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3:45 PM ET, August 27, 2015


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Nina Golgowski / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Video shows Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan in July road rage incident  —  A former reporter-turned killer who considered himself a “human powder keg” ignited behind the wheel as well.  —  A recently emerged YouTube video shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, who also went by the name Bryce Williams …
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
Vester Flanagan Threatened Colleagues, Played the Race Card for Years  —  The cold-blooded Roanoke killer kept getting fired, kept threatening co-workers, and kept claiming he was the real victim.  —  Vester Lee Flanagan claimed in a suicide note Wednesday that June's massacre of black parishioners …
President Obama talks Va. shooting with Monica Malpass
Associated Press:
On-air killings gripped millions in social media storm
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
On Wednesday, America met a deeply evil human being: Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known as reporter Bryce Williams.
Edgar Sandoval / New York Daily News:
TV news reporter, cameraman are fatally shot during live broadcast in Virginia; suspected shooter …
Discussion: Blogcritics and The Daily Caller
Connecticut Post:
Q poll: Trump numbers soar, Hillary continues slide  —  A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Donald Trump widening his lead over other Republican presidential challengers and Vice President Joseph Biden running slightly better than Hillary Clinton against leading GOP contenders
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Handling of Email Issue Frustrates Democratic Leaders
Discussion: Bearing Drift
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Tom Harkin Cautions Joe Biden Against Running for President
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds  —  WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Report for Planned Parenthood finds sting videos manipulated  —  A report commissioned by Planned Parenthood has found that the sting videos targeting its tissue donation practices contain intentionally deceptive edits, missing footage and inaccurately transcribed conversations.
Asoleycerro / KTLA:
Driver Breaks Into Dance Following Downtown L.A. Pursuit  —  Cameras captured a driver breaking into dance following a pursuit in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.  —  Police attempted to stop the woman for driving erratically near Seventh Street and Towne Avenue around 10:10 p.m …
Discussion: KFOR-TV, FOX31 Denver and
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump  —  Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump's presidential run: They've never seen anything like it.  —  The businessman's dominance of the Republican presidential race is forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything …
Washington Post:
Inside the Trump-Bush melodrama: Decades of tension and discomfort  —  Donald Trump spent a day in January 2014 hobnobbing with politicians at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The billionaire mogul touted legalizing gambling with state House Speaker Steve Crisafulli …
Michael Brown / Politico:
Stop blaming me for Hurricane Katrina  —  Ten years later, the name ‘Brownie’ is still identified with the government's failures.  Here's what really happened.  —  Getty.  —  SHARES  —  Had I left the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the spring of 2005, my life would be very different today.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A ‘Jackass’ At Fundraiser  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner stunned audience members Wednesday evening at a Colorado fundraiser by referring to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a “jackass,” two people in attendance tell The Daily Caller.
White House pushes for Iran filibuster  —  The administration seeks to tamp down expectations, but the numbers of supportive Senate Democrats are adding up.  —  President Barack Obama's almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal through Congress — but whether he gets there by filibuster …
Ricky Martin / Fusion:
It's time for Latinos to unite against Donald Trump  —  The fact that a person like Donald Trump, a candidate for the U.S. presidency for the Republican Party, has the gall to continue to freely harass the Latino community day after day makes my blood boil.  —  Why would he assume …
Mike Wynn / Courier-Journal:
Gay couple turned away 3rd time by Rowan clerk  —  MOREHEAD, Ky. James Yates and William Smith Jr. left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday, frustrated that clerks have now refused them a marriage license for third time.  —  The couple said they felt that Rowan Clerk Kim Davis was obligated …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian, Raw Story and Towleroad
Usain Bolt wiped out by cameraman on Segway when celebrating 200m gold  —  Justin Gatlin could not get close to Usain Bolt in the 200m final in Beijing - but it appears he might have had better luck if he had been on a Segway and armed with a camera.  —  Bolt streaked clear of his sprint rival …
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
The Daily Beast:
Spies: Obama's Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat  —  U.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn't going so well.  Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.  —  Senior military and intelligence officials …
Alex Weprin / Politico:
MSNBC moves Al Sharpton to Sunday mornings  —  Al Sharpton is leaving MSNBC's weekday dayside lineup, and moving to Sunday mornings.  —  Sharpton's last weekday “PoliticsNation” will be Sept. 4.  He moves to Sundays a month later on Oct. 4, according to a memo sent to MSNBC staff …
New York Daily News:
Rev. Al Sharpton moves MSNBC show to Sunday mornings
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Austria Finds Up to 50 Bodies Thought to Be of Migrants in Truck  —  VIENNA — The partly decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, the police said.
Discussion: Reuters, Refinery29, and Eschaton
Lindsey Hilsum / Guardian:
Austrian police fear as many as 50 migrants dead inside lorry
Discussion: Business Insider
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Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Compares GOP Views On Women To Those Of Terrorist Groups
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Top Racists And Neo-Nazis Back Donald Trump
Tim Duy / Tim Duy's Fed Watch:
Dudley Puts The Kibosh On September
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
America's First Social Media Murder
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Today in Politics: Ad Portrays Donald Trump and His Rivals as a Single Voice on Immigration
Discussion: Politico and ImmigrationProf Blog
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Lessons From the Murders of TV Journalists in the Virginia Shooting
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself
Discussion: Washington Post and Liberaland
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The havoc that Trump wreaks
Discussion: Applesauce and Wall Street Journal
Jen Yamato / The Daily Beast:
Morrissey on How Obama ‘Has Meant Nothing’ and Trump 'Can't Be Allowed to Represent America'
Discussion: Guardian