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Texas Governor Perry tries to turn felony indictment into election gold
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, greets audience members at a "NH GOP Victory Rally" in Stratham,By Ted Siefer PORTSMOUTH N.H. (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry has sought to parlay attention over a felony indictment into a fresh political push in New Hampshire, the crucial presidential primary state where his dismal showing in 2012 led him to drop out of the race. Perry returned to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday in his first visit to the state since his presidential bid unraveled, laying out his message for a business-friendly government, stronger border security and a more muscular foreign policy. With Congress in recess and President Barack Obama on vacation, Perry has become one of the most talked-about politicians since he was indicted last week on two felony counts of abusing power for trying to force a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunk driving out of office by cutting off funds for an integrity unit in her office. Perry has held news conferences to denounce the indictment and turned his police booking into a campaign-like event, speaking to cheering supporters before and after he posed for a mugshot.
Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's VineyardBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 - as some conservative Republicans hope it will - if lawmakers fail to act. Obama said in his weekly radio address that if Congress lets the bank close, it would be stunting U.S. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit," the president said.
Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State: Senate aide
A Kurdish fighter keeps guard while overlooking positions of Islamic State militants near Mosul in northern IraqBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request. The administration has indicated it does not want to put combat troops into the region, although it has said it is evaluating all options on how to deal with Syria.
White House defends Obama\'s golf outings during crises
U.S. President Obama lines up his putt while playing a round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha's VineyardBy Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley's grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. "Bam's Golf War," blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president behind the wheel of a golf cart, while Foley's parents grieved over their son in a smaller photo lower on the page. Criticism of Obama was not universal but emerged on both sides of the political spectrum, with former Vice President Dick Cheney attacking the president and left-leaning blogger Ezra Klein saying in a tweet that it was in bad taste.
Hamas leader: Don\'t compare us to ISIL
As much of the world expressed revulsion over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL executioner, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal took pains to disassociate his organization from the Islamist militant group that has conducted a murderous rampage across a large swath of Syria and Iraq.
Pakistan\'s massive anti-government protests stay peaceful, for the moment
Pakistani children and female protesters sleep in front of the parliament building, during weeklong protests from the eastern city of Lahore to the gates of parliament calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged voting fraud, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. They swarmed into the capital in their thousands, protesters calling for the prime minister's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. The week-long protests in the capital and around the parliament building have been loud and boisterous but peaceful. But despite their color, there is the other side to the demonstrations _ the increased demand for food, water and toilets to accommodate the thousands of people who turned out to support cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and popular cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)Huge anti-government demonstrations in Pakistan entered their second week with thousands of protesters surrounding and blockading ? peacefully, so far ? the parliament building in Islamabad. Two groups of protesters from different opposition parties converged on the capital on Aug. 15, demanding the resignations of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of the Punjab state.
We want our politicians to act like LBJ. But not really.
The problem with Barack Obama is that he just doesn't love the full contact sport of politics. He has no capacity for the inside machinations or tactical brutality we associate with a more sophisticated and celebrated president
James Foley\'s parents: \'He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom\'
The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted on YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday.
Obama ?heartbroken? by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations
President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself ?heartbroken? by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group?s ?cancer? out of the Middle East.
Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers
Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by SympathizersUS Fears That a Radicalized Sympathizer Could Attack Homeland

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Vox not living up to the hype, explained
Industry sources say the site has yet to live up to lofty expectations.
It\'s on: Brown vs. Shaheen (and Obama)
New Hampshire suddenly has a real Senate race.
Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi split in DNC contest
Drama fills the election for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee Women's Caucus.
W.H. offers new birth control plan
The accommodation is unlikely to put an end to the ongoing court battles over the issue.
Ky. GOP files Grimes bus complaint
The complaint alleges Grimes violated federal campaign laws over her financing and use of a bus.
On stand, McDonnell talks glory days
The former Virginia Republican governor is on the witness stand for his third day.
Judge approves new Fla. House map
This year's elections will proceed using the existing congressional districts.
WaPo editorial board nixes ?Redskins?
The paper's news division will continue to use the NFL team's name.

Rasmussen Reports

21% of Consumers View Economy Positively
The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, remained steady on Saturday 107.0. Consumer confidence is up one point from a week ago, seven points from a month ago and three point from three months ago. The Rasmussen Investor Index dropped points to 120.3 on Saturday. Investor confidence is down three points from a week ago and up eight points from a month ago, but is down three points from three months ago. Detailed supplemental information, including a daily history and month-by-month trend data, is available for Platinum Members.  (Want afree daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 19% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week?s Key Polls
Is America becoming an even more divided nation? We ask voters last month if America is a more divided nation now than it was four years ago, and 67% said yes. That was before racial tensions exploded following a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Blacks and whites have sharply different views on what happened in Ferguson and what should happen next. Most black Americans (57%) are already convinced that the police officer who shot a black teenager should be found guilty of murder, a view shared by just 17% of whites and 24% of other minority adults.
Wyoming Governor: Mead (R) 55%, Gosar (D) 34%
Matt Mead turned back two challengers in this week?s Republican primary and looks well on his way to reelection as governor of Wyoming. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wyoming Voters finds Mead with 55% support to Democratic challenger Pete Gosar?s 34%. Seven percent (7%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 700 Likely Voters in Wyoming was conducted on August 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
53% Are Confident in U.S. Banking Industry
Just over half of Americans express confidence in the nation's banking system again this month. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the U.S. banking industry today, including 12% who are Very Confident. That?s up slightly from 50% in July. Forty-three percent (43%) are not confident in the banking industry, with 13% who are Not At All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here). (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 19-20, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Wyoming Senate: Enzi (R) 63%, Hardy (D) 27%
Count Wyoming?s Senate race strongly in the Red State column. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 700 Likely Voters in Wyoming was conducted on August 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Voters Question International Trial for Israel
Americans favor the use of international courts for crimes against humanity but have more confidence in a verdict reached by courts in this country. The Palestinians hope to have Israel tried for such crimes at the International Criminal Court, but Americans tend to think that's a bad idea. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely Voters favor the use of international courts for crimes such as genocide and war atrocities. Just 14% oppose the use of such courts. One-in-four (23%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Not Nearly as Daunting as the 1960s Riots by Michael Barone
Continued violence in Ferguson, Missouri, brings back memories of the urban riots of the 1960s. As it happens, I had a front-row seat back then, as an intern in the office of Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh during the six-day riot in July 1967. At one point I was alone in the so-called command center with Cavanagh and Michigan Gov. George Romney. Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (, where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at COPYRIGHT 2014 THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM
Americans Still Think A Home is Family?s Best Investment
Over half of Americans continue to say a home is a family's best investment, but more think it is not a good time for someone in their area to be selling their home. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of American Adults now say that buying a home is the best investment most families can make, down slightly from July. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree, while 22% are undecided. These are generally in line with findings for the past few years. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 17-18, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
38% Think the Economy Is Fair
Most voters still view the U.S. economy as unfair. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think the economy today is at least somewhat fair, and that includes only five percent (5%) who view it as Very Fair. Fifty-six percent (56%) feel the economy is not fair, with 19% who say it is Not At All Fair. This is generally in line with findings for the past year. In 2012 and the first half of last year, the number who thought the economy was fair generally ran in the mid-40s. (To see survey question wording, click here). (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 18-19, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Fox News Politics

?Retaliation?: Unsealed docs show prosecutors? broad search tactics against conservatives
Court documents released Friday in the so-called ?John Doe investigation? into political support for Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker show prosecutors subpoenaed phone-company records and that the probe went deeper than previously known, say conservatives who were targeted.
Reid apologizes for remarks at Asian business group event but loses an endorsement
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has apologized for making racially insensitive jokes at an event Thursday sponsored by the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, but perhaps too late for group members who later didn?t endorse Reid?s pick for Nevada lieutenant governor.
New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns
The New York State Board of Elections has enacted emergency regulations to keep a closer eye on political spending by special interest groups, but critics say the changes are over-reaching and will stifle free speech.
Will: General Dempsey foreshadowing \'third Iraq war\'?
George Will told viewers Friday on ?Special Report with Bret Baier? that ?if what General Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is saying, either is U.S. policy, or foreshadows U.S. policy, then I think it's fair to say we have begun the third Iraq war.?
Bob McDonnell trial: Ex-Va. gov says he knows in heart he\'s innocent
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told jurors Friday he was both innocent and contrite as he ended his third straight day of testifying in his corruption trial.
Food stamp fraud rampant: GAO report
Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation?s largest nutrition support program.
Florida judge approves new congressional map
A Florida judge is giving his approval to a new congressional map that was redrawn by state legislators.
Alberto Gonzales: Obama authorized to retaliate militarily for James Foley\'s murder
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales believes President Obama has all the legal authority he needs to order a military response to the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
Ex-Michigan Dem governor teaching class on job creation despite spotty record
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm saw her state lose a half-million jobs under her watch, but that isn?t stopping her from teaching a graduate course this fall at University of California at Berkeley that will focus on developing job creation strategies.
Missouri Dem predicts new wave of Ferguson unrest if no conviction in officer?s case
A Missouri Democratic lawmaker predicted Friday that if prosecutors don?t win a conviction against the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, it could trigger a new wave of unrest in Ferguson.

White House Dossier

Saturday Open Thread || August 23, 2014
Open Thread || Friday, August 22, 2014
Open Thread || Thursday, August 21, 2014
Open Thread || Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Open Thread || Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Open Thread || Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday Open Thread || August 17, 2014
Saturday Open Thread || August 16, 2014

The Hill

Republican: ISIS developing means to ?blow up? a US city
Sen. Inhofe says ISIS is "rapidly developing" ways of carrying out a catastrophic attack.
Pentagon: No evidence of ISIS at border
Defense Department pushes back on comments from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Issa subpoenas Obama\'s chief of staff for documents
The GOP chairman is probing whether the White House spends tax dollars on political activity.
Reid apologizes for Asian jokes
"One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight," Reid told an Asian crowd.
Perry: \'Real possibility\' ISIS in US
The Texas governor warned Islamic terrorists might have crossed the border into the U.S.
The rise of ?Obama Inc.?
The Obama presidency has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.
DEA tightens restrictions on hydrocodone combos
The DEA is moving to stem a rise in the abuse of powerful painkillers.
\'Orange is the New Black\' fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban
The month-long ban came after a string of edits to pages about transgender issues. 


US Right Direction Wrong Track - Wrong Track 60%, Right Direction 28% (YouGov/Economist 8/16-8/18)

2014 New Hampshire Governor - Hassan 51%, Hemingway 31% (UNH/WMUR 8/7-8/17)

2014 Wyoming Senate GE - Enzi 63%, Hardy 27% (Rasmussen Reports 8/20-8/21)

2014 Iowa CD-01 - Murphy 40%, Blum 35% (The Polling Company Inc./WomanTrend 8/11-8/12)

2014 Iowa CD-01 - Murphy 51%, Blum 40% (Myers 7/31-8/3)

2014 West Virginia CD-02 - Mooney 40%, Casey 28% (Public Opinion Strategies 8/10-8/12)

2014 Arkansas CD-04 - Westerman 47%, Witt 29% (OnMessage 7/29-7/31)

2014 Arizona Gubernatorial Republican Primary - Ducey 32%, Smith 19% (Harper Polling 8/19-8/20)

2014 Arkansas Senate - Pryor 46%, Cotton 41% (Opinion Research Associates 8/6-8/14)

Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 53%, Approve 45% (Rasmussen Reports 8/19-8/21)

