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6:30 PM ET, August 22, 2014


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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 …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Asian chamber spurns Reid, endorses Hutchison  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during the Asian Chamber of Commerce's monthly lunch at the Gold Coast casino-hotel in Las Vegas Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (Erik Verduzco/Las vegas Review-Journal)  —  U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Queens …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Reid apologizes for Asian jokes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday issued an apology for cracking two Asian-themed jokes during a speech Thursday night at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.  —  “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Mediaite
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they're not ‘smarter than anybody else.’ He does stuff like this a lot.
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Harry Reid apologizes to Asians over ‘Wong’ comment
CNN:   Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes
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 …
Don Emmert / GlobalPost:
Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family
Rheana Murray / ABC News:
James Foley's Siblings Say US Could Have Done More to Save Him
Discussion:, The PJ Tatler and Yahoo! News
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Time to Stop ISIS  —  The Islamic State has grown because it seemed unstoppable.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Washington Post editorial board stops using the word ‘Redskins’
Discussion: Politico, CBS DC, The Reaction and USA Today
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin Offers Hobby Lobby Workaround On Birth Control  —  The Obama administration rolled out a plan on Friday to protect access to copay-free birth control for women in response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.  —  A new “proposed rule” by the Department of Health …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Irin Carmon /
White House issues new fix for contraceptive coverage  —  The Obama administration has issued a new set of rules to provide contraceptive access to women whose employers object to their insurance plans covering birth control, which is required under the Affordable Care Act.
Robert P. Jones / The Atlantic Online:
Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson  —  The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the anger poured out in response by Ferguson's mostly black population, has snapped the issue of race into national focus.
Ryanschuessler / Ryan L. Schuessler:
I will not be returning to Ferguson  —  I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week.  After what I saw last night, I will not be returning.  The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling …
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.
James Warren / NY Daily News:
Obama lands in the rough among critics over second day of golf after James Foley was executed by ISIS  —  The President, who is vacationing in Massachusetts, took to the links for a second straight day.  Obama was slammed for picking up a putter just minutes after delivering a somber speech about the death of journalist James Foley.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Theory on Long-Term Economic Trends and a Sudden Crash  —  Employment losses during the Great Recession may have had more to do with factors like the rise of Walmart than with the recession itself, two economists say in a new academic paper.  —  The paper, presented Friday morning …
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.
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco says it has arrested two IS jihadists AFP 20 mins ago  —  Rabat (AFP) - Morocco said on Friday it had arrested two Islamic State jihadists who had been planning to leave for IS training camps in Syria and Iraq to prepare attacks at home.  —  The two, whose identities were not disclosed …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza Compares “What's Going On In Ferguson” To ISIS
Discussion: Gawker and Daily Kos
Uwe E. Reinhardt / New York Times:
A Private Good: The Teaching of Future Doctors Doesn't Necessarily Deserve Your Tax Dollars
Discussion: Washington Post and relinquishment
David Sirota / Salon:
The U.S. government's creeping war on journalists
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs cut grounds crew's hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources
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Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
AG hopeful Laxalt was described in law firm evaluation as a “train wreck,” borderline incompetent to practice
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Blupman / Our Bad Media:
The Paste-American World: How Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized In His International Bestseller …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Missouri Dem: ‘Rand Paul was right’
Discussion: Fox News
NC Policy Watch:
NC school vouchers ruled unconstitutional
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Ryan: I'd drive Romney's bus in 2016
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Revved Up  —  How Al Sharpton became Obama's go-to man on race.
Discussion: The Federalist and Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers.