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August 21, 2014

The real battle over the militarization of the police force will take place on Capitol Hill. Tim Mak reports that national police organizations are ramping up their lobbying, even making the case to keep mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles.


The British-accented jihadist who beheaded James Foley on video can’t hide forever. U.S. and U.K. police and intelligence are poring over evidence to unmask the murderer. The methods include image analysis, voice-recognition software, social media posts, and ex-captives’ testimony. Judging by the his accent, the man appears to be in his 20s and was raised or educated in Britain, speaking “multicultural London English.” Like any Millennial, he probably overshares on Facebook. "Just because they are Islamic extremists and behead people doesn’t meant they don’t talk about football clubs," Peter Neumann, an expert on radicalization said, adding, “they let their guard down.”


Just before American journalist Steven Sotloff was abducted in Syria, his fixer’s identity may have been compromised. Ben Taub recounts his last few hours with Sotloff, whom ISIS has threatened to kill if the United States continues military operations in Iraq.


Nancy Writebole and Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Africa, have been released from Emory University Hospital. Writebol was released Tuesday and Brantly went free Thursday. At a press conference on Thursday, the lead doctor with Emory declared: “Dr. Brantley has recovered from the Ebola virus infection … without public health concerns.” Brantley, a missionary, then took the stage, declaring, “Today is a miraculous day. I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family.” He continued, “As a medical missionary I never imagined myself in this position. I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness ... Please do not stop praying for the people of Africa.” Brantley then shared Writebole's sole statement, “To God be the glory.”

Ferguson Agonistes

Why do blacks vent when a white cop shoots a kid but say little about daily black-on-black murder? Black outrage is selective—but rational, writes John McWhorter.

Town Dumps MRAP Mocked by John Oliver
Military vehicle used by cops.
ISIS Wanted $100M for Foley
And the other captive.
Plankton Found on Space Station
Made it there from atmosphere.

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