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10:05 AM ET, August 22, 2014


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Don Emmert / GlobalPost:
Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family  —  The last time James Foley's parents heard from their son's captors was on Aug. 12.  They received this message.  —  BOSTON, Mass. — American journalist James Foley was murdered by Islamic State militants …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Defense secretary: ISIS threat 'beyond anything we've seen'  —  The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is beyond “just a terrorist group” and poses a greater threat than Al Qaeda, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.  —  “This is beyond anything that we've seen,” he said during a briefing …
Discussion: Hot Air and TPNN
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?
Jack Shafer:
The Islamic State buys itself a day of horror, little else, by killing James Foley
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Revved up  —  How Al Sharpton became Obama's go-to man on race.  —  A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King Goes Off About Ferguson And The Congressional Black Caucus  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a lot of thoughts about race in America, as he demonstrated in an interview Wednesday that touched on the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the “sin” committed by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and the …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Joe Klein / TIME:   Beyond a Simple Solution for Ferguson
New York Times:
A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics  —  WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras.  Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist …
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Mail
LeighAnne Manwarren / Daily Oklahoman:
More victims are possible in Oklahoma City police sex crime case  —  Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday.  He is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol in the Springlake division.  —  An Oklahoma City police officer …
Discussion: The Raw Story and KFOR-TV
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Don Lemon, Automatic Weapons, and the Integrity of Language  —  Last night, on national television, CNN host Don Lemon attempted to alter physical reality through the sheer force of his will:  —  Lemon's central claim was that, after the shooting in Colorado in 2012, he was able to go out and …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Talib Kweli Flips Out At Don Lemon Over CNN Ferguson Coverage (VIDEO)
Discussion: PandoDaily, Gawker and Mediaite
New York Times:
Obama Cares.  Look at the Numbers.  —  AS the predominantly black, disproportionately poor community of Ferguson, Mo., erupted in protest after the shooting death of Michael Brown, critics excoriated President Obama for his failure to empathize.  Michael Eric Dyson, for example …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Prosecutors have not spoken to Darren Wilson yet  —  A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he would not comment on reports that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson suffered a fractured eye bone during Wilson's confrontation with Michael Brown that ended …
Abby Simons / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Supreme Court candidate barred, removed from GOP State Fair booth  —  Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald vowed to return to the Minnesota Republican Party's State Fair booth Thursday after she was banned and ordered by security to leave.  —  “We may as well look for justice on a stick because we can't find it here!”
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GAO: Taliban prisoner swap violated law  —  The Pentagon broke the law by transferring five Taliban commanders from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without notifying Congress 30 days in advance, the Government Accountability Office has found.  —  In a decision released today …
Discussion: and NewsBusters
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:   GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Ryan: I'd drive Romney's bus in 2016  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dodged questions about his 2016 plans Wednesday but said he would be a big backer of Mitt Romney if he were to make another run for the White House.  —  “I'd drive his bus if he asked me to,” Ryan, who ran alongside Romney …
NC Policy Watch:
NC school vouchers ruled unconstitutional; state must retrieve distributed funds  —  In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers' efforts to bring school vouchers to North Carolina, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood today found the recently-enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” …
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Washington Post:
Updates: Day 19 of the McDonnell corruption trial
Discussion: and Talking Points Memo
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
The Libertarian Moment in Ferguson
Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
It's Time To Stop ‘Managing’ the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Twilight of Antonin Scalia
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!
Discussion: RT, Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm
Associated Press:
U.S. diplomats barred from ALS challenge
Discussion: The Daily Caller