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11:20 AM ET, August 11, 2014


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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.
Philip Ewing / Politico:
A promise on the verge of collapse  —  President Barack Obama has made two promises: The United States would help save thousands of refugees on a mountainside, and no U.S. ground troops would return to Iraq.  —  Keeping both is going to be difficult.  —  About 40,000 members …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Crisis: Kurdish Forces Reverse Militant Gains as U.S. Continues Airstrikes
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq
Discussion: Capitol Report and AEIdeas
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:   Iraq crisis: Maliki defiant as president officially nominates replacement - live
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured  —  The decision by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) not to seek election in November in the wake of a plagiarism scandal is the latest piece of good news for Republicans as they strive to take control of the Senate in 85 days.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race
Discussion: Washington Post
USA Today:   Why Democrats can't win back the House
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Let the midterm battles commence
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 …
Cdixon / chris dixon's blog:
BuzzFeed  —  Today, I'm excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is investing $50 million in BuzzFeed.  As part of the investment, I'll be joining the company's board.  —  Many of today's great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies.
Mike Allen / Politico:
EXCLUSIVE: “MEET THE PRESS” plans to announce new moderator soon: CHUCK TODD is the favorite - BACKSTORY on Hillary interview with Jeffrey Goldberg - B'DAYS: Rob O'Donnell, Sam Myers Jr.  —  SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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.
Yahoo! News:
Bernie Sanders says he has a ‘damn good platform’ to run for president in 2016 Power Players 1 hr ago  —  Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't afraid to be called a socialist.  In fact, the Vermont Independent proudly labels himself a Democratic socialist.
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
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 …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Is a Hard Life Inherited?  —  YAMHILL, Ore. — ONE delusion common among America's successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence.  —  In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories …
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: Mediaite, Runnin' Scared and Hit & Run
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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Carrying a gun way worse than beating your wife: Column  —  This is the loopy view of one New Jersey judge and prosecutor.  —  When Ray Rice beat his wife unconscious in an elevator, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain agreed to put …
Maureen Dowd Joins The New York Times Magazine as Staff Writer  —  She Will Continue to Write Sunday Opinion Column  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The New York Times announced today that Maureen Dowd is joining The Times Magazine as a staff writer.  The move will mark Ms. Dowd's return …
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.
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Daily Mail:
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Fox News:
Is President Obama doing too little or too much in Iraq?
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jessica Brown /
District drops federal lunch program
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
7 take-homes from Rand Paul's Iowa journey
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Inside Apple's Internal Training Program
Discussion: The Verge and Business Insider
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Sweden ever so quickly has gone from so-called anti-Zionism to open anti-Semitism”
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
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When She Talks, Banks Shudder
Washington Examiner:
Moneyed interests call the tune for liberal Democrats: Examiner Editorial
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Ending presidents' second-term curse
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Conservative voters key to Dems 2014 strategy
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