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1:40 PM ET, August 30, 2014

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Media makes you think ‘world is falling apart’  —  President Obama on Friday said social media and the nightly news are partly to blame for the sense that “the world is falling apart.”  —  “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” Obama told a group of donors gathered …
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John Kerry / New York Times:
The Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition  —  IN a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States.  What's needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Save It For The Funny Papers, Or, The Long Slow Flip-Flop Into Light  —  John Kerry gets guest space in the NY Times on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend - geez, I guess whatever it is couldn't wait until the day after Thanksgiving.  —  Kerry is exhorting the world to rally itself …
Washington Post:
President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S acknowledgment that “we don't have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday.
New York Times:
John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Confront ISIS Now  —  AFTER more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world's most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
GOP senators: Obama needs to respond faster to ISIS threat
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Carol Anderson / Washington Post:
Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops.  It's white rage against progress.  —  Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project.  She is the author of “Bourgeois Radicals …
Courier-Journal:
McConnell campaign chief resigns amid scandal  —  Jesse Benton resigned as Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager Friday following reports that he had emerged as a figure in an endorsement scandal during the 2012 Iowa presidential caucus.  —  In an emailed statement Friday evening …
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
War in Europe is not a hysterical idea  —  Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets.
Allie Rasmus / KTVU-TV:
Walnut Creek officer accused of beating woman with bat  —  A man who'd been in charge of upholding the law for three decades is now accused of breaking it.  Richmond police arrested an off-duty Walnut Creek Police Officer for allegedly donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat on August 16.
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Amy Cohn / The New Republic:
Why the $#&@!  Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today?  They Had a Very Good Reason.  —  An airline-industry expert explains why you get screwed over—and how to avoid it  —  Comedian Louis CK has absolutely no patience for the complaints of airline passengers, as he explains in one very funny, albeit profanity-laced bit.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Advice on Strategy From Dilbert  —  President Obama can't come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS.  It's just so...complicated.  Here's an idea: how about if we kill them?  —  I don't suppose Obama will go with that one.  But hey: even Dilbert has a better grasp of strategy than our clueless president:
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Obama pushes green standards for everything but the kitchen sink  —  The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink.  —  Spurred by President Obama's climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards …
 
 
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