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Views Preview: ISIS video shows beheading of 2nd U.S. journalist

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A video released by the militant group ISIS appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff, 31.  The freelance reporter was taken captive while reporting on the bloody civil war in Syria last year.  Sotloff is the second American journalist slain by ISIS militants in two weeks in retaliation for military strikes against the group.

Rick Gladstone, New York Times: "Video claims to show beheading of U.S. reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS"

Dan Lamothe, Washington Post: "Here's the transcript of the video showing Steven Sotloff's reported execution"

Raf Sanchez & Barney Henderson, Daily Telegraph: "Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' - latest"

Obama: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

President Barack Obama held a news conference to discuss foreign policy issues, namely those in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. NBC's Chuck Todd asked the president if he would seek consult from congress about possible military strikes in Syria.  His answer, some say, could be one of the biggest gaffes of his presidency.

Aaron Blake, Washington Post: “Why Obama’s ‘we don’t have a strategy yet’ gaffe stings

Dylan Byers, POLITICO: “Cleaning up the ‘strategy’ gaffe

Erik Ortiz, NBC: “Should President Obama have said there’s no strategy against ISIS yet?

Brian Hughes, Washington Examiner: “’No strategy’ a gift-wrapped gaffe that could haunt Obama’

Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard: “Gibbs: Obama’s no ‘strategy yet’ admission a “wince-able moment’"

Zack Beauchamp, Vox: “’We don’t have a strategy yet’: What everyone gets wrong about the quote that will haunt Obama

Radical cleric’s comments on CNN

Should CNN have called off an interview with a controversial Muslim cleric who joked about major terror attacks during the a microphone check?

Scott Shane & Ben Hubbard, New York Times: “ISIS displaying a deft command of varied media

Evan McMurry, Mediaite: “Brian Stelter battles Muslim cleric Anjam Choudary

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) meets members of the 106th Rescue Wing in this 2012 photo.

Who should name names?

In her new book, Off the Sidelines, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reveals several of her male senate colleagues of called her "pooky" and "fat." CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent backed up some of Gillibrand's statements, saying on the air that members of congress had made similar comments about Bash' body following the birth of her son.  But, neither women will say who it was that displayed the boorish behavior. 

Geoff Earle, New York Post: “Gillibrand: Male colleagues called me ‘porky’ after baby

Howard Kurtz, Fox News: “Who you calling ‘Porky?’  Why Kirsten Gillibrand should name her Senate harassers

Ruth Marcus, Washington Post: “Sexism in the Senate

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Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “CNN’s Dana Bash reveals male senators have creepily discussed her weight too

Reporting continues from Ferguson

Adam Goodman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Post-Dispatch sees juvenile court records

Riverfront Times Staff, Riverfront Times: “Riverfront Times Seek Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson

Carol Anderson, Washington Post: “Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress

Nick Bilton, New York Times: “Ferguson reveals a Twitter loop

Jazelle Hunt, New Pittsburgh Courier: “Blacks lead social charge on social media


Defending the Knee-Defender

Three flights have been diverted recently because of in-air squabbles between passengers fighting over legroom.  The Washington Post predicted this in a 2003 review of a seat-locking device called the "Knee Defender."

Abby Phillip, Washington Post: “United flight diverted after passengers fight over legroom

Washington Post: “25 ways to make your next flight easier” (2004)

Keith Alexander, Washington Post: “Knee Defender keeps passengers upright, uptight” (2003)

Christopher Muther, Boston Globe: “In defense of the Knee Defender

Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune: “Sit straight until airlines ease seat turbulence

AMY SIMONS teaches multi-platform reporting and editing to students in the convergence journalism interest area.