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3:21 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.
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Jets, explosions reported near Islamic State lines as Kurds beg for U.S. help  —  IRBIL, IRAQ — Jet aircraft attacked Islamic State positions outside the town of Kalak, 25 miles northwest of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, a resident of Kalak told McClatchy early Friday.
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes on ISIS  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday announced that he had authorized targeted American airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, scrambling to avert the fall of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and returning the United States to a significant battlefield role …
ABC News:
US Begins Humanitarian Airdrops in Iraq  —  The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, according to U.S. officials.  —  The air drops have begun, officials told ABC News.
Discussion: Guardian, Business Insider and Hot Air
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.
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Chaos in Iraq's north as Yazidi refugees starve and Islamic State presses Kurds
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  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., announced Thursday that he is dropping out of the Senate race after it became clear that he could not overcome the fallout from a plagiarism scandal.  —  “The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College …
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Senator Quits Montana Race After Charge Of Plagiarism
Montana's John Walsh quits Senate race
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT.  —  There are plenty of yuks — in both the vaudeville and the visceral sense —in the NYT Magazine story, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?”  First of all, the Libertarian Moment question gets raised every couple of years.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?
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
Kelly Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab  —  Each tab at Stillwater's Oasis Cafe now includes 35 cents to offset minimum wage increase.  —  A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota's minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Have More Reason Than Ever To Worry About Primary Challenges  —  One of the most universal lessons of sports prediction is that margins matter.  An NFL team that wins a number of games by less than a touchdown might get banner headlines for its clutch performance.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and
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.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Sean Hannity: 'Where's CBS?  Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?'  —  For his first trip to Israel, Sean Hannity had a mission: put the emphasis on what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on the average Israeli.  As he returns home today from a 4-day reporting trip …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Here's why suing Obama could backfire on Republicans  —  A majority of Americans disapprove of House Republicans' plan to sue President Obama, a new poll shows, illustrating the political risk their election year maneuver carries.  —  Fifty-four percent disapprove, the CBS News poll shows.
CBS News:
What do Americans say should happen to child border crossers?
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
War Against Whites?  I Think Not  —  When Representative Mo Brooks …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The New Republic
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS notches legal win over lost tea party emails  —  The IRS won what might be Round One in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group's bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner's lost emails.
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