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1:50 PM 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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It's Personal  —  When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States.  It should be careful what it wishes for.  The gloves just came off.  —  The Obama administration signaled Thursday that the United States has begun …
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: Taylor Marsh, Hot Air and TPNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Missouri Dem: ‘Rand Paul was right’  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Two African-American lawmakers from Missouri met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday afternoon at the Pentagon to urge him to curtail the transfer of military hardware to local police forces.
Discussion: Fox News
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Time to Stop ISIS  —  The Islamic State has grown because it seemed unstoppable.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Apocalyptic Isis beyond anything we've seen, say US defence chiefs
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?
Missy Ryan / Reuters:
Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist and Booman Tribune
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King Goes Off About Ferguson And The Congressional Black Caucus
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Harry Reid's Joke to Asians: You're Not Smarter Than Everyone Else  —  “One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew laughter from an Asian audience Thursday with a pair of Asian-themed jokes.  —  “I don't think you're smarter …
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 …
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
A Gun Distinction Without a Difference  —  It seems to be hugely important to gun rights supporters that people understand the difference between fully automatic and semiautomatic weapons.  And it appears to greatly irritate them when they hear people fail to accurately distinguish between the two.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Washington Post:
Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team  —  THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name.  The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.”  The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too.
Discussion: American Spectator and Poynter
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare rates are rising once again  —  WHITE HOUSE OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENTS BUDGETS AND DEFICITS  —  Supporters of President Obama's health care law have been touting proposed insurance rates for 2015 — arguing that they aren't as high as some of the dire warnings of the law's critics.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: RAND PAUL SLAMS OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION WHILE MEETING WITH GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT  —  GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Here performing eye surgeries on blind Guatemalans for several days in the rural town of Salama, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) strongly criticized President Obama's immigration policy …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
With an eye on 2016, Rand Paul takes his campaign-in-waiting to the operating room
Blupman / Our Bad Media:
The Paste-American World: How Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized In His International Bestseller (And The Magazines He Used To Run)  —  Last Tuesday, Fareed Zakaria responded to our initial blog post showing that he had clearly and inappropriately copied and pasted other journalists' work.
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 …
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Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs cut grounds crew's hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
AG hopeful Laxalt was described in law firm evaluation as a “train wreck,” borderline incompetent to practice
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
AZ GOP Candidate Suggests Migrant Children Could Spread Ebola
NC Policy Watch:
NC school vouchers ruled unconstitutional
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Washington Post:
Updates: Day 19 of the McDonnell corruption trial
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