TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 11

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

Experts Warn of Iraq Blowback

A campaign of U.S. airstrikes against the group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria could motivate the extremists to retaliate against American civilians, experts say. Thousands of people have fled the militants and sought safety in a mountain range

Child Migrants Stretch Courts

The wave of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S. border has compounded a court crisis, with backlogs and a shortage of lawyers

Gaza Truce Holds Ahead of Talks

A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militants held into Monday, allowing Palestinians to venture out as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo

How the U.S. Is Treating 2 Ebola Victims

Physicians at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta spoke to TIME about the unit treating the two American Ebola victims, their doubters and the unknown future of emerging infectious diseases, with one doctor saying, “this is what we’ve been preparing for for 12 years”

Violence Grips St. Louis Suburb After Fatal Police Shooting

A day of anger after Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by police in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people vandalized vehicles, looted businesses and confronted police officers who sought to block off access to several areas of the city

Scott Walker’s Challenger Giving Him a Run for His Money

Democratic challenger Mary Burke is running a campaign aimed at distinguishing herself from the unpopular Wisconsin governor, whose approval rating now stands below 50%. But it’s hard to unseat an incumbent, and midterm election turnout favors Republicans

Probe: No Sign of Criminal Intent in Stewart Crash

Tony Stewart, considered one of racing’s most proficient drivers, dropped out of Sunday’s NASCAR event just hours after a Saturday crash killed another driver, Kevin Ward Jr.; investigators say they don’t currently have any evidence pointing to criminal intent

Antibacterial Soap Ingredients Could Put Fetuses at Risk

Researchers say pregnant women and fetuses exposed to common ingredients found in antibacterial soaps and other germ-killing products could suffer health risks. Scientists say the ingredients are difficult to avoid because they are found in over 2,000 products

The ‘Super PAC to End Super PACs’ Backs 3 New Candidates

Mayday PAC, the political action committee aiming to change how elections are funded, reveals to TIME it’s supporting North Carolina Republican Walter Jones, New Hampshire Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Ruben Gallego, a Democrat running for Congress in Arizona

Hackers Unveil Their Plan to Change Email Forever

The creator of an ultra-secure email service once said to be used by Edward Snowden unveiled his next project at a major hacker conference Friday; he and others like him want to change the very nature of email forever

Medics Battling Ebola Plead for the World’s Help

“Countries possessing necessary capacities must immediately dispatch available infectious disease experts,” says MSF’s Dr. Bart Janssens, as the situation in the worst-hit West African countries becomes increasingly desperate and food prices skyrocket in northern Liberia

More Turmoil to Come, Says Global Financial Guru

Raghuram Rajan, now governor of India’s central bank, saw the crash of 2008 coming when he worked at the IMF back in 2005. Now he fears supereasy money from the world’s central banks is inflating assets and encouraging bad investments

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