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10:05 AM 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 …
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.
The White House:
Statement by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.
ABC News:
US Begins Humanitarian Airdrops in Iraq
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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.
The Times of Israel:
Poll: Huge majority in Gaza want lasting ceasefire
Discussion: Israel Matzav
George Thomas /
Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets
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:]
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.
Adam Bell / The Charlotte Observer:
Ex-councilman who quit in Klingon running for U.S. Senate  —  The Indian Trail councilman who wrote his resignation letter in Klingon wants to beam up to Capitol Hill.  David Waddell is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate.  —  The N.C. Board of Elections certified this week …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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
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
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
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality Is a Drag  —  For more than three decades, almost everyone who matters in American politics has agreed that higher taxes on the rich and increased aid to the poor have hurt economic growth.  —  Liberals have generally viewed this as a trade-off worth making …
Discussion: and FT Alphaville
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 …
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator and 3 Justices Prevail in Tennessee Election
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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: Betsy's Page
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Have More Reason Than Ever To Worry About Primary Challenges
Discussion: Bloomberg View and
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says