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7:50 AM ET, August 31, 2014

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Yahoo! News:
Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target AFP 1 hr ago  —  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
GOP senators: Obama needs to respond faster to ISIS threat
Discussion: Liberaland
Molly Powell / National Review:
Considering Catcalls  —  No one is catcalling Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Bush, or Janet Napolitano.  No one is catcalling my plump elderly mother as I wheel her down the sidewalk in her wheelchair.  Marilyn Monroe once observed that she could walk down the sidewalk without drawing attention …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daily Mail:
Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now  — Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore's warning, Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row
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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Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground  —  DUNDEE, N.Y. — Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.
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.
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Syria's violence prompts worst humanitarian crisis in a century  —  IRBIL, IRAQ — Nearly half of Syria's population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue Committee.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published  —  Chapter with more characters and Quentin Blake illustration deemed ‘too wild’ for British children appears for first time  —  A lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral …
Discussion: Jezebel and Althouse
National Post:
Afsun Qureshi: The Muslim prayer that might save your life  —  London, England — As a young girl in a downtown Toronto hospital, I stood on my tiptoes, peering at my cancer-ridden uncle lying mutely on the hospital bed.  He was asleep — exhausted and wasted from years of waging war with cancer.
 
 
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Agence France-Presse:
EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near ‘point of no return’ AFP 1 hr ago
Discussion: Business Insider
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden fuels '16 talk with New Hampshire visit
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