New York Times Columnists

Order vs. Disorder, Part 3
The inequality of freedom is causing instability and chaos as it expands around the world.
Black, White and Baseball
The man who coached Mo?ne Davis sees the promise of inner-city kids.
The Golf Address
From the great battlefield of Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha?s Vineyard, a few words of national import.
Our Thoroughly Modern Enemies
Why radical Islam isn?t just a medieval throwback.
Lessons Not Learned
The S.&L. crisis could have helped us avoid the financial crisis.
Gift Horses Gone Wild
Who?s been following the trial of Bob McDonnell in Virginia and knows what FLOVA means?
Patient No. 9413
Bipolar illness and the mystery, shrouded in taboo, that preceded it.
Hawks Crying Wolf
What is it about crying ?Inflation!? that makes it so appealing that people keep doing it despite having been wrong again and again?
Constructing a Conversation on Race
A true racial dialogue is not one-directional ? from minorities to majorities ? but multidirectional.
Tell It to the Camera
Let?s hear it for the long-shot candidates this year. Like the high school math teacher running for the U.S. Senate in Montana.

Huffington Post

In Washington, Second Thoughts On Arming Police

Democrats Renew the Call for \'First Class Citizenship\' and Justice for All

Polls Scramble Perceptions In Two Key Senate Battleground Races

8 Convicted Terrorists Executed In China

Who Can\'t Handle the Truth?

Thousands March In New York City To Protest Death Of Eric Garner

Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell\'s Sad Letter To His Wife

Police Violence Has Been Going On Forever. No Wonder People Are Fed Up With It

Clinton Shadow In Iowa No Threat To Some Democrats


The Ethics of Buying Stocks

Obama Should Lead a New NATO

Who Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge?

The Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be Kids

The Two Very Different Worlds of Ferguson

What Happened at Slate This Week?

What Should You Do After Drinking Coffee?

The Rom-Com Reborn

Get Tech Out of Schools

The ?Why Isn?t Everyone Rioting?? Edition



Britain actively searching for James Foley?s killer

Death in the suburbs: Why Ferguson?s tragedy is America?s story

Ferguson is about net neutrality, too

White privilege: An insidious virus that?s eating America from within

5 TV plot lines that smartphones would completely ruin

The 1 percent?s devious new scheme: How CEOs are getting rich at your expense

Michael Brown, senseless death and the weight of history

Dwight Yoakam: I let the songs take me on a journey

?I don?t believe he is sincere?: Paul Ryan?s challenger has a message to send

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Ken Ham?s beliefs are even crazy for Christians

PHOTOS: Israeli Defense Forces Soldiers

Immigration Caused Brown To Surge In New Hampshire

My Name Is Don Lemon, And I Know Nothing About Firearms

Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

Shocker: Most Americans Not Cool With Illegal Immigrants In Local Schools

The New, Shameful, Liberal High School History Curriculum

Sen. Pryor\'s Gutsy Pro-Obamacare Ad

Pope Francis Offers Condolences to James Foley\'s Parents

White House Confirms James Foley Execution as First ISIS Attack on The United States

University Professor: ISIS and Israel Are One in the Same


Wall Street Journal Opinion

Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule the Tech Economy
Human talent and research and design labs are arriving to dominate the new era of devices.
Meet Mr. Frankenfood
Monsanto's COO Brett Begemann, the son of a farmer, explains why genetically modified food is safe?and essential to feed a hungry planet.
Al Gore vs. Al Jazeera vs. the Truth
How the ex-veep came by his cable TV windfall remains heavily redacted.
Putin Makes His Move
His forces intervene to grab another chunk of Ukraine.
Indonesia\'s Political Leap Forward
A peaceful transfer of power in the young Muslim-majority democracy.
Spontaneous Solar Combustion
Can we please see your Avian and Bat Monitoring Plan?
Lessons for Ferguson From Cincinnati\'s 2001 Riots
Before the Cincinnati riots, the police were insular and authoritarian. Today they are proactive, transparent.
Notable & Quotable
The answer to Washington gridlock is to shift more decisionmaking to the states.
The Men of Autumn
Football is now the national pastime?its fast, violent, telegenic nature captures the spirit of our times. It's easier to bet on, too.
Rush Chair Turns on Dartmouth Bros
I knew the brothers of Dartmouth's Sigma Alpha Epsilon as having a taste for pastel critter pants, not sadism.

Special Report with Bret Baier

Ebola Fears Continue
An Ebola quarantine center in Liberia was raided over the weekend when a group of armed men went on a looting spree. Officials say angry residents in the West Point slum broke into the clinic, stealing items including medical equipment, blood-stained sheets, and mattresses, all while claiming ?there?s no Ebola? in Liberia. As many as 20 Ebola patients also fled during the attack and there are now increasing fears of the spread of the deadly virus through one of the capitol?s largest slums. According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa so far-- making it the worst outbreak in history.  They also say the disease has been vastly underestimated and will require ?extraordinary measures? in order to be contained. Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public against products sold over the internet claiming to treat or cure the Ebola virus. The FDA has received numerous complaints from consumers regarding fraudulent drugs, dietary supplements, and other items geared towards the treatment of Ebola.    ?Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,? the agency said. There are some experimental treatments in development, but the FDA warns they are in the early stages and not yet available for purchase. Currently, there is no known cure or treatment for the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization also released a statement saying, ?Recent intense media coverage of experimental medicines and vaccines is creating some unrealistic expectations, especially in an emotional climate of intense fear.? Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans currently being treated in the U.S. with Ebola, were given experimental treatments and both show signs of a slow recovery. While this is a positive sign, officials stress that Ebola is not a significant threat to the U.S. and consumers should be wary of people trying to take advantage.

Special Report Guest: Karwan Zebari
Tonight on Special Report Bret Baier? sits down with Karwan Zebari, the acting director of Congressional and Academic Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to discuss the latest coming out of Iraq.    Zebari is the highest KRG official in Washington, DC and supervises all relations between the KRG and U.S. Congress. Zebari also develops academic initiatives and programs with universities and academic institutions nationwide on matters related to Kurdistan. He can provide insight on the situation on the ground--   If you have a question for Karwan Zebari please tweet us @BretBaier or post via Facebook at using #AskBret . Your question might just end up on our air!   

GOP wins come at a price
Tea Partiers and conservative DC-based super PACs have targeted seven GOP senators in Republican-leaning states they hoped to replace in this year's primaries. All of the Republicans in the cross hairs have won their primaries.  Tennesee Senator Lamar Alexander was the last, and Thursday's Tennessee primary marks the first time since 2008 that every GOP Senate incumbent has been re-nominated. But the win of the "establishment" comes at a financial expense - the Senators who have been challenged have spent millions of dollars in this year's primaries - money they'd prefer to have now to spend running against Democrats. We have the very latest for you tonight on Special Report with "Campaign Carl" Cameron.

Sexual Assault?Can surveys solve the campus issue?
By: Bridget Creel?Special Report Summer Associate Despite the fact that school does not start until next month, college campus issues, specifically concerned with sexual assault, have generated a response from members of the Senate. This morning, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would require all colleges to conduct anonymous sexual assault surveys. If the colleges failed to administer the surveys, the Department of Education would impose financial consequences. The outcome of the surveys would then be to publish the experiences of sexually assaulted students online. According to the Associated Press, ?This bill would require campuses to designate advocates who would confidentially discuss available options with victims and to develop an agreement with local law enforcement over how such cases are handled. It would also increase penalties for universities that did not comply.? An interesting section of the bill states that victims who come forward to discuss their experience with sexual assault will automatically be pardoned from violations such as underage drinking. A unique?yet effective way to get victims to come forward, but it could pose other complications. Back in January, President Obama created a task force to administer efforts to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. It addressed certain schools who did not deal rightfully with sexual abuse cases. The current bill faces several speed bumps before it can be passed and there is no guarantee, with limited work days left for Congress. There is strong support by several senators for the bill, which has strong intentions, however the outcome is unpredictable. 

Renewal of Highway Trust Fund in peril
Per Chad Pergram: House Republicans are doubling-down on the reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. The House GOP leadership is insistent it will not take the Senate-version of the bill?which only re-ups the plan through December, not May of next year. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was insistent that the House do that. And time is running short?which means the Highway Trust Fund may go belly-up in August?and it could cost the economy 800,000 construction jobs. The Speaker?s Office says it will in essence ignore the Senate-approved plan and re-pass its version of the bill tomorrow. From Mike Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): ?The Senate-passed highway bill contains a critical error, and is not fully offset through December 19. The only responsible course is for the Senate to pass the original House-passed highway bill, which we will soon send back to them.?  

Ebola?Should we be fearful?
By: Bridget Creel?Special Report Summer Associate Flying to and from West Africa introduces new concerns for travelers as the Ebola epidemic continues to fester throughout Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.   Although the CDC announced that there is little risk for Americans, people cancelled their travel plans when Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the virus after travelling from Liberia to Nigeria last week. Worry among the people intensifies in Minnesota, where Sawyer?s family lives.  The outbreak first emerged in March, with a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) announcing 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. According to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ebola virus disease (EVD) has killed 660 people. Even though the virus has not been spotted in the United States, the consequences of Ebola in Africa have quickly startled the attention of Americans. Ebola is first transmitted from infected animals to humans. Then, the virus is spread between humans through contact with blood or bodily fluids. The symptoms of the virus may include muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and internal/external bleeding. Interestingly enough, it can take up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to surface. With fatality rates up to 90%, there is timely pressure to find a cure for this illness. So, why is obtaining a resolution so difficult? First and foremost, Ebola is caused by a virus, not bacteria. This means that the Ebola virus found in the body consists of small molecules, which are difficult for doctors to target for treatment. Due to the high mortality rate, the tests conducted are limited and can only be carried out in a safe and secure environment. Currently, there have been no signs of controlling the disease because doctors are more focused on instantly treating patients, instead of long term prevention. Treatment for patients who have contracted Ebola typically consists of general remedies, meaning hydration and maintenance of proper blood and oxygen levels. In order to keep Ebola from further dispersing, it is required that patients be isolated from others. Still, that does not stop concerned families from taking care of their sick relatives, or burying contaminated bodies, which enhances disease spread and mortality rate. Proper precautions must be taken in West Africa to guarantee that the disease can be confined, treated and not transmitted to any other countries. Health workers who are treating the disease are extensively trained and taking cautious measures such as wearing several layers of protective clothing and masks. However, that has not stopped two American health workers from catching the virus, and several doctors from dying.


National Review 

Video: Ferguson From the Police\'s Point of View

2016 Watch: Rand Paul Is on Vacation in Guatemala, Performing Free Eye Surgeries

ISIS Attempted to Ransom Foley Before Killing Him

Obama Sends Fundraising Email for Contest to Meet Him in NYC on Labor Day

Rick Perry to Surrender Today to Complete Booking Process

3 Relatives of Pope Francis Killed in Car Accident Including 8-Month-Old and 2-Year-Old Grand Nephews

No Arrest Warrant Issued for Governor Perry

Video: Retired General Honore on The National Guard\'s Mission in Ferguson

Report: Autopsy Finds Marijuana in Michael Brown\'s System

Ban Ki-moon Issues Statement on Michael Brown Shooting

Christian Science Monitor

Pentagon struggles to defend \'militarization\' of police forces

Israeli missiles collapse Gaza apartment building, wounding at least 22

China says its pilot maintained safe distance from US aircraft

How much would an individual tax rate cut add to the deficit?

Ferguson\'s tenuous peace: How it could hold.

Trucks return to Russia, but questions about artillery remain

National Zoo celebrates Bao Bao\'s first birthday

Vin Diesel redirects ice bucket challenge: \'Plant a tree for Groot\'

Why is Rick Perry touting his own indictment mug shot?

Yes or no? Race is on for Scotland\'s undecided voters.

The Blaze

Libyan Islamist Fighters Say They Have Overrun Tripoli International Airport: Reports

Will This U.S. City Be the Site of the Next Big Terror Attack?

Israeli Airstrike Demolishes 12-Story Apartment Tower

When a Biker With a GoPro Encounters This Young Animal You Can?t Blame Him for Swearing

Gay People Are Becoming Widely Accepted in American Society. That?s Turning Out to Be a Problem for a Certain Type of Establishment.

Liberals? Darling $2.2 Billion Solar Plant Suddenly Needs More of the One Thing You Would Never Expect

No-Fly Zone Established in Iceland as Subglacial Volcano Erupts

With One Glance, You?ll Understand Why This Six-Second Video Took a Year to Make

This Internet Craze Has Gotten So Bad, New Jersey Issued a Statewide Warning

75 Years Ago, an Evil Alliance Was Formed. Why Do We Struggle to Remember It?

Washington Times

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The Nation

For the Sake of Michael Brown

How the Gates Foundation?s Investments Are Undermining Its Own Good Works

Anatomy of Ferguson?s Police Riot

How the War on Terror Created the World?s Most Powerful Terror Group

Why All Communities of Color Must Demand an End to Police Brutality

A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson

The American Cult of Bombing

Is it Possible to Move Beyond the Century of Disaster?

How to End Militarized Policing

A Response to ?Is New York City Partnering With ICE to Rip Apart Immigrant Communities??

39,000 Hawai?i MoveOn Members Help Keep Social Security Expansion Champion Brian Schatz in the Senate

8 things to know about the Iraq crisis

MoveOn Reacts to Hillary Clinton\'s Comments

We\'re going into overtime in Hawai\'i

MoveOn Statement on Iraq Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid

Obama breaks his silence on saving the Internet

MoveOn raises $100,000 to support refugee children

MoveOn Members Mobilize to Stop the #GOPlawsuit

Netroots to Obama: Don\'t Kill the Internet

Activists greet President Obama in Silicon Valley urging action to save the Internet

Media Matters

MSNBC\'s Al Sharpton Calls Out Right-Wing Media\'s "Summer Tradition" Of Attacking Obama\'s Vacations

Fox\'s Tantaros: Eric Holder Runs The Justice Department "Like The Black Panthers Would"

Dinesh D\'Souza Compares Ferguson Protesters To Islamic State

12-Year Report On NYC\'s Unconstitutional Stop-And-Frisk Policy Debunks Right-Wing Media Claims

National Review \'s Lowry: Some Pro-Immigration Reform Republicans Should Be "Shot" And "Hanged"

Fox\'s Payne Falsely Claims That Obama "Apologized For Attacking ISIS"

Daily Kos

Western USA drought: 63 trillion gallons of groundwater lost, and the surface of the Earth is rising

When walking while black gets you pepper sprayed and handcuffed in Seattle

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: The exact opposite of a post-racial society

This week in the war on voting: Felony disenfranchisement in MO, redistricting for 2016 upheld in FL

This week at progressive state blogs: Detroit teachers fight new cuts, lost jobs on Kasich\'s watch

Obama urges Congress to reauthorize Export-Import Bank in weekly address

This week in science: fire and ice-land

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Will it be war?

Open thread for night owls: Friday Night Follies

Economics Daily Digest: Sunshine the cure for tax avoidance?

White House

Weekly Address: The Export-Import Bank


Readout of the President?s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Russian Convoy in Ukraine

Readout of the Vice President?s Call with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of The Baltic Way

Statement by the Vice President on the Passing of Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Statement by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco on Attempted Rescue Operation

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Statement by the President


Mother Jones

The Last Picture Show

Iowa GOP Official Warns That Child Migrants Might Be Highly Trained "Warriors"

Friday Cat Blogging - 22 August 2014

Conservatives Want to Wipe Out Coal Rules?Over a Typo

Did Obamacare Wreck a Baseball Game?

We\'re Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 22, 2014

Chart of the Day: Welfare Reform and the Great Recession

These Climate Scientists Are Telling You What They Really Think

Obamacare May Not Be Popular, But Its Provisions Sure Are

Drought Weighing You Down? Nope, It\'s Lifting You Up


Weekly Standard

Jindal: Obama \'Disturbingly Naļve and Holds a Dangerous Utopian View of the World\'
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is publicly criticizing President Obama's response to the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the terror group ISIS.Jindal explains "the crux of the matter." The U.S. has "a president who is disturbingly naļve and holds a dangerous utopian view of the world and the dangers therein."
Big Pay Off for Big Bank
Congratulations to you, Tom Montag, named sole chief operating officer of Bank of America this past Wednesday. And first thing Thursday morning asked to sign a check to the government for $16,650,000,000 to settle complaints that the bank sold flawed mortgage securities in the days preceding the financial crisis. But don?t feel too badly. Only $9.65bn will go to various regulatory agencies. Some, $7bn will go toward writing down the balances of homeowners struggling to meet mortgage payments, and to demolish foreclosed homes in blighted neighborhoods.
Cashing In
The great Washington insider scam rolls on.  As Peter Schroeder of The Hill reports:
Suspended With Pay: It?s the VA Way
Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic writes that:
Once Again, the EPA Is Late On Fuel Standards
The dictionary defines a deadline as ?the latest time or date by which something should be completed.? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency obviously defines it another way, at least when it comes to renewable fuels.

CATO Institute

Keeping Score on the Libya Intervention: Good Idea or Tragic Mistake?

Hillary Clinton, ISIL, and the Interventionist Bias

America\'s Libertarian Moment?

Should the U.S. Lead on Climate Change Policies?

Rising Anti-semitism (Not Just vs. Israel) Renews My Boyhood

Tax Credits Won\'t Lift Economic Growth

Less Welfare, More Charity

Light Rail a Bad Choice for Florida County

Just Wait Until Ferguson Police Get Federally Funded Drones

When Regulators Break Their Own Rules



Harry Reid Apologizes for Stereotyping Asians
Senator Harry Reid has issued an apology after making two jokes stereotyping Asians during an event in Las Vegas.
Primary Elections in Florida and Arizona
Texas Governor Rick Perry heads to South Carolina,  another slate of key state primaries,  GOP contenders gather in Dallas and Ghostbusters turns 30!
Perry Preparing for 2016 Run Despite Legal Troubles
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday said he has ?spent a lot of time in preparation? for a potential 2016 presidential run, despite the legal troubles he now faces in his home state.
Harnessing the Vote: Will Latinos Turn Out?
Groups are revving up efforts to turn out Latinos for the mid-term elections hoping they can make a difference in a few races.
Ben Rhodes: James Foley Beheading Represents \'Terrorist Attack\'
During the White House press briefing, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says that the administrations sees ISIS? brutal killing of America Journalist James Foley as an attack on the United States.
Watch Live: White House Press Briefing
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz holds a press briefing from Martha's Vineyard.
Watch Live: White House Press Briefing - 1:30 PM ET
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz holds a press briefing from Martha's Vineyard.
Guess Which Leader Talked to Putin the Most This Year?
Figures posted online by the Kremlin website and analyzed by NBC News show Obama spoke to Putin just five times since Moscow?s annexation of Crimea.
U.S. \'Ready\' to Take on ISIS

US \'Ready\' to Take on ISIS


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