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1:00 PM ET, August 23, 2014


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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Isis gains in Syria put pressure on west to deliver more robust response  —  US looks at options for action in Iraq as Islamic State ramps up attacks while senior Tories call for UK to join in air strikes  —  Western powers are coming under mounting pressure to do more to confront Islamic State …
Joseph Miller / The Daily Caller:
Pentagon Official: White House Foley Leak Endangers Future Operations, American Hostages  —  Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He has worked in strategic planning.
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco says it has arrested two IS jihadists AFP 20 mins ago
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Foley's killing was ‘absolutely’ a terrorist attack
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they're not ‘smarter than anybody else.’ He does stuff like this a lot.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Reid apologizes for Asian jokes
Discussion: Power Line, OnPolitics and Mediaite
Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes
Discussion: Politico
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.  —  In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama urges business owners to lobby Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  —  The bank provides loans, loan guarantees …
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Cubs Cut Workers' Hours To Avoid O-Care Mandate, Then Disaster Struck  —  Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs grounds crew experienced a disaster.  As rain poured onto Wrigley Field, they were unable to cover the playing surface with a tarp in time.  They were booed.  The game was called.
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Sanitizing terror: Has the press distorted Islamic radical's crusade against gay men?  —  Ali Muhammad Brown was already a suspect in the murder of three Seattle men when he shot 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin eight times at a West Orange traffic light in his home state of New Jersey in June.
Seth Richardson / The Daily Caller:
St. Louis Area Cop Thinks Protesters Should Be ‘Put Down Like Rabid Dogs’  —  A police officer just 15 miles away from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo. allegedly said he thinks the protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs.”  —  Officer Matthew Pappert is a police officer with the Glendale Police Department.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
The rise of ‘Obama Inc.’  —  The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.  —  Members of the president's brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joe Biden / Washington Post:
Iraqis must rise above their differences to rout terrorists  —  Joe Biden is vice president of the United States.  —  In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized significant territory inside Iraq …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Admin Offers Hobby Lobby Workaround On Birth Control
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread  —  More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory released on Friday.
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
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 ›
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Ferguson shooting: Where's Officer Darren Wilson?
Discussion: Guardian and The Gateway Pundit
Rheana Murray / ABC News:
James Foley's Siblings Say US Could Have Done More to Save Him
Discussion: and Yahoo! News
Uwe E. Reinhardt / New York Times:
A Private Good: The Teaching of Future Doctors Doesn't Necessarily Deserve Your Tax Dollars
James Warren / NY Daily News:
Obama lands in the rough among critics over second day of golf after James Foley was executed by ISIS
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Robert P. Jones / The Atlantic Online:
Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Theory on Long-Term Economic Trends and a Sudden Crash
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare rates are rising once again
Washington Post:
Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team