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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.
William Maclean / Reuters:
Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage  —  (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.
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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
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
David Weigel / Slate:
Why I'm Leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics  —  This blog does not believe in lede-burying, so here you go: On September 19, I'll be leaving Slate to work for Bloomberg Politics.  I'll be covering exactly what I cover now, but at a different address.  Slate's politics and policy coverage …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch
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.
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
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Embraces The Pill After Retreating On Personhood Position  —  Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado, released a new ad Tuesday arguing for easy access to birth control.  —  The new ad, titled “For You” comes months after Gardner disavowed his support …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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Lynn Bartels / The Spot:
Cory Gardner's new ad: “I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
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 …
Apple:
Apple Media Advisory  —  Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.  When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source.
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" …
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 …
Alexander Cohen / The Center for Public …:
Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators  —  U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists  —  Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions …
Kate McPherson / KTVA-TV:
Senate campaigns retract political ads … Latest Stories  —  Weather  —  Flood warning issued for upper Chena River  —  by Associated Press on Sep 02, 10:49  —  Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River after more than 2 inches of rain have fallen since Monday afternoon.
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
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.
 
 
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