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3:35 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 …
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 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
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by ‘a million’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is predicting that the beheading of American journalist James Foley is just the start of more violence if President Barack Obama doesn't “deal with this crisis” in Iraq.  —  “The ISIS organization in charge …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Obama returns to golf green after talking to media about journalist's ISIS execution
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pete King: Beheading was ‘declaration of war’
Discussion: Politico and The Week
NY Daily News:   Obama's duty to act
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS
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: Shakesville and Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Missouri National Guard to Withdraw From Ferguson as Tensions Ease  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — As tensions on the streets here seemed to ease on Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city.  —  “I greatly appreciate the men and women …
Fox News:
Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
CBS News:
Ferguson, Missouri: Americans give Obama mixed marks on handling of post-shooting tensions
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gawker
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.
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Holder's stop in Ferguson is deeply personal
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
In D.C., defiant Rick Perry sounds off  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry might be under indictment but he sure isn't shying away from the limelight.  —  A defiant Perry appeared at the Heritage Foundation on Capitol Hill Thursday to deliver a talk on immigration reform and border security.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
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: Associated Press and 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
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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: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
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
Randy Yeip / Wall Street Journal:
What Presidential Votes Suggest About 2014 Senate Races — Charts
Discussion: Washington Post
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Job Security at New High
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