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1:05 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 …
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.
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: Power Line and Twitchy
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by ‘a million’
Discussion: Truth Revolt
NY Daily News:   Obama's duty to act
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pete King: Beheading was ‘declaration of war’
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried to Rescue Journalist James Foley From Islamic State Captors in Syria
New York Times:
In Raid to Save Foley and Other Hostages, U.S. Found None
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on Attempted Rescue Operation
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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.
High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment
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
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Holder's stop in Ferguson is deeply personal  —  FERGUSON, MO. — Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation's chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.  —  He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands …
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: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
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
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
10 Questions With Paul Ryan  —  The congressman on how to fix America, why Rand Paul is wrong and evading John Boehner's toxic smoke  —  Your book is called The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.  What exactly is the American idea?  —  The condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life.
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Job Security at New High  —  Satisfaction with many job aspects returns to high pre-recession levels  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., 58% of full- or part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security.  This represents an increase …
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
Daniel Mael / Truth Revolt:
Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack
Valerie J. Calderon / Gallup:
Americans Wary of Federal Influence on Public Schools
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Ferguson and the Modern Debtor's Prison
Discussion: Overlawyered
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ABC News:
Americans With Ebola Will Be Released From Hospital
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Mail and Truth Revolt
Steve Deace Show:
Deace Show Podcast 08-19-14
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio:
St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting