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12:45 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 …
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
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
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 …
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
Joe Klein / TIME:   Beyond a Simple Solution for Ferguson
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 …
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 …
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 …
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
A Gun Distinction Without a Difference
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Talib Kweli Flips Out At Don Lemon Over CNN Ferguson Coverage (VIDEO)
Discussion: PandoDaily, Gawker and Mediaite
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
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
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!”
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.
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
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
AZ GOP Candidate Suggests Migrant Children Could Spread Ebola  —  Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin (R), who's running for Congress in the state's 1st Congressional District, suggested that immigrants from Central America could bring the Ebola virus with them, even though the outbreak has mainly been contained in West Africa.
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 …
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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The Twilight of Antonin Scalia
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