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1:45 PM ET, August 8, 2014


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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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants in northern Iraq  —  U.S. military jets carried out two airstrikes Friday on Islamist militants outside the Kurdish capital of Irbil, hours after President Obama authorized attacks against the Sunni extremists advancing on the northern Iraq city.
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Announces Iraq Airstrikes With a Tweet  —  News first broke of the U.S. starting air strikes on Iraq militants in an unexpected way - it was announced by the Pentagon press secretary's Twitter account.  —  The account, associated with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Planes Start Airstrikes on Iraq Militants
Discussion: Business Insider
The White House:
Statement by the President
U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS militants in Iraq
Discussion: Fox17
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
American Forces Said to Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq
New York Times:
Cease-Fire in Gaza Expires, and Strikes Resume  —  JERUSALEM — As a 72-hour truce in Gaza expired at 8 a.m. Friday, Palestinian militants fired barrages of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes, one of which killed a 10-year-old boy, according to relatives.
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israeli Procedure Reignites Old Debate
Discussion: Tikun Olam and Marginal REVOLUTION
The Times of Israel:
Poll: Huge majority in Gaza want lasting ceasefire
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Anthony Reuben / BBC:
Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures  —  War zones are not easy places to collect statistics.  —  In the Gaza conflict, most news organisations have been quoting from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which leads a group of humanitarian organisations known as the Protection Cluster.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Wolfowitz: We ‘won’ the Iraq War  —  Paul Wolfowitz, a former senior George W. Bush administration official and one of the chief Iraq War architects, said on Tuesday that the U.S. “won” the war in Iraq.  —  When asked his thoughts about the current situation in Iraq and whether the war was a mistake …
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:]
Associated Press:
Rep. DesJarlais, challenger trade leads in Tenn.  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais (day-zhar-LAY') and challenger Jim Tracy's race is still too close to call as election officials in the largely rural 4th Congressional District tally outstanding votes.
Discussion: Washington Post
Chas Sisk /
Scott DesJarlais, Jim Tracy in nail-biter
NBC News:
U.S. drops bombs on ISIS  —  This late-breaking news from NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube: U.S. officials tell NBC News that two US Navy FA-18's dropped two five-hundred pound bombs on ISIS enemy forces outside Erbil this morning.  No word on casualties.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator and 3 Justices Prevail in Tennessee Election
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Shannon Behnken / WFLA-TV:
Family says Tampa church canceled funeral because son was gay  —  Julie Atwood was standing at her son's casket when the phone rang.  The church where her son's funeral was scheduled to be held the next day decided to abruptly cancel the service, after the pastor learned the deceased was gay …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
A high-speed train wreck for Obama and liberalism  —  CALIFORNIA BIG GOVERNMENT ECONOMY LIBERALISM RAILROADS  —  Few of President Obama's initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas  —  The relief agency in Gaza, financed in part by the U.S., has become a patron of Palestinian grievance.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
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
Brian Haas /
Tennesseans vote to retain Supreme Court justices  —  In a major defeat for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, voters on Thursday voted to keep all three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention elections.  —  Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee all survived to win …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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New York Times:
Clintons Support de Blasio's Push to Bring Democratic Convention to Brooklyn
Discussion: Gothamist
Student Debt Linked to Worse Health and Less Wealth
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Surge
Rajeev Syal / Guardian:
‘Jihadist’ flag flown in east London
Discussion: National Review and Spectator
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Campaign-Cash Restrictions Face Legal Attack
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality Is a Drag
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Bell / The Charlotte Observer:
Ex-councilman who quit in Klingon running for U.S. Senate
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
Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
Politics Counts: A 2014 Wave? More Like a Ripple
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Sean Hannity: 'Where's CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?'
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
The Executive Editor on the Word ‘Torture’