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5:20 PM ET, September 2, 2014


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Lee Ferran / ABC News:
Video Appears to Show ISIS Execution of Second American Steven Sotloff … A new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a self-professed member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.  —  In the video, which appeared online today, Sotloff addresses the camera …
William Maclean / Reuters:
Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage  —  (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.
Discussion: American Spectator and The Dish
ISIS video shows beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff  —  (CNN) — The ISIS terror group has published a video titled “A second message to America,” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.  —  The video also threatens the life of British captive, David Haines.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Halfway House: GOP falling short in midterms  —  Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year.  —  POLITICO interviewed …
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Politico: GOP Worried About Falling Short In Mid-Terms
Discussion: PBS and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Eric Cantor to Join Wall Street Bank  —  Eric Cantor plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis & Co., as the recently deposed House majority leader embarks on a new career on Wall Street.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Jeff Bezos Replaces WaPo Publisher With Politico Co-Founder
Alexander Cohen / The Center for Public …:
Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators  —  U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists  —  Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions …
David Weigel / Slate:
Why I'm Leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics  —  This blog does not believe in lede-burying, so here you go: On September 19, I'll be leaving Slate to work for Bloomberg Politics.  I'll be covering exactly what I cover now, but at a different address.  Slate's politics and policy coverage …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch
Apple Media Advisory  —  Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.  When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source.
Graeme Wood / The New Republic:
What ISIS's Leader Really Wants  —  The longer he lives, the more powerful he becomes  —  On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished  —  ROTHERHAM, England — It started on the bumper cars in the children's arcade of the local shopping mall.  Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Embraces The Pill After Retreating On Personhood Position  —  Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado, released a new ad Tuesday arguing for easy access to birth control.  —  The new ad, titled “For You” comes months after Gardner disavowed his support …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Lynn Bartels / The Spot:
Cory Gardner's new ad: “I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
National Review:
Republicans, Make Your Case  —  Republicans continue to lack any strategy for winning the November elections beyond avoiding mistakes and hoping that President Obama's unpopularity, especially in key states, delivers control of the Senate to them.  It must be said that the party has executed …
Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
Field Poll: Obama's popularity dives to record low in California  —  President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.  —  Only 45 percent of California voters hold …
Kate McPherson / KTVA-TV:
Senate campaigns retract political ads … Latest Stories  —  Weather  —  Flood warning issued for upper Chena River  —  by Associated Press on Sep 02, 10:49  —  Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River after more than 2 inches of rain have fallen since Monday afternoon.
Crystal Moyer / WJXT-TV:
Passenger dispute diverts flight to JIA  —  Witness: Passengers argued over seat recliner … A Delta Airlines flight from LaGuardia to Palm Beach International Airport was diverted to Jacksonville when a passenger got into a dispute over a reclining seat.
Discussion: Politico, Mashable and ABC News
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet  —  People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist  —  From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:  —  A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work  —  This year, not one, but two, incumbent senators up for re-election have been dogged by the “issue” of the precise location where they rest their heads at the end of a weary day of lawmaking.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rand Paul Supports U.S. War in Middle East to Destroy ISIS  —  Kentucky senator Rand Paul tells the AP that he would seek to “destroy ISIS militarily” if he were president: … Paul had recently expressed ambivalence about U.S. military action against the Islamist terrorists who are building a state in Iraq and Syria.
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