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  • Jerry Seib: Obama’s Response to Slain Journalist

    Jerry Seib: Obama’s Response to Slain Journalist

    President Obama delivered a somber address Wednesday in response to the gruesome killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jerry Seib explains Obama’s challenges going forward in targeting and eliminating the group’s threat. Photo: Associated Press Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Brazil’s Silva Launches Bid, Threatens Rousseff Re-election

    Brazil’s Silva Launches Bid, Threatens Rousseff Re-election

    Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil’s October elections and threatening the ruling Workers’ Party’s 12-year hold on power. Silva, until now a vice-presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, accepted its nomination to top the ticket after candidate Eduardo Campos, a former governor and rising political star, was killed in a plane crash last week. Source: wochit politics

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  • Beheading Spurs New Attacks On Islamic Militants

    Beheading Spurs New Attacks On Islamic Militants

    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage.

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  • Poll: North Carolina Dems Barely Hanging On

    Poll: North Carolina Dems Barely Hanging On

    You’d think the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate would be a shoo-in, given an electorate where registered Democrats dominate by 750,000. No, not in deep blue Massachusetts — which boasts a million more registered Democrats than Republicans. Rather, the electorate is in North Carolina, where there are more than 2,750,000 registered Democrats, 2,000,000 Republicans, and about 1,750,000 Independents. Source: wochit politics

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  • Ice Bucket Challenge Reaches Bush, Clinton

    Ice Bucket Challenge Reaches Bush, Clinton

    The Ice Bucket Challenge is making its way to the elite club of former U.S. presidents. George W. Bush said in his video he was accepting the challenge from “several Americans,” including daughter Jenna Bush Hagar, but he wants to focus on donating to ALS, not dousing himself with water. Bush went on to challenge former president Bill Clinton to do the same.

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  • AP Analysis: Steep Obstacles To Any Gaza Deal

    AP Analysis: Steep Obstacles To Any Gaza Deal

    Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the fighting in Gaza. With negotiations going nowhere, Gaza militants resumed rocket fire Tuesday, about eight hours before the end of a six-day truce. Since then, Hamas and other groups have fired dozens of rockets, some deep into Israel, while Israel launched scores of airstrikes at Gaza, killing at least 16 Palestinians. Source: wochit politics

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  • Erdogan Allies Likely To Dominate Turkey’s New Cabinet

    Erdogan Allies Likely To Dominate Turkey’s New Cabinet

    Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan looks set to maintain his influence on daily politics after being sworn in next week, with close allies likely to take on cabinet posts in a new government and his economic team expected to remain largely intact. Outgoing president Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was likely to take over as chairman of the party and become the next prime minister, rekindling speculation about the shape of the new cabinet. Source: wochit

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  • Russia Tests Surface-to-air Missiles In Military Exercises: RIA

    Russia Tests Surface-to-air Missiles In Military Exercises: RIA

    Russia on Tuesday tested surface-to-air missiles during army exercises in the southern Russian province of Astrakhan, a defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying, in a move to show its military might as fighting rages in neighboring Ukraine. “Three armed regiments carried out test fires of S-400 ‘Triumph’ and S-300 ‘Favorit’ surface-to-air missiles,” defense ministry spokesman Igor Klimov told the RIA state news agency. Source: wochit politics

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  • Scottish Independence: How Would ‘Yes’ Vote Affect Northern Ireland?

    Scottish Independence: How Would ‘Yes’ Vote Affect Northern Ireland?

    Scotland and Northern Ireland have a long history of cultural ties and economic links. But if Scotland votes “Yes” to independence in September, how would people in Northern Ireland feel and how might it affect politics? In a place where politics is dominated by beliefs in unionism and nationalism, and those beliefs are broadly subscribed to along Protestant and Catholic lines respectively, it would be easy to think that Catholics would support a “Yes” vote and Protestants would push for

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  • Jerry Seib: Obama’s Next Move on Immigration

    Jerry Seib: Obama’s Next Move on Immigration

    President Obama may soon make an executive move on the immigration crisis, bypassing congress to help some of the children at the border and other illegal immigrants avoid deportation. WSJ’s Jerry Seib explains. Photo: Associated Press Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • 2014 Race to Watch: Can Grimes Unseat McConnell in Kentucky?

    2014 Race to Watch: Can Grimes Unseat McConnell in Kentucky?

    Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes face off in Kentucky in one of the most hotly contested races of the 2014 midterm elections. Can McConnell help Republicans win control of the Senate and become the next majority leader? Or does Grimes have what it takes to bring down a five-term incumbent? WSJ’s Sara Murray reports. Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • How Rick Perry’s Indictment Could Help His Image

    How Rick Perry’s Indictment Could Help His Image

    Rick Perry has gained support due to his indictment on federal charges, which could – in turn – help him politically. Source: Newsy

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