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8:50 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.
CNN:   Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Harry Reid apologizes to Asians over ‘Wong’ comment
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 …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
The logic of not paying ransoms  —  The U.S. government certainly tried to save James Foley before he was executed by Islamic State extremists.  Sources have told The Washington Post that a secret raid was conducted in a bid to save the American journalist and others.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. defends post-Foley golf game  —  The White House on Friday defended President Barack Obama's decision to head to the golf course earlier this week just moments after condemning the killing of American journalist James Foley.  —  While principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz declined …
Discussion: Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Foley's killing was ‘absolutely’ a terrorist attack  —  The killing of American journalist James Foley was “absolutely” a terrorist attack, the White House said Friday.  —  Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, briefing reporters from Martha's Vineyard …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
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 …
Jim Nintzel / Tucson Weekly:
Judgment Day  —  Three Republicans battle for the chance to face Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in next week's primary election  —  Republican voters in Congressional District 1 are going to have to choose among three candidates in next week's primary election to find a nominee …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
AZ GOP Candidate Suggests Migrant Children Could Spread Ebola
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.
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza Compares “What's Going On In Ferguson” To ISIS  —  “You have these people who basically believe that to correct a perceived injustice, it's perfectly okay to inflict all types of new injustices.”  —  View Video ›
Discussion: Gawker and Daily Kos
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
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Seth Richardson / The Daily Caller:
St. Louis Area Cop Thinks Protesters Should Be ‘Put Down Like Rabid Dogs’
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
New York Times:
U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
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
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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
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Ryan: I'd drive Romney's bus in 2016
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Al Sharpton became Obama's man on race
Discussion: The Federalist and Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers.