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9:55 AM ET, August 31, 2014

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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.
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Feinstein: Obama ‘too cautious’ on ISIS  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that President Obama has perhaps been “too cautious” in confronting the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  —  “I think I've learned one thing about this president, and that is he's very cautious.
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: Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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 …
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Syria's violence prompts worst humanitarian crisis in a century
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Save It For The Funny Papers, Or, The Long Slow Flip-Flop Into Light
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
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Hillary's summer: Five takeaways  —  The political world is still waiting for a decision from Hillary Clinton on the 2016 presidential race.  —  But observers have recently got a preview of what would lay in store from, and for, Clinton should she take the plunge.
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
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.
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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Lilia Shevtsova:
Putin Ends the Interregnum  —  When the Gaza War and the threat from ISIS pulled global attention away from Ukraine, you could almost hear the sighs of relief emanating from the Western capitals: Finally, something to distract us from this Eurasian conundrum!
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
War in Europe is not a hysterical idea
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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