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2:00 PM ET, August 21, 2014


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Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S. Before Killing Reporter  —  Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘We will be relentless’ (right after my vacation): Fury as Obama is seen fist-bumping, high-fiving and laughing on the golf course just MINUTES after pledging justice for journalist James Foley  — The vacationing commander-in-chief played 18 holes with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and two business pals
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
The Men Who Killed James Foley  —  A video showing the beheading, by a black-garbed executioner, of the American journalist James Foley is the latest in a series of sickening acts that the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, has visited on the world in recent months.
David Rohde / The Atlantic Online:
How the U.S. and Europe Failed James Foley  —  America doesn't negotiate with terrorists.  Should it?  —  Somewhere in the desert of eastern Syria, a militant from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria beheaded the American journalist James Foley this week.  The killer and his terrorist group are responsible for Foley's death.
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Obama returns to golf green after talking to media about journalist's ISIS execution
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air
NY Daily News:   Obama's duty to act
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by ‘a million’
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pete King: Beheading was ‘declaration of war’
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS
New York Times:
In Raid to Save Foley and Other Hostages, U.S. Found None
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary  —  Strong frontrunners have drawn challengers before.  But given the Clintons' reputation for retaliating for betrayals, it's just not worth it in 2016.  —  The mystery of the 2016 Democratic presidential race isn't why Hillary Clinton seems likely to run.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
By Any Means Necessary  —  The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — has endured so many near-death experiences that digging into the details of still another effort to demolish it is admittedly not an inviting prospect.  (My own reaction, I confess, to hearing some months back about the latest legal challenge …
Fox News:
Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle  —  Attorney General Eric Holder during his meeting at the FBI building in St. Louis.  Holder told Ferguson community leaders that he has assigned the federal government's 'most experienced agents and prosecutors …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Holder's stop in Ferguson is deeply personal
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban  —  For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.  —  Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House …
Discussion: PandoDaily and The Raw Story
High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?  —  Just how wrong does someone have to be to lose their job in Washington, D.C.?  For John McLaughlin, even historically wrong wasn't enough.  —  If the name doesn't ring a bell, maybe you know his work.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has little patience for being heckled.  —  The self-described “socialist,” often named as a liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016, fought with constituents over Israel …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US DIPLOMATS BARRED FROM ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.  —  Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors …
Discussion: Mediaite
George F. Will / Washington Post:
From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government  —  In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields.  Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything , from Missouri to Iraq …
Discussion: Hit & Run and alicublog
Kerry Burke / NY Daily News:
Giant flag in support of Palestinians draped on side of Manhattan Bridge  —  In the latest breach of security on New York City bridges, a large banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag was hanging on the south edge of the East River span, reading ‘Boycott,’ ‘Divest,’ ‘Sanction.’ It reads ‘Gaza in our hearts’ in the center.
Councilman under fire for posting what some call ‘racist photos’ on Facebook … POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -  —  A Poplar Bluff city councilman is under fire for posting what some are calling racist photos of President Obama on his Facebook page.  —  The issue was brought up at Monday night's city council meeting.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Councilman Explains Racist Facebook Posts: ‘I Was A Very Active Republican’
Discussion: Liberaland
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CBS News:
Ferguson, Missouri: Americans give Obama mixed marks on handling of post-shooting tensions
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
10 Questions With Paul Ryan
Daniel Mael / Truth Revolt:
Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Ferguson and the Modern Debtor's Prison
Discussion: Overlawyered
Linda Killian / Wall Street Journal:
Florida's New Redistricting Plan: Round Two
 Earlier Items: 
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Wall Street Isn't the Political Baddie It Used to Be
ABC News:
Americans With Ebola Will Be Released From Hospital
Discussion: Mediaite and Truth Revolt
Alex Byers / Politico:
Ferguson: Social media more spark than solution
Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio:
St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting