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2:20 PM ET, August 25, 2014

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John Eligon / New York Times:
Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling.  He had seen something overpowering.  In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   A Funeral in Ferguson
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Obama's evolution on ISIS threat  —  The Obama administration says the nation is facing a threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is “beyond anything we've seen.”  —  Earlier this year, however, President Obama was dismissing ISIS as the junior varsity of al Qaeda.
Discussion: Fox News and Wall Street Journal
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New York Times:   A Necessary Response to ISIS
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to change conversation to help party in midterms
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Thomas Frank / Salon:
Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.  We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency"  —  Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama  —  Cornel West is a professor …
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC News President Rouses the Network  —  In her first year as president of NBC News, Deborah Turness received one message loud and clear: Welcome to the feeding frenzy.  —  It didn't take long for Ms. Turness to realize that the attention paid to broadcast journalism in America …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News President Wants An Edgier ‘Meet The Press’  —  When he takes over as moderator of “Meet the Press” next month, Chuck Todd will be charged with reversing the Sunday morning show's sagging ratings.  If his boss has anything to say about it, he will also be expected to bring more “edge” to the struggling program.
Discussion: Politico
Wtvrwebstaff / WTVR-TV:
LIVE UPDATES: Fort Lee issues all clear after ‘enraged’ soldier shoots herself  —  FORT LEE, Va. — Fort Lee was on lockdown Monday morning after officials say a female soldier went on a rampage in an office before shooting herself.  —  Officials said that first responders were dispatched …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wrong Way Nation  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again.  What are his chances?  Will he once again become a punch line?  I have absolutely no idea.  This isn't a horse-race column.  —  What I'd like to do, instead, is take advantage of Mr. Perry's ambitions to talk …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and BillMoyers.com
WSPA-TV:
Video Spurs Questions Of Arresting Methods After Deputies Tase Man Inside Walmart  —  An arrest Saturday led to some witnesses thinking the arresting officers went a little far.  —  In a video sent to 7 On Your Side, you can see a man lying on the floor of the Walmart on Whitehorse Road and the deputies attempting to arrest him.
Free James Foley / Facebook:
A LETTER FROM JIM: All letters Jim wrote to his family during his captivity were confiscated by the jailers.  So, Jim devised a better approach this last June: he asked a fellow hostage about to be released to commit a letter to memory.  Very soon after his release, this hostage called Diane and dictated what follows.
Mike Allen / Politico:
71 days to midterms - CLINTON LIBRARY to spill new secrets - RISING-STAR DEMS buck administration — MARK FABIANI joins Perry legal team - DSCC targets McConnell on shutdown  —  5 YEARS AGO TODAY, Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate, died at his home in Hyannis Port, at age 77.
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais Wins by 38 Votes, Jim Tracy Concedes  —  Rep. Scott DesJarlais has officially won his primary, barely squeaking past state Sen. Jim Tracy, who conceded Monday after more than two tense weeks following Tennessee's Republican primary in the 4th District.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Local, state Democrats go rogue  —  In scattered state capitals and city halls around the country, a new group of elected officials is telling the federal government to take a hike: Up-and-coming Democrats.  —  Challenging federal power in sometimes-theatrical ways has been a hallmark …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ron Prosor / New York Times:
Club Med for Terrorists  —  THE hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution.  While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Richard Balmforth / Reuters:
Ukraine accuses Russia of opening new front before leaders' meeting  —  (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia on Monday of sending soldiers across the border to open a new front in the separatist war that has devastated the east of the country and provoked the gravest East-West crisis since the fall of Communism.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton ignored reporters' questions about the racial conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday at the end of a book-signing event in Westhampton Beach, a vacation enclave near her rented summer house.  —  Clinton, the potential 2016 …
Discussion: National Review
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CNN:
Ahead of Michael Brown's funeral, calls to not let the moment pass
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Restores Gun Rights To Ex-Cop Who Tried To Sexually Assault A Woman With His Gun
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe
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As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action
Aaron Sharp / Mirror.co.uk:
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Andrew Shain / The State:
EXCLUSIVE: How anger over 2010 race shaped Gov. Nikki Haley's first term
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Alexander Simenstad / ABC News:
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