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8:55 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.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
ISIS Reportedly Beheads U.S. Journalist James Wright Foley on Camera  —  According to multiple reports, ISIS claims to have executed American freelance journalist James Wright Foley.  Politico's Blake Hounshell was one the first to report the news on Twitter, saying the militant Islamic group …
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
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
ISIS Appears To Behead American Photojournalist In YouTube Video
Washington Post:
Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
ABC News:
Ferguson Cop Has No Temper, Is ‘Struggling’ With Shooting, Friend Says
Discussion: and ABC News
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
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
Wanda Carruthers /
Dershowitz: Perry Indictment ‘What Happens in Totalitarian Societies’  —  More ways to share...  Stumbled  —  Vine  —  Newstrust  —  Tell my politician  —  Technocrati  —  | A A  —  The indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry over abuse of power and coercion is reminiscent …
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  —  The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown.
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.
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
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip  —  President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.  —  Obama's two days in Washington were mostly quiet …
Discussion: Politico
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:
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Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Left-wing teacher groups launch sexist crusade
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Why the Media Is Siding With the Protesters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Can a Liberal Learn to Shoot?
Rasmussen Reports:
How Would the Media React If the Cop Was Black and the Victim Was White?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan leads Tillis by 4
Rina Palta / 89.3 KPCC:
Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Activist Encourages Defacement of Cover of Paul Ryan's Book
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
WATCH: Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks at Chris Hayes' Head