September 16, 2014
Updated 3:25 PM

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I have a confession to make - I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum

itv.com — I have a confession this morning, which is that I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum. I should be. All journalists live for the chance to report on great events and they don't come more momentous than the potential break-up of the UK.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @indiaknight: Levels of abuse and intimidation "certainly highly unusual in the democratic world," says ITN's @tombradby. itv.com/news/2014-09-1…

Sep 16, 2014

Pretty shaming for Scots Nats: ITV's Tom Bradby: I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum itv.com/news/2014-09-1…

Sep 16, 2014

Levels of abuse and intimidation "certainly highly unusual in the democratic world," says ITN's @tombradby. itv.com/news/2014-09-1…

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How to make Isis fall on its own sword

theguardian.com — The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.
Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning: #ISIS "know how we tick in America—what pushes us toward intervention and overreach" theguardian.com/commentisfree/… CC @ggreenwald

Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning says don't fight ISIS. Then says best way to go about that is by fighting ISIS. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea Manning is more or less saying that ISIS is fueled by imperialism. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

"When the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing $ even more fighting." theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Sep 16, 2014

"When the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing $ even more fighting." theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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For James Foley’s Family, U.S. Policy Offered No Hope

nytimes.com — The email appeared in Michael Foley's inbox a year after his brother James disappeared on a reporting trip in northern Syria. It made clear that the people holding him wanted one thing above all else: money. Cautiously hopeful, Michael Foley and his parents, John and Diane, turned over the email to the agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to their case.
Sep 16, 2014

Fantastic piece on how the FBI kept James Foley's family in the dark (and powerless) during his captivity. nyti.ms/1uBWagb

Sep 16, 2014

Incredibly frustrating to read, can't imagine what it was to experience. nytimes.com/2014/09/16/us/…

Sep 16, 2014

James Foley's family is making Obama & our gov't look pretty bad. nytimes.com/2014/09/16/us/…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @lpolgreen: "Shameful that our allies in Europe don't stand fast with us and Britain.” Heated debate in comments on Foley story. nytimes.com/2014/09/16/us/…

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Why Do People Hit Their Kids?

theconcourse.deadspin.com — There's an old episode of What's Happening!! where Roger fucks up, and his mom decides to beat his ass (this is actually the plot of every episode of What's Happening!!). So his mom asks Rerun for his belt, only Rerun is 300-plus pounds, so when he takes out his belt, it's like eight feet long.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @fierman: "Corporal punishment is … a failure. It's a complete breakdown of communication between parent and child." theconcourse.deadspin.com/why-do-people-…

Sep 16, 2014

"Corporal punishment is … a failure. It's a complete breakdown of communication between parent and child." theconcourse.deadspin.com/why-do-people-…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @mikefreemanNFL: For all of you advocating the beating of your kids, your chance, once again, to get educated: theconcourse.deadspin.com/why-do-people-…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @mikefreemanNFL: For all of you advocating the beating of your kids, your chance, once again, to get educated: theconcourse.deadspin.com/why-do-people-…

Sep 16, 2014

This @drewmagary post is excellent for all parents, even those already anti-spanking. | Why Do People Hit Their Kids? theconcourse.deadspin.com/why-do-people-…

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Race The Tube - Sprint

youtube.com — Race the Circle Line from Mansion House to Cannon Street #racethetube
Sep 16, 2014

RT @SamBorden: I LOVE this: a man raced a London Tube train between stops ... and won. Great soundtrack too. youtube.com/watch?v=PH_Z8G…

Sep 16, 2014

Race The Tube - running between Mansion House and Cannon Street: youtu.be/PH_Z8Ghuq6E

Sep 16, 2014

RT @SamBorden: I LOVE this: a man raced a London Tube train between stops ... and won. Great soundtrack too. youtube.com/watch?v=PH_Z8G…

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U.S. General Backs Limited Ground Operations Against ISIS if Needed

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, raising the possibility of the kind of escalation that President Obama has flatly ruled out.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @joshuafoust: NYTimes: U.S. General to Seek Combat Troops if Airstrikes Can’t Stop ISIS nyti.ms/1qUG5kk // not really an if but YOLO

Sep 16, 2014

RT @trevortimm: Took less than a week to go from "absolutely no ground troops, period" to "well, actually…" nytimes.com/2014/09/17/wor…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @robertwrighter: Well that didn't take long! 'U.S. General to Seek Combat Troops if Airstrikes Can’t Stop ISIS' nyti.ms/1r4n4wh

Sep 16, 2014

Ground troops. Bam. RT @dandrezner: This other shoe took less time to drop than I expected. nytimes.com/2014/09/17/wor…

Sep 16, 2014

RT @mikiebarb: Whoops! General Dempsey doesn't seem to be on same page as President Obama on that no-ground-troops pledge: nytimes.com/2014/09/17/wor…

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Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

washingtonpost.com — Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, the Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats' chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent -- a huge change from even a few months ago when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @ericrich: Wow. Post election lab: Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate wapo.st/YP8i1K via @washingtonpost

Sep 16, 2014

Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate zite.to/1oWxAkm

Sep 16, 2014

RT @ericrich: Wow. Post election lab: Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate wapo.st/YP8i1K via @washingtonpost

Sep 16, 2014

.@thefix of Wxpost says Democrats now have 51% chance of holding US Senate control in Nov4 election. #lvrj washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

Sep 16, 2014

Biggest change in our Senate model from 3 weeks ago: D chances up 30% in CO. ow.ly/BznVu

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twitter.com — Wow. #Hurricane Edouard churns in the #Atlantic pic.twitter.com/brN87fl9jt
Sep 16, 2014

Category 3 hurricane! It'll weaken & head for Azores. “@astro_reid: Wow. #Hurricane Edouard churns in the #Atlantic pic.twitter.com/BIeutfxSRs

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What Is Alibaba: One Man’s Path to Custom-Made, Bright-Colored Pants

businessweek.com — Let me be honest: Until this summer, I didn't really know what Alibaba was. It was easy enough to learn things about it: The collection of China's biggest e-commerce sites accounts for 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, with its sites bringing in $248 billion in revenue last year, more than and combined.
Sep 16, 2014

Another of my series of “I did X” headlines: I Used Alibaba to Make 280 Pairs of Brightly Colored Pants.” buswk.co/1t81pUk

Sep 16, 2014

@samgrobart tests alibaba and naturally makes 280 pairs of brightly colored pants. move over bonobos. businessweek.com/articles/2014-…

Sep 16, 2014

One of the best illustrations of how Alibaba works comes from none other than pants aficionado @samgrobart businessweek.com/articles/2014-…

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instagram.com — giancarlo818's photo on Instagram
Sep 16, 2014

RT @Giancarlo818: The Aftermath...Making huge progress!! Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery… instagram.com/p/tA6J_NQ6lg/

Sep 16, 2014

RT @Giancarlo818: The Aftermath...Making huge progress!! Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery… instagram.com/p/tA6J_NQ6lg/

Sep 16, 2014

Wow. Check out @Gian carlo818 before and after #Marlins giancarlo818's photo i.instagram.com/p/tA6J_NQ6lg/

Sep 16, 2014

RT @Giancarlo818: The Aftermath...Making huge progress!! Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery… instagram.com/p/tA6J_NQ6lg/

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Kanye West Album Tracks, Ranked

rankings.gawker.com — A decade ago, Kanye West, this era's most compelling pop musician, released his first album. The conflicted artist presented on The College Dropout--an avowed-Christian backpacker rapping about money, hoes, and rims again--has only grown more complicated in the years since then, and the result is a contradictory, often frustrating body of work.
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