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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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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Death of Steven Sotloff  —  In the final moments before an ISIS executioner beheaded the American journalist Steven Sotloff, the masked man offered up, in an English accent, a message to his viewers: “We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America …
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State, had deep roots in Israel  —  Freelance journalist captured and beheaded in Syria was Jewish, held Israeli citizenship and earned his undergraduate degree at IDC  —  Steven Sotloff, the American journalist whose gruesome beheading was confirmed …
Barney Henderson / Telegraph:
Steven Sotloff ‘beheaded by Islamic State’ - latest
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
A Briton will be next warns ‘Jihadi John’ as second hostage Steven Sotloff beheaded
William Maclean / Reuters:
Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
Why Glenn Beck Said Hillary Clinton ‘Will Be the Next President of the United States’  —  Glenn Beck said on his radio program Tuesday that “Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.”  —  Beck said he received information from a friend of his, who is also friends with the …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Democrats' Midterm Wish: The Government Shutdown That Won't Happen  —  Staring at a midterm catastrophe, the Democrats lob increasingly desperate charges.  But the Republicans are no longer that stupid.  —  With Labor Day now behind us, Americans returning from their summer break …
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Examiner:
If the GOP were planning a government shutdown, we'd know about it
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
The Hill:
Lawmakers to Obama: Hit ISIS  —  Lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday exhorted President Obama to broaden the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after the group released a second video that appeared to show the beheading of an American journalist.
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11  —  Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz's Dad: “The Average Black Does Not” Understand The Minimum Wage Is Bad  —  “And then I said, ‘Did you know that every member of the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats from the South?’  'Oh I didn't know that.' You know, they need to be educated.”  —  View Video ›
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.  —  “I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage.
Devin Fergus / Washington Post:
My students pay too much for college.  Blame Reagan.  —  This fall, I'll be teaching some of the most financially distressed students in America.  —  At my employer, Ohio State University, student loan debt reportedly rose 23 percent faster than the national average between 2010 and 2012.
Discussion: Power Line
Jessica Roy / New York Magazine:
Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled  —  Emma Sulkowicz staged the piece of performance art as a protest against Columbia's handling of her sexual-assault case.  —  1.9k  —  Shares  —  1.8k  —  Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Ready, Aim, Fire.  Not Fire, Ready, Aim.  —  President Obama has been excoriated for declaring that “we don't have a strategy yet” for effectively confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.  In criticizing Obama for taking too much time, Representative Mike Rogers …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Graeme Wood / The New Republic:
What ISIS's Leader Really Wants  —  The longer he lives, the more powerful he becomes  —  On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word …
Dan Diamond / Forbes:
A Labor Chart For Labor Day: U.S. Has Gained 9.2 Million Jobs Since Recession's Lowest Point  —  Labor Day was created to honor American workers, and this year — despite the Great Recession — there are more of them than ever.  —  Total U.S. employment topped 139 million workers as of August 1 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kaitlin Stack Whitney / The Atlantic Online:
The Secret Pot-Growing Operations in America's Cornfields  —  On any given weekday in the summer, you will find me walking through fields counting bugs.  In fact, it's my job: I'm an ecologist studying the communities of insects that live in agricultural landscapes.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cantor joins Wall Street bank  —  Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has joined the global investment bank Moelis & Co. as vice chairman and managing director, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Cantor, who resigned from Congress during the August recess after losing his primary in June …
Discussion: RedState and Weekly Standard
TIME:
5 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die  —  If we're genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight  —  Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false.  Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Gov. Cuomo Is Running for a 2nd Term, but He Doesn't Have Much to Say About It  —  Next Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's name will appear on the Democratic primary ballot across New York State.  —  But in the meantime, he seems determined to avoid discussing his re-election much at all.
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Obama authorizes 350 more troops for Iraq  —  President Barack Obama has authorized the Pentagon to send about 350 more troops to Iraq, the White House announced this evening.  —  The Defense Department had been considering a request from the State Department for the additional forces to protect …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Phil Robertson Tells Hannity How He'd Combat ISIS: ‘Convert Them or Kill Them’
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
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Reuters:
Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles
Jake New / Inside Higher Ed:
New book blames colleges for many college graduates' difficult adjustment to adulthood
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James R. Grossman / New York Times:
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