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6:30 PM 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
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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.
Patrick Reis / NationalJournal.com:
These Are the Stories James Foley Risked His Life to Tell
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Murder of James Foley
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source  —  Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture …
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why the Fires in Ferguson Won't End Soon  —  The tensions have been building for a long time, and even justice for Michael Brown won't change that.  —  FERGUSON, Missouri—Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you'll hear a story about the police.  “One of my friends had a son killed …
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Why Isn't the NRA Defending Ferguson's Blacks?
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
New York Times:
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson
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 …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Promises Government Shutdown Wars In A GOP Majority  —  The government shutdown battles are poised to make a comeback if Republicans win control of the Senate this fall.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised in no uncertain terms that he'd use must-pass spending bills …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked same-sex marriage from taking place this week in Virginia.  (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay Wednesday on a federal appeals court's ruling …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
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ABC News:
High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS DC
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
From a vulnerable red state Democrat, a strong pro-Obamacare ad  —  One of the key questions of this cycle has been: As the potency of anti-Obamacare attacks fading as enrollment mounts and roll-out problems are forgotten, will we reach a point where vulnerable Democrats in red state territory …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri's Capt. Johnson Flashes Fraternity Sign, Gets Called A ‘Gang Member’  —  Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the highway patrol captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson Missouri, was photographed making hand signs that some quickly thought were gang signs.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Soraya Nadia McDonald / Washington Post:
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member. He's just a Kappa.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
WATCH: Chris Christie spars with N.J. woman over Bruce Springsteen  —  LONG BRANCH — Gov. Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen haven't always been on the same page.  —  But don't tell the governor he can't play his idol's music ahead of his town hall events.
Ronald S. Lauder / New York Times:
Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?  —  WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?  In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza.
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber: Hold A Job Fair In Ferguson, Protestors Will ‘Scatter Like Cockroaches’  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to “cockroaches.”
Food and Drug Administration:
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Jerusalem Post:
In first, Hamas official takes credit for kidnap and murder of Israeli teens  —  Salah al-Aruri praises “heroic action” of Kassam Brigades; Hamas had previously denied kidnapping Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrah.  —  A senior Hamas official admitted for the first time on Wednesday …
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
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perry booked, gets mug shot
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I'll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group
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Salon:
Militarized cops' scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT.  —  This week has pretty much clarified what …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
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Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Nat Brown / National Review:
Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska's GOP Senate Primary
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Have Republicans Given Up On Attacking Obamacare? Doubtful.
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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George W. Bush / CNN:
Bush takes plunge, challenges Clinton
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Why Obama can't go there  —  It's a paradox of Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and FishbowlDC