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9:20 PM ET, August 26, 2014

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NBC News:
‘Islam Over Everything’: American Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS  —  Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego, was killed over the weekend while fighting for ISIS, according to the Free Syrian Army.
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ABC News:
ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman … A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria.  The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release …
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Sofia Vergara blasts critics of ‘sexist’ Emmy pedestal  —  Backstage at the Primetime Emmys, Sofia Vergara blasted critics who called her pedestal gag sexist.  —  During the 66th annual awards, the Modern Family actress stepped onto on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves …
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Kara Brown / Jezebel:
Sofia Vergara Got to Participate in the Sexist Portion of the Emmys  —  Well, the Emmys are still on an hour after they should have ended, so perhaps it's fitting that they started scraping the bottom of the barrel.  We have now entered the unfunny, sexist part of the program.
Discussion: Inside TV, Mediaite and US News
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Feminism Or Sexism? Depends. Is It Beyonce's VMAs or Vergara's Emmys?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Holly Yan / CNN:
Attorney: New audio reveals pause in gunfire when Michael Brown was shot  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown's shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism  —  There's been so much talk of late about the transformation of the Republican Party over the course of the last few decades that it is easy to become inured to reports of ideologically extreme new arrivals in the party's ranks.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Scott Walker's Race for Governor Could Shape U.S. Politics for Years to Come
Discussion: Washington Post
Dave Hawkins / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Shooting instructor dies after being accidentally shot by girl  —  The entrance to Bullets and Burgers enterprise at the Last Stop, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, is shown.  A shooting instructor at the outdoor range died Monday night after being accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl using an automatic 9mm Uzi earlier in the day.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's List of 6 Favorite Books Has One Huge Omission  —  World's Most Honest Man suffers strange memory loss.  —  Shares  —  Paul Ryan was asked by the Week to list his six favorite books about economics and democracy.  The request was a bit mischievous, as Ryan has tried …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
College board mandates left-wing narrative for AP U.S. History  —  The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement exams, is effectively requiring that AP U.S. History be taught from a hard-left perspective.
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Burger King swallows Tim Hortons; new firm is Canada-bound  —  Burger King Worldwide Inc. said Tuesday it would buy the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut chain for about $11.4 billion and place the new firm's headquarters in Canada, where the corporate tax rate is lower than in the U.S.
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New York Times:
Governor Cuomo's Failure on Ethics Reform Hinders an Endorsement  —  More than four years ago, while announcing his campaign for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan and said Albany's antics “could make Boss Tweed blush.”
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms  —  With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.  About six-in-ten (61%) Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters think their party …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Disapproval of Congress Linked to Higher Voter Turnout
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and U.S. News
Pew Internet:
Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’  —  Summary of Findings  —  A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues …
Max Fisher / Vox:
One in six French people say they support ISIS  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  Two polls released this week both ask a question that you would hope wouldn't need asking: how many people support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?  Unfortunately, in all four countries surveyed …
Eddie Scarry / Mediaite:
Romney on 2016 Run: ‘Circumstances Can Change’  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has denied he's not going to make a third bid for the White House but on Tuesday he left open a very small window.  —  “I know you're going to press, but you know, this is something we gave …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Cornel West and the Insular World of the Obama-Hating Left  —  A revealing interview.  —  Shares  —  The political subculture of anti-Obama leftists has entered a phase by this point in the Obama presidency where the truth of its worldview is so well-established to its own adherents that it requires no exposition.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Impeachment Would Probably Cost Republicans The Senate  —  Rep. Kenny Marchant says despite the “very slim chance” the House would vote to impeach Obama, “that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.”  —  A Republican congressman said there's a “slim” chance that President Obama …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Bill Kristol: What's the Harm in Bombing ISIS and Seeing What Happens?  —  Bill Kristol wants to bomb first and figure it out later.  News at ten.  —  During a Monday interview with Laura Ingraham on the ongoing situation in Iraq, the Weekly Standard founder discussed his desire …
Discussion: The Raw Story and FishbowlDC
David Montgomery / New York Times:
Texas v. Perry Emerges From Years of Struggle Over Anticorruption Unit  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — The trail to Rick Perry's indictment began with way too many drinks and a drunken-driving arrest for Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney, that was captured in embarrassing detail on videotape.
Caleb Smith / Speaker.gov:
The Monkey in the Room  —  As shown in the pictures below, the monkey is the second most photographed subject in H-232, aside from Speaker Boehner himself.  It all started in the fall of 2011, when Speaker Boehner joked in an interview that some days he felt like a windup toy because his jam-packed scheduled kept him so busy.
Ashton Edwards / fox13now.com:
Condition of newborn girl found in garbage declining, mother being evaluated  —  KEARNS, Utah - Authorities are investigating after a newborn girl was found in a garbage can at a Kearns home Tuesday morning.  —  Det.  Jared Richardson said medical crews determined the infant girl was born …
Discussion: WTVR-TV and KFOR-TV
 
 
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions' Risks
Discussion: The Dish, Gawker and BillMoyers.com
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Madness of 2008  —  A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.”
Discussion: neo-neocon
New York Times:
Hamas and Israel Agree to Extended Gaza Cease-Fire
Discussion: Hot Air, Bloomberg View and RedState
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
McDonnell Living With Priest Who Pleaded Guilty To Sex Crime
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry's legal team
Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter ‘smelly’
Discussion: Truth Revolt and Liberaland
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Lost in America  —  More and more I'm convinced that America right …
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Spencer / KSL-TV:
Woman accidentally shoots family member in car