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8:20 AM ET, August 8, 2014


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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
American Forces Said to Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq  —  DOHUK, Iraq — American military forces bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas, Kurdish officials said.
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Obama authorizes targeted airstrikes in Iraq  —  Shares -  —  President Obama authorized airstrikes “if necessary” against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.  —  He announced Thursday night …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, With Reluctance, Returns to Action in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — In sending warplanes back into the skies over Iraq, President Obama on Thursday night found himself exactly where he did not want to be.  Hoping to end the war in Iraq, Mr. Obama became the fourth president in a row …
Discussion: National Review
USA Today:
White House weighing air support for Iraq  —  Two Christians in Mosul, Iraq were forced to flee their homes as Muslim extremists have ordered them to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face execution.  They're among thousands of Christians who've been forced to flee Iraq recently.  VPC
U.S. considers air strikes in Iraq  —  Washington (CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he's authorized “targeted airstrikes” in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces.  —  “We do whatever is necessary to protect our people,” Obama said.
ABC News:
US Begins Humanitarian Airdrops in Iraq
Discussion: Guardian, Business Insider and Hot Air
New York Times:
Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes on ISIS
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Chaos in Iraq's north as Yazidi refugees starve and Islamic State presses Kurds
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State militants seize major Christian town in Iraq; thousands flee
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race  —  HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.  —  Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race.
Susan Davis / USA Today:
Sen. John Walsh quits Montana Senate race
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Montana's John Walsh quits Senate race
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Senator Quits Montana Race After Charge Of Plagiarism
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
The Executive Editor on the Word ‘Torture’  —  Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The Times.  —  Over the past few months, reporters and editors of The Times have debated a subject that has come up regularly ever since the world learned of the C.I.A.'s brutal questioning of terrorism suspects …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 12:00 p.m. EDT  —  In its new Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households, the Federal Reserve Board provides a snapshot of the self-perceived financial and economic well-being of U.S. households and the issues they face, based on responses to the Board's 2013 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking.
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:   Fed Survey: A Third of Americans Say They're Worse Off Post-Recession
Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
Politics Counts: A 2014 Wave?  More Like a Ripple  —  The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows an angry electorate that blames Washington for much of its pain.  And with their blood boiling and Election Day only three months away, voters look ready to do ... maybe not too much.
Chas Sisk /
Scott DesJarlais, Jim Tracy in nail-biter  —  U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais was clinging to what appeared to be a narrow victory over challenger Jim Tracy, defeating the state senator by 35 votes.  —  With all precincts reported, the secretary of state's office reported that DesJarlais …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Murkowski sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to Begich over ad  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) isn't happy about Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) using her in his latest campaign ad — and has called in her lawyers to try to force Begich to stop airing it.  —  Murkowski's campaign lawyers sent a …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lisa Murkowski to Mark Begich: Knock it off
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low  —  Washington (CNN) - Four decades after President Richard Nixon resigned, a slight majority of Americans still consider Watergate a very serious matter, a new national survey shows.  But how serious depends on when you were born.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew W.K. / Sound of the City:
Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing A**hole  —  [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or — no surprise here — a party.  Need his help?  Just ask:]
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and Ricochet
Australian / Guardian:
New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia  —  WA specimen of new irukandji jellyfish sparks particular scientific interest because it has no tentacles  —  A giant and extremely venomous jellyfish found off Western Australia's north-west coast has researchers stumped because it appears to have no tentacles.
Discussion: The Verge and naked capitalism
ABC News:
‘Porch Shooter’ Theodore Wafer Found Guilty of Murder … A Detroit jury ruled today that Theodore Wafer was guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Renisha McBride on his porch.  —  The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, began its deliberations on Wednesday after nine days of testimony.
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Associated Press:
Obama Interrupting Summer Vacation With Trip to DC
Discussion: Politico
Tom Curry / Roll Call:
CDC Director Details U.S. Efforts to Contain Ebola ‘At the Source’ With Airport Screening (Video)
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and The Daily Caller
New York Sun:
The Weight of War
Discussion: Washington Post
Oklahoma political fundraiser sparks firestorm with ‘KKK’ on the agenda
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Mississippi GOP won't hear McDaniel
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Sean Hannity: 'Where's CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?'
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Has A Huge Factual Error In His Tom Cotton Endorsement
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Have More Reason Than Ever To Worry About Primary Challenges
Discussion: Bloomberg View and
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS notches legal win over lost tea party emails
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
George Thomas /
Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets
John McWhorter / The Daily Beast:
For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Rep's ‘shagging’ tweet gets attention
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico