11. NY Times Under Fire for Calling Michael Brown ‘No Angel’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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A New York Times piece on Michael Brown’s final weeks before he was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is getting flack on Twitter for its characterization of Brown as “no angel” due to his recent “dabbling” in rap lyrics and at least one “scuffle”:

Critics were quick to point out that past drug use and lyrics about the same were hardly enough to indict white figures, though we all hold our breath for David Allen Coe‘s obit:

Did @nytimes conclude grown adults Robin Williams or Philip Seymour Hoffman “no angel” bc they ‘dabbled in drugs’? http://ift.tt/1tBngTe

— Boy Toy Troy (@pterosaur) August 25, 2014

Look forward to see how the @nytimes writes up Gregg Allman’s obituary #NoAngel

— Jason Kaplan (@Siriusjay) August 25, 2014

Hi, @NYTimes. You’d never say this about a white kid who liked country music, and that’s racist. http://ift.tt/1qhhdCW

— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) August 25, 2014

.@nytimes reports that Mike Brown was “no angel” http://t.co/RsiwE66zyp #VictimBlaming101

— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) August 25, 2014

The ironic hashtag #NoAngel has sprung up on Twitter:

I’ve dabbled in drugs. I’ve gotten into fights. I’ve written things both vulgar & contemplative. #NoAngel

— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 25, 2014

I fully expect the NYT to note that every dead person they ever write about from now on “was no angel.” #noangel http://t.co/lDwBZMc8cJ

— Greg Pak (@gregpak) August 25, 2014

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Jake Tapper is genuinely confused by what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri. All I can really say is this. No one is allowed to be shocked by this. Black people have been met with violence by those who are meant to serve and protect us since the days of slavery. 

You are not allowed to act surprised by this. To do so is to ignore American history.

Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri State Patrol will hold a press conference on Saturday, August 16 beginning at approximately 4 p.m. ET to discuss the ongoing unrest in the city of Ferguson following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown by a police officer one week ago.

11. Fox Analyst Blames Obama for ISIS Beheading: He ‘Stuck His Head in the Sand’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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As Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson waiting for a Pentagon briefing on the killing of American journalist Steve Sotloff by ISIS to begin, she spent some time talking to KT McFarland, as Fox News analyst and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan. In McFarland’s view this “sad day” for America is not something that “had to happen.”

“The president has stuck his head in the sand,” McFarland said of President Barack Obama, adding that he knew the ISIS threat was “mounting” but did not take the appropriate steps to combat it. “The president stuck his head in the sand,” she repeated, “and now we’ve seen that two Americans have lost their heads.”

Beyond the remaining journalists who are missing overseas, McFarland asked, “Who is protecting the homeland?” She said she would like to hear Obama say, “‘We’re going to secure the border, we’re going to get rid of political correctness and figure out who is here,’” and address the American citizens who are going abroad to train with ISIS and could come back to attack the U.S.

“To me it’s a dereliction of duty,” she said of Obama’s actions surrounding ISIS. “What was this president doing? Well, he was playing a lot of golf this summer, but he clearly was not attending to the defense of the United States.”

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Major Differences between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton


• Elizabeth Warren wants stronger rules and tougher enforcement for Wall Street, while Wall Street banks have been paying Hillary Clinton millions of dollars with the hopes of encouraging no future regulation, or potential deregulation.

• Elizabeth Warren would like to stop the US government from both spying on its citizens and attacking countries that haven’t attacked us, while Hillary Clinton believes that President Obama hasn’t been aggresive enough when it comes to NSA surveillance and unilateral force overseas.

Even if Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee in 2016, a debate would be healthier for everyone.

Sarah Palin and the Strange Case of the Missing IRS Emails

Sarah Palin and the Strange Case of the Missing IRS Emails

In spite of the obviously suspicious disappearance of key documentation, it isn’t hard to find partisan defenders. A brief internet search will find thousands of examples. A few examples typify the reflexive defensiveness:

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  • She “wasn’t under investigation for targeting her political opponents and using the powers of government at the time…”In fairness, it is true t…

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11. CNN Wastes No Time Speculating about Killer in New ISIS Video - http://www.mediaite.com
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Let it never be said CNN is behind the facts.

In fact they’re often ahead of them, as was Wolf Blitzer Tuesday afternoon when he quickly tried to ascertain from his correspondent if the killer in the videotaped execution of freelance American journalist Steven Sotloff was the same as the one in the videotaped execution of James Foley — a tough task, as Foley’s killer has yet to be identified.

That didn’t stop Blitzer. “Can we make an initial determination?” he asked, about a video so new that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was finding out about it at roughly that moment.

CNN foreign correspondent Karl Penhaus’ answer was a long version of “no,” but he tried to give Blitzer a hit or two of that good old CNN-brand speculation, nothing that the men in the two videos were dressed similarly, appeared to be left handed, seemed to be of roughly the same build, and had, from “first blush,” similar London accents.

Could they be the same person? It’s possible! Even facial reconstruction software hasn’t helped authorities identify Foley’s killer, so it’s hard to pinpoint what being “the same” as an unidentified person might mean in this case. Penhaus also acknowledged that the man’s language (“Obama, I’m back”) appeared to have been chosen to give the videos continuity, which he said was “an indication that he certainly wants us to think he’s the very same man that appeared on that brutal James Foley execution video.” So he’s either the same guy or someone ISIS wants us to think is the same guy, maybe. Or something else.

If CNN were looking for alternative programming, they could have switched over to the White House press briefing, and a few minutes later the State Department briefing. As for the future, when discussing just-released videos that haven’t even been confirmed yet, the correct answer to “Can we make an initial determination?” ought to be “Not yet, Wolf.”

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On Wednesday afternoon, Republicans in the Senate effectively blocked a bill that would have overridden the Supreme Court decision that said closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby did not have to cover certain contraception methods for their employees. But not before Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made her opposition to the decision loudly known.

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11. Apple Puts Out Statement on Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking - http://www.mediaite.com
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While it hadn’t been 100 percent confirmed, it was believed yesterday that the celebrity nude photo hacking this past weekend was the result of an Apple iCloud breach. And today, Apple issued a statement on the hacking and iCloud security.

The statement says the photos were obtained through a “very targeted attack” on certain celebrity’s iCloud accounts and in none of the cases was there “any breach in any of Apple’s systems.”

Here’s the statement in full:

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. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://ift.tt/1plXoL1.

Kirsten Dunst, one of the targeted celebrities, had sent out this tweet yesterday:

Thank you iCloud

— Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014

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11. CNN Guest: Dems ‘Twisting Themselves Up in Knots’ Over Whether to Be Seen with Obama - http://www.mediaite.com
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John King’s Inside Politics panel wondered if Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was being “too cute” in trying to avoid President Barack Obama during his Wisconsin visit, but then tweeting that she met with him privately.

“Some of these Democrats are twisting themselves all up in knots trying to figure out what the right thing to do is,” said Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace. “Do you appear with him? Do you not? She tried to split the difference. She didn’t appear in front of cameras but did have a private meeting with him. …Just have the moment and move on. Don’t create a lot of drama around it.”

“If you look at the polling,” New York Times’ Jonathan Martin said, “what is so key about Mary Burke in Wisconsin is she turns out Democratic voters in that state, who typically only show up in presidential years. In that sense, she needs President Obama. A picture of her with President Obama in Milwaukee is going to do her a lot of good politically.”

“That’s one of the biggest things to watch from here on out in the final two months,” King said. “Where does the president go, who hugs him and who doesn’t…and do some Democrats late in the campaign take the risk and say, ‘You know what, I need to turn out African Americans’?”

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11. Dem Candidate: GOP’s Actions in Congress ‘Worse Than ISIL’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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The terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL has horrified the world for the past few weeks with sickening displays of brutality. And so it comes across as odd, to say the least, that one Democratic candidate tweeted last night that the “actions of Republicans in Congress are worse than ISIL.”

Yes, this is the tweet sent out by Jesse Smith (a Democrat running to represent Alabama’s 3rd congressional district) last night:

The greatest country on earth is being bullied from within. Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than #ISIL. http://ift.tt/1qYaFWa

— JT Smith (@jt4congress2014) September 2, 2014

Smith took to Facebook this morning to make it incredibly clear he’s not suggesting that Republicans are worse than a terrorist group that beheads Americans (the most recent and horrifying example of such coming today). Here’s what he had to say, though:

I am not saying that the republican party is beheading people in the streets, obviously. Here in America, because we are a civilized democracy, we do not use violence against each other as a means of control. The republicans have used the economy as a means to terrorize the people of this country. Raising interest on student loan rates, trying to privatize social security, passing tax cuts that only help the super wealthy, cutting the food stamp budget for the neediest of people. These are all examples of how the republican party is terrorizing the middle and lower classes of America.

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11. Fox Reporter to State Dept. Spox: Why Won’t Obama Recognize We’re at War with ISIS? - http://www.mediaite.com
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Following the release of a video purportedly showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen asked State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether Obama administration would recognize the U.S. was at war with ISIS, given they are clearly at war with us.

“A lot of Americans are sitting at home and they see Americans who are not even combatants, but who are journalists, being beheaded by the group overseas, and from a common sense point of view the average American will say to himself, ‘This group is at war with us, why does our President or our Secretary of State not recognize that and say, indeed, we are at war with this group and we will destroy them?’”

RELATED: Josh Earnest Learns of Sotloff Beheading During Press Briefing

“Our actions speak for our commitment to this,” Psaki said. “The president has authorized more than 100 strikes in Iraq… The United States has done more than any other country in the world, whether it’s humanitarian assistance or military efforts, to take on the threat in Iraq. So I think any American sitting at home should sit and look at actions we are taking. I don’t think it is a useful exercise to go back and forthwith new terms. What’s important is what we are doing about it.”

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11. National Review: ‘Justifiable Doubts’ GOP Win in ’14 ‘Would Be Good for the Country’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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The conservative National Review editorialized Tuesday that Republican congressional candidates are being too “vague” in what their policy proposals for the country would be, should they make gains in the upcoming midterm elections.

Some reports suggest that the GOP may be heading into the midterm elections on a “wave” that will sweep Republicans into office, due to apathy among Democrats and a motivated conservative base.

“It must be said that the party has executed this passive count-on-a-wave strategy fairly well, selecting presentable and sometimes admirable candidates,” the editorial said. “The strategy could even work. But it will not maximize the Republican opportunity, because it does nothing to dispel the public’s justifiable doubts about whether Republican rule would be good for the country.”

More from National Review:

Too many Republicans are running on the promise that they will “check” the president in some unspecified way. They are running as people who dislike Obamacare but have no plans to replace or alter it. But there are persuadable voters who worry that they will lose their health coverage if Republicans get their way, and ones who worry that Republicans will settle for Obamacare Lite. By keeping their plans on health care (and everything else) vague, Republicans are asking these voters to trust them. Yet the polls consistently show that the party does not have a lot of trust on which to rely.

The editorial goes on to suggest Republicans propose a replacement to the current health care law and a simpler tax code.

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11. Josh Earnest Learns of Sotloff Beheading During Press Briefing - http://www.mediaite.com
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News that ISIS has beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, broke during today’s White House Press Briefing. So instead of finding out what had happened before he took the podium, Press Secretary Josh Earnest had to hear it from one of the reporters asking him questions.

Asked for “initial reactions” from the White House, Earnest said, “I’ve not seen those reports today, that may have just happened in the last few minutes as I’ve been standing up here.”

“This is something that the administration has been watching very carefully since this threat against his life was made a few weeks ago,” Earnest continued. “Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States has dedicated significant time and resources to trying to rescue Mr. Sotloff.”

“I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video or the reports since I just walked out here,” he added. “If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.”

Like Zeke Miller, who asked Earnest about the video, Sotloff worked for Time magazine.

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