The Note
Aug 20, 2014 8:52am

Grappling With A Gruesome Video

By ARLETTE SAENZ (@arlettesaenz)  NOTABLES A HORRIFYING VIDEO: The U.S. intelligence community is working to authenticate a chilling video appearing to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley by a militant identifying himself as part of the Islamic State.  ABC’s JONATHAN KARL reports a… Read More »

The Note
Aug 20, 2014 8:41am

White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist

ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Polls
Aug 20, 2014 7:00am

Support for U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Jumps

After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them. Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since… Read More »

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 6:33pm

Perry Poses For Mugshot, Treats Himself To Ice Cream Cone

Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to authorities in Austin Tuesday evening, posing for a mug shot just days after an indictment was issued against him for two felony charges. Perry stood in front of a light blue background at the Travis County courthouse… Read More »

By Benjamin Siegel

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 5:33pm

Alaska Senate GOP Primary: 10 Questions for Mead Treadwell

  Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell wants to unseat Alaska’s Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in November. But first, he needs to survive a tough GOP primary. Treadwell, a figure in Alaskan politics for nearly 40 years, faces Dan Sullivan, a Marine and former Bush administration… Read More »

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 3:14pm

US Rejects International Criticism of Ferguson Police

A State Department spokeswoman pushed back against countries like Egypt, Iran and China that have chided U.S. law enforcement for its handling of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown. Marie Harf said such countries, which, at best, have… Read More »

By Benjamin Siegel

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 11:48am

Paul Ryan Implores GOP to Offer a ‘Meaningful Choice’ in 2016

For Rep. Paul Ryan, the lesson of the Republican loss in the 2012 presidential election was the need for the GOP to offer Americans “a meaningful choice” on Election Day, even if he isn’t the next Republican presidential candidate. “This isn’t just a ‘me’ book… Read More »

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 8:53am

The Frozen Primary

By ARLETTE SAENZ (@ArletteSaenz) NOTABLES A FROZEN PRIMARY PRIMER: Voters will cast ballots in Alaska and Wyoming today with a bitter three-way GOP Senate primary in Alaska as the marquee race to watch, ABC’s SHUSHANNAH WALSHE notes. Alaskan voters will decide between Dan Sullivan, the… Read More »

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 4:00am

The Primary Primer: 5 Races to Watch in Alaska and Wyoming

WHO’S ON THE BALLOT? Today, voters cast ballots in Alaska and Wyoming. The marquee race to watch is a three-way bitter GOP Senate primary in our nation’s 49th state. Alaskan voters will decide between the establishment front-runner, a tea partier with Sarah Palin’s backing, and… Read More »

The Note
Aug 19, 2014 12:01am

Paul Ryan Plots ‘Way Forward,’ Hinting at Presidential Aspirations

Reporter’s Notebook: “When the day finally came, I changed out of my suit, threw on a camouflage hat and shirt, and slipped out the back,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., begins in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” which goes on sale… Read More »