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Lee Ferran / ABC News:
Video Appears to Show ISIS Execution of Second American Steven Sotloff … A new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a self-professed member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.  —  In the video, which appeared online today, Sotloff addresses the camera …
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CNN:
ISIS video shows beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff  —  (CNN) — The ISIS terror group has published a video titled “A second message to America,” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.  —  The video also threatens the life of British captive, David Haines.
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Eric Cantor joins Wall Street bank  —  Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the Wall Street firm Moelis & Co., the firm announced on Tuesday.  —  “Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions with CEOs and senior management …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Halfway House: GOP falling short in midterms  —  Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year.  —  POLITICO interviewed …
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Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Politico: GOP Worried About Falling Short In Mid-Terms  —  Since the Republicans are notoriously overoptimistic, it sounds like a real opportunity year for us.  —  I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say I think the Democrats can pull off an upset this year and take back the House.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Jeff Bezos Replaces WaPo Publisher With Politico Co-Founder  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with a co-founder of the newspaper's competitor Politico, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Weymouth's departure is the end of an era of Graham family involvement with the Post.
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet  —  People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
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ACP Journal Club:
Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets: A Randomized Trial
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished  —  ROTHERHAM, England — It started on the bumper cars in the children's arcade of the local shopping mall.  Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school.
National Review:
Republicans, Make Your Case  —  Republicans continue to lack any strategy for winning the November elections beyond avoiding mistakes and hoping that President Obama's unpopularity, especially in key states, delivers control of the Senate to them.  It must be said that the party has executed …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch  —  NEW YORK — Bloomberg has hired Dave Weigel, a senior political reporter at Slate, for its new politics venture, which is being helmed by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.  —  The forthcoming Bloomberg Politics brand …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Why I'm Leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics
Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
Field Poll: Obama's popularity dives to record low in California  —  President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.  —  Only 45 percent of California voters hold …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist  —  From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:  —  A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
The Magical President doesn't exist: What the left must really do to defeat the wingnuts  —  The myth of a president who can solve our problems alone is inane.  The big task right now?  Rescue these midterms  —  Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff to election season …
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:
Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students … The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
The Summer of Obama's Disconnect  —  Hawkish or weakish?  Americans don't like either in a president.  —  Wow.  That was some summer.  The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as “JV” proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States.
The Hill:
Economy no savior for Dems  —  Democrats are running out of time for an economic savior.  —  They have long predicted that an economic turnaround would be the elixir that helps them retain control of the Senate in November.  —  But with just a handful of big economic reports left before Election Day …
Discussion: National Review and Capitol Report
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
The ugly return of anti-Semitism  —  Editor's note: Timothy Stanley is a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph.  He is the author of the new book “Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics.”
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Fast-Food Workers Seeking $15 Wage Are Planning Civil Disobedience  —  The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests.
 
 
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