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9:50 AM 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco says it has arrested two IS jihadists AFP 20 mins ago
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
James Warren / NY Daily News:
Obama lands in the rough among critics over second day of golf after James Foley was executed by ISIS
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It's Personal
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Reid apologizes for Asian jokes
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs cut grounds crew's hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources
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.
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
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
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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David Sirota / Salon:
The U.S. government's creeping war on journalists
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
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