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9:15 AM ET, August 20, 2014


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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Video shows ISIL beheading of photojournalist James Foley  —  Men claiming to be part of terrorist group ISIL posted a video allegedly showing the beheading of freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012.
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
ISIS Appears To Behead American Photojournalist In YouTube Video  —  Updated: Family grieved Tuesday for James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in November 2012 in Syria.  In the video, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, indicates the killing is a response to recent American operations in Iraq.
Daily Mail:
'Spare the lives of the remaining hostages.  Like Jim they are innocents': Brave mother of beheaded American journalist calls on ISIS to cease killing as she pays tribute to her ‘extraordinary son’  — A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is thought to be a British accent addresses the camera as well
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
ISIS Reportedly Beheads U.S. Journalist James Wright Foley on Camera
Washington Post:
Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley
Discussion: GlobalPost and Hot Air
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perry booked, gets mug shot  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was booked at a courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, getting his fingerprints taken and a mug shot, following his indictment by a grand jury on abuse of power charges.  —  “I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law …
USA Today:
Rick Perry's flimsy indictment: Our view  —  Let voters, not jurors, judge Texas governor's politics.  —  Politics as usual should not be a violation of criminal law.  This ought to be obvious to anyone in a democratic society.  But it does not seem to be well understood in Texas …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Daily Signal
Eric H. Holder Jr / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A message to the people of Ferguson  —  Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death …
New York Times:
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — As a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer that touched off 10 days of unrest here, witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing.
Sunil Dutta / Washington Post:
I'm a cop.  If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me.  —  It's not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.  —  Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack
ABC News:
Ferguson Cop Has No Temper, Is ‘Struggling’ With Shooting, Friend Says
Discussion: and ABC News
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fareed Zakaria rebuts plagiarism charges  —  Fareed Zakaria sought to dismiss new plagiarism allegations on Tuesday after an anonymous report cited 12 instances in which the veteran foreign policy journalist appeared to lift passages from other news outlets and websites.
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected … BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.  —  The crowd chanted, “Mitt!  Mitt!  Mitt!”
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Truth Revolt
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Why the Media Is Siding With the Protesters  —  It isn't simply because of tear gas and rubber bullets.  —  Anyone tuning in to the nightly coverage of the protests in Ferguson has seen the reporters on the ground becoming part of the story.  On Monday night, they could watch …
Manu Raju / Politico:
McConnell's plan to ‘shutdown’ Obama  —  HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration's policies or risk a government shutdown.  —  In an extensive interview here …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Left-wing teacher groups launch sexist crusade  —  The “war on women” isn't just for Republicans.  Left-wing organizations in New York City have launched their own misogynist crusade against former CNN anchor turned education advocate Campbell Brown.  —  Brown is running the Partnership …
Polly Mosendz / The Wire:
City of Ferguson Pledges to Outfit Officers with Vest Cameras  —  The City of Ferguson is exploring some serious changes to their police force.  Most notably, police officers may soon be wearing cameras on their vests so all acts will be recorded.  —  They offered this statement:
Vera Culley /
St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect  —  ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - People are again in the streets after a police officer shoots and kills a suspect.  This time in North St. Louis.  The call came out just after noon, when police say a man with a knife charged officers.
Stephanie Baumer / KMOV-TV:   Police: Knife-wielding suspect shot, killed by officers
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