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9:25 AM ET, August 11, 2014


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Midterms Give Parties Chance for Sweeping Control of States  —  LAS VEGAS — It was over 100 degrees here the other evening, but inside a buzzing office tucked away on a stretch of gun stores and pornography shops, Democrats were staring into computer screens and talking urgently into cellphones.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
USA Today:
Why Democrats can't win back the House … CURRENT BREAKDOWN FORECAST SPECTRUM DEMOCRATS' UNLIKELY GOAL A MORE REALISTIC SCENARIO  —  Cook Political Report; Susan Davis, Paul Singer and Katie Smith, USA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional approval ratings hover at historic lows.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Let the midterm battles commence
Iraqi troops and tanks surge into Baghdad amid political turmoil  —  (CNN) — Iraqi troops, security forces and tanks surged into Baghdad on Sunday as political turmoil deepened over who should lead the country.  —  Military tanks were deployed to several neighborhoods in central Baghdad, two Iraqi police officials told CNN.
Discussion: his vorpal sword
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq
Discussion: AEIdeas
Agence France-Presse:
Clinton blames Islamic militants rise on Obama policies AFP 34 mins ago
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
The New Racism  —  This is how the civil rights movement ends  —  Long before he became the most powerful man in the Alabama Senate, before he controlled billions of dollars in state money and had lobbyists, governors, and future presidents seeking his favor, Hank Sanders used newspapers and magazines as bathroom tissue.
Discussion: ABC News
Iraq crisis: ‘It is death valley.  Up to 70 per cent of them are dead’  —  On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight  —  By Jonathan Krohn, aboard an Iraqi Army helicopter on Mount Sinjar  —  Mount Sinjar stinks of death.
Kurt Schlichter /
“Liberal” Is Just A Synonym For “Smug”  —  SHARES  —  It's astonishing that an ideology which such an unbroken track record of failure has adherents who are so incredibly pleased with themselves.  It's like a soda pop executive whose proudest achievement was thinking up New Coke.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Feinstein squares off with Obama  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein is squaring off with President Obama again, this time over a long-awaited Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency's harsh interrogation practices.  —  Feinstein, the senior senator from California and chairwoman …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats' 2014 strategy: Run like a Republican  —  It's one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail.  It's another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so.  —  Yet that's what's happening in race after race this season.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Violence breaks out near site of vigil for teen killed by police  —  Updated at 3:50 a.m. with comments from police and shop owners.  —  FERGUSON  • A day of protests and vigils Sunday for an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer erupted Sunday night with confrontations, looting and gunshots.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists  —  Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up:  —  1. BuzzFeed is a web traffic sensation that draws 150 million average monthly viewers.  —  2. Numbered lists, like this one …
Jeff Smith / Politico:
Cuomo's Slow-Mo Disaster  —  The New York governor is in deeper legal trouble than he realizes.  —  Andrew Cuomo is in serious trouble.  Preet Bharara, the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has turned up the heat on his administration's alleged interference …
Washington Examiner:
Moneyed interests call the tune for liberal Democrats: Examiner Editorial  —  EDITORIAL LABOR UNIONS LABOR REPUBLICAN PARTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAMPAIGN FINANCE CONSERVATISM LIBERALISM TRIAL LAWYERS  —  Several years ago, the Washington Examiner published a special report whose title posed this question …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Ending presidents' second-term curse  —  Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher.  Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure spending and business tax reform.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Libertarian Fantasy  —  In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.”  Well, probably not.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Hit & Run
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama's ‘lid’ theory of conflict in Iraq  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA IRAQ  —  There's one word President Obama uses a lot in his argument for tightly limiting U.S. military action in Iraq.  The word is “lid.”  —  “Our military is so effective that we can keep a lid on problems wherever we are …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama: Pulling All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Was Not ‘My Decision’
Discussion: protein wisdom and Israel Matzav
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race
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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Inside Apple's Internal Training Program
Discussion: The Verge and Business Insider
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“Sweden ever so quickly has gone from so-called anti-Zionism to open anti-Semitism”
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Guardian
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Philadelphia may hold edge over Birmingham in bid to host Democratic National Convention
 Earlier Items: 
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
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New Video Shows The U.S. Military Dropping Humanitarian Aid In Iraq
New York Times:
Turkey's Premier Is Proclaimed Winner of Presidential Election
Discussion: The Agonist
Viv Bernstein / New York Times:
A Nascar Star's Deadly Run-In on a Dirt Track
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Mashable