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8:05 PM ET, August 21, 2014


 Top Items: 
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 …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by ‘a million’
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried to Rescue Journalist James Foley From Islamic State Captors in Syria
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why congressional Democrats don't like Obama  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  “Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Talib Kweli Flips Out At Don Lemon Over CNN Ferguson Coverage (VIDEO)  —  Rapper Talib Kweli flipped out at CNN's Don Lemon over the news channel's coverage of the protests in Ferguson Missouri on Wednesday.  —  The segment started out pretty harmlessly with Kweli explaining why he thought …
VIDEO: CNN'S DON LEMON HAS NO IDEA WHAT AN AUTOMATIC FIREARM IS  —  Below is video of CNN's Don Lemon proving he has absolutely no idea what the difference is between an automatic and semi-automatic firearm.  In other words, Don Lemon, a star anchor at a major cable news network that regularly covers …
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
The Libertarian Moment in Ferguson  —  A new kind of politics is being born in the discussion over race and militarized policing in Ferguson.  —  Just two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine had the temerity to ask, “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?”
Washington Post:
Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares painful memories of racism
Discussion: NewsBusters
Fox News:
Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Twilight of Antonin Scalia  —  When the Supreme Court reassembles in October, the same nine justices will gather in the robing room, but the Court itself will be different.  As one example, consider the position of Justice Antonin Scalia.  For a quarter of a century, Scalia has been the conservative wing's alpha dog.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
By Any Means Necessary  —  The Affordable Care Act …
Yishai Schwartz / The New Republic:
Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible  —  You can thank Missouri law for that  —  On Wednesday, amid continued protests demanding “Justice for Michael Brown” prosecutors will bring evidence before a grand jury as they determine whether to indict Brown's killer, Officer Darren Wilson.
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
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Obama returns to golf green after talking to media about journalist's ISIS execution
Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm  —  As former social chair of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Harvard University, Malik Gill wants to appear especially welcoming to girls who come to the house for parties.  —  Yet, Gill, who starts his junior year in a few weeks …
Washington Post:
Updates: Day 19 of the McDonnell corruption trial  —  Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, are battling a 14-count public corruption indictment that alleges that they lent the prestige of the governor's office to a Richmond area businessman and that …
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
It's Time To Stop ‘Managing’ the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It  —  A Palestinian protester holds stones during a protest against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, Friday, November 9, 2012.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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: ABC News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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.
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Associated Press:
Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules
Discussion: RedState, Politico and The PJ Tatler
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap
Discussion: Politico
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Paul Ryan Rules Out Another Government Shutdown
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!
Discussion: RT, Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
In D.C., defiant Rick Perry sounds off
Discussion: CNN
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
A Recovery in Need of a Recovery: Why the Middle Class Isn't Buying Talk About Economic Good Times
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
10 Questions With Paul Ryan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
Daniel Mael / Truth Revolt:
Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack
Kerry Burke / NY Daily News:
Giant flag in support of Palestinians draped on side of Manhattan Bridge
George F. Will / Washington Post:
From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government
Discussion: Hit & Run and alicublog
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
ABC News:
Americans With Ebola Will Be Released From Hospital
Discussion:, Mediaite and Truth Revolt
Ray Rivera / WWBT-TV:
Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing