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5:05 PM ET, August 31, 2014

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Washington Post:
Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises  —  Short of world war, it's rare that a chief executive goes through a foreign policy month like President Obama's August.  —  U.S. warplanes struck in Iraq for the first time in years, as U.S. diplomats struggled to establish a new government in Baghdad.
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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.
Washington Post:
U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State's siege  —  IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi troops aided by U.S. airstrikes entered the besieged town of Amerli Sunday, residents and Iraqi officials said, after a months-long blockade by Islamic State militants that had surrounded the Shiite Turkmen village …
Discussion: Reuters and The Moderate Voice
Daily Mail:
Cameron faces Ukip by-election bloodbath: Party set to win first Commons seat after shock poll reveals Farage's staggering 44-point lead over the Tories  —  Ukip are set to win their first Commons seat with a landslide 64 per cent of the vote following the biggest swing in modern political history.
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Why Uber must be stopped  —  The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism.  What happens when it wins?  —  What is Uber?  A paragon of free market efficiency and technological innovation serving the greater convenience and comfort of the general public?
Discussion: Power Line and The Verge
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
New York Times:
Stop Hiding Images of American Torture  —  A hooded man standing on a box, electrodes wired to his fingers.  A naked prisoner lying on a cement floor, a leash around his neck held casually by an American soldier.  The bloody bodies of dead inmates with their heads bashed in.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Sunday shows to focus on national security  —  Lawmakers from both parties will appear on the Sunday shows as the Obama administration weighs taking military action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria.  —  The lawmakers are also likely to be asked about Russia's repeated incursions into Ukraine.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Feinstein: Obama ‘too cautious’ on ISIS
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less  —  MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Compares ‘Obama Kitty Cat’ To ‘Russian Bear’ Putin  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Obama's foreign policy approach during a speech at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas, Tex.  —  He dinged Obama on his approach to Russia's advances …
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.
Politico:
Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past’  —  One bright spot in the poll responses was among married women.  Married women without a college degree view Republicans favorably, the poll shows.  Married women prefer a Republican over a Democrat, 48 percent to 38 percent.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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