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1:00 PM ET, August 27, 2014

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Lauren Windsor / The Nation:
Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)  —  At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise  —  WASHINGTON — Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won't Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at an August 2014 campaign event  —  CREDIT: Mitch McConnell's Facebook page  —  At a Koch Brothers-hosted secret strategy conference of right-wing millionaire …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout  —  Burger King plans to merge with Canuck coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base the company's headquarters in Canada where it will enjoy the kind of reasonable corporate tax structure that Democrats continue to obstruct here in the United States.
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Burger King and the Whopper About Taxes
Mike Snider / Associated Press:
Burger King, Tim Hortons merge into whopper-sized firm
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue  —  Jon Stewart returned from a long summer break to tackle the unrest in Ferguson over the past few weeks.  In fact, he started out by taking the Ferguson Challenge.  It's like the Ice Bucket Challenge, only with mace and tear gas.
New York Times:
U.S. Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday.
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says  —  Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man's family.
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Jill Drury / WDTN-TV:
Dueling demands in Walmart shooting case
Sam Wang / New Yorker:
Could an Independent in Kansas Swing the Senate?  —  In national politics, Kansas is considered as Republican as they come: Mitt Romney carried the state in 2012 by twenty-two percentage points, and the last Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Kansas was Lyndon Johnson, in 1964.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Marco Rubio's course correction on immigration  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL IMMIGRATION BARACK OBAMA MARCO RUBIO  —  Marco Rubio's office got in touch this week to say the Florida senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful wanted to discuss immigration.
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Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights.  Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there's more where that came from.  —  Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia …
Andy Cush / Gawker:
World's Greatest Two-Year-Old Drops F-Bomb After Ice Bucket Challenge  —  We have seen have seen more ice buckets dropped on heads than we care to remember.  We have seen superheroes and wanted criminals, former presidents and wisdom teeth patients who are obviously faking it.
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
Casey Newton / The Verge:
This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.
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Craig / Uber Blog:   Uber's Marketing Program to Recruit Drivers: Operation SLOG
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Between the World and Ferguson  —  When I was eighteen, I stumbled across Richard Wright's poem “Between the World and Me.”  The poem, a retelling of a lynching, shook me, because while the narrator relays the details in the first person, the actual victim of that brutish ritual is another man, unknown to him and unknown to us.
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying … A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she'd done with money from a settlement that was supposed …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly  —  I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy.  Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him.
Daily Mail:
Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN  —  The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Bloomberg:
Boehner-Haters Heading Back to Congress With More Allies  —  The anti-Boehner clan is on the way back to Washington, and bringing reinforcements.  —  Ten of the 12 House Republicans who didn't support John Boehner's 2013 selection as speaker are cruising to November victories …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
The Note: Obama Mulls Options for Airstrikes Over Syria
Discussion: ABC News
Melissa Davey / Guardian:
World Congress of Families conference in chaos as venues decline to host
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and BuzzFeed
Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Are (Slowly) Learning to Love Obamacare
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia
Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting
Discussion: Informed Comment and Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Politico:
Florida Democrats nominate Charlie Crist
Discussion: The Week
Eddie Scarry / Mediaite:
Romney on 2016 Run: ‘Circumstances Can Change’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
College board mandates left-wing narrative for AP U.S. History
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Impeachment Would Probably Cost Republicans The Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
NBC News:
‘Islam Over Everything’: American Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS