — Beloved cryptographer Hal Finney is being cryopreserved following his recent, tragic death from ALS.  —  Look Daddy!  Santa Gave Me an iWatch Raincheck.
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
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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Guardian:
Burmese beauty queen ‘vanishes with tiara’ from pageant
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets Networks Linked to Iran
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
A ‘Poor Door’ on a Planned New York Apartment Tower With Affordable Housing Gets a Makeover
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Answer to Corporate ‘Inversion’
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Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Motorist With ISIS Flag Makes Bomb Threat Against Police
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Governor Deal's comment during UGA forum sparks controversy
Jared Bernstein / New York Times:
Dethrone ‘King Dollar’
CNBC:
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