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New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.
(CNN) – Democrats are hyperventilating over audio obtained by The Nation, of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the GOP will be attaching "riders" on the spending bill, to force the President's hand on everything from Obamacare to funding for the EPA. He made the comments two months ago to a group of donors, including the Koch brothers.
(CNN) – Their brother was beheaded by terrorists. Now, the siblings of American journalist James Foley say more could have been done to save him from ISIS, and they hope more will be done to save another American hostage, Steven Sotloff.
"Even take the money aside, there's more that could have been done directly on Jim's behalf, and I really hope in respect to Steven, they do something quickly," Michael Foley told Yahoo! News.
(CNN) – Before American journalist James Foley was executed by the terrorists known as ISIS, the militants had tried to squeeze a ransom out of the United States, asking for more than $130 million in exchange for his life, according to Foley's former employer, the GlobalPost.
The U.S. has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
The White House said there was a rescue attempt to save Foley and other ISIS hostages, a special operation that was launched early this summer that ultimately failed.
(CNN) – The militant fighter seen in a horrific video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley is likely from Britain.
"We have not identified the individual responsible on the video, but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is British citizen. This is deeply shocking," Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.