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New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.
(CNN) – The circumstances surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer, sparked a national conversation about issues of police brutality and excessive force.
(CNN) – American journalist Steven Sotloff has been held hostage by terrorists for more than a year. His mother begged ISIS, the militant group that has her son, for mercy.
Her son has no control over what the United States government does, and he should not be held responsible for its actions, Shirley Sotloff said.
"He's an innocent journalist," she says.
Steven Sotloff appears at the end of the gruesome video ISIS released of the beheading of American journalist James Foley last week.
"The only way you can save an American hostage now is to, you know, to pay a very large ransom," said Reuters reporter David Rohde, who was previously kidnapped by the Taliban and held prisoner for seven months.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the White House insists.
The Pentagon press secretary, echoing statements from the secretary of defense and the nation's top military officer, said the U.S. must take a "regional approach" to ISIS.
(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) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, has been an outspoken critic on tax loopholes, like tax inversion, a loophole that Burger King may benefit from if it merges with Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and moves its base to Canada.
The deal would mean a lower rate for the American fast food chain.
"Not only is this tax inversion an outrage, we are losing now about $100 billion in federal revenue every year," Sanders said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."