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3:50 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.
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw—and Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It  —  The U.S. gambled on local militias to keep ISIS in check.  The president's authorization of airstrikes is an admission that bet didn't pay off.  —  Friday morning, with a humanitarian mission already underway …
New York Times:
U.S. Warplanes Strike Militants in Iraq
The White House:
Statement by the President
Associated Press:
Obama Interrupting Summer Vacation With Trip to DC
Discussion: Politico
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Planes Start Airstrikes on Iraq Militants
Discussion: RedState and Business Insider
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods  —  Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined?  I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it's really taking off!
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
Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire
Discussion: Guardian, Hot Air and The Dish
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:]
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: National Review
John H. Cochrane / The Grumpy Economist:   S&P economists and inequality  —  Neil Irwin at the New York …
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America's Moral Obligations in Iraq  —  Which politician uttered the following words: “Do we sit on the sidelines and watch an entire people be slaughtered or do we marshal military forces and move in quietly to put an end to it?”  John McCain?  Joe Lieberman?  Scoop Jackson?  Wrong.
Discussion: The Dish
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Don't Give Booker a Pass  —  Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate.  We don't know where he lives.  We don't know whom, if anyone, he lives with.  And he's been caught in lie after lie about his heroics.  Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Mitch McConnell's wife sits on the board of a group working to kill the coal industry Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  For months, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has accused his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, of engaging in a “war on coal,” casting her as an outright enemy of one of the state's most vital industries.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Democrats' Goldwater  —  Elizabeth Warren leads the party's leftward march.  —  Republicans had Barry Gold-water.  Democrats now have Elizabeth Warren.  What do they have in common?  Years back, he pointed the way for his party, and now she's doing the same thing for hers.
Monica Potts / The Daily Beast:
The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie  —  Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural.  Trying to combat it will slow growth.  Well, guess who now says otherwise?  Standard and Poor's.  —  First came Occupy Wall Street, and its pitch-perfect slogan on inequality: “We are the 99 percent.”
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 …
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
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.
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Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Our Lonely First Duffer  —  What Barack Obama's golf game tells us about his presidency.
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Liberaland
Sergio Bichao /
N.J. cop in Obama rant speaks out and resigns
Christopher Smith Gonzalez / The Galveston County …:
8-year-old boy shot in Texas City apartment
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Clintons Support de Blasio's Push to Bring Democratic Convention to Brooklyn
Discussion: Gothamist
Rajeev Syal / Guardian:
‘Jihadist’ flag flown in east London
Discussion: Spectator and National Review
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Campaign-Cash Restrictions Face Legal Attack
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Haas /
Tennesseans vote to retain Supreme Court justices
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
A high-speed train wreck for Obama and liberalism
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Australian / Guardian:
New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia
Discussion: The Verge and naked capitalism
Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
Politics Counts: A 2014 Wave? More Like a Ripple
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico