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5:40 AM ET, September 3, 2014

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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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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
A Briton will be next warns ‘Jihadi John’ as second hostage Steven Sotloff beheaded  —  Just as Mr Sotloff appeared as the next potential victim at the end of the Foley video, a British hostage is shown on his knees as the latest video draws to a close.  —  A Briton will be the next hostage murdered …
William Maclean / Reuters:
Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage
Barney Henderson / Telegraph:
Steven Sotloff ‘beheaded by Islamic State’ - latest
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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 ›
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
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.
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 …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible  —  If the trial balloons the White House floated late last week reflect President Obama's true thinking, then Senate Democrats have frightened him out of his pledge to curb deportations of unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in the United States this month.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Fox News:
Source: Obama given detailed intelligence for a year about rise of ISIS  —  President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon official told Fox News.
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
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
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 …
Crystal Moyer / WJXT-TV:
Passenger dispute diverts flight to JIA  —  Witness: Passengers argued over seat recliner … A Delta Airlines flight from LaGuardia to Palm Beach International Airport was diverted to Jacksonville when a passenger got into a dispute over a reclining seat.
Discussion: Skift, Politico, Mashable and ABC News
Jake New / Inside Higher Ed:
New book blames colleges for many college graduates' difficult adjustment to adulthood  —  By  —  In their 2011 book Academically Adrift, authors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, argued that colleges are failing to educate students.  Many undergraduates, the authors wrote, are …
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Alison Holt / BBC:
Rotherham abuse: Researcher ‘faced council hostility’  —  A Home Office researcher who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham has said she faced “hostility” from the council.  —  Her inquiries in 2002 indicated there were then more than 270 victims.
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Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles
Ben Knight / Guardian:
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Washington Examiner:
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The gubernatorial race
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Eric Levenson / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown Says Out-of-State Voters Should Come to N.H. Anyway to Vote for Him
James R. Grossman / New York Times:
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