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11:55 AM ET, August 20, 2014


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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
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist  —  ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.  —  The White House had been aware of the threat prior …
Free James Foley / Facebook:
A message from Jim's mom, Diane Foley:  —  We have never been prouder of our son Jim.  He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.  —  We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages.  Like Jim, they are innocents.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
The Social Media Strategy Behind The Brutal Beheading Of An American Journalist  —  American journalist James Foley, in a picture from 2011  —  In a video released on Tuesday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) beheaded a man they claimed was missing American journalist James Foley …
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
ISIS Appears To Behead American Photojournalist In YouTube Video
Heather Saul / The Independent:
Steven Sotloff: Isis threatens second journalist after ‘beheading’ of James Foley
Associated Press:
James Foley: A profile
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
Washington Post:
Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
ISIS Reportedly Beheads U.S. Journalist James Wright Foley on Camera
Manu Raju / Politico:
McConnell's plan to shut down 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 veto them and risk a government shutdown.  —  In an extensive interview here …
Game on in Alaska Senate battle
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP establishment favorite wins Alaska Senate primary
Discussion: RedState
Anchorage Daily News:
Sullivan declares victory in high-stakes GOP Senate primary
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
George W. Bush / CNN:
Bush takes plunge, challenges Clinton  —  (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge, and is now challenging his predecessor in the White House to follow in his footsteps.  —  In a video posted on his Facebook page, Bush takes a soaking from his wife …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Pols on Ferguson: Sound of silence
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
‘SNL’ Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's “Entitlement,” the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show's “Karl Rove”  —  In an exclusive book excerpt, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and even Sarah Palin recount the inner battle between the left and right … Lorne Michaels, executive producer …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Verge
Food and Drug Administration:
nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail Lots Of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, Maranatha® Almond Butters And Peanut Butters And Specific Private Label Nut Butters Because Of Possible Health Risk  —  Consumer:  —  1-800-937-7008
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 …
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
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