Afternoon Lede Check – 8.27.14

Romney flirts with 2016: I’d take on Hillary, but better GOP option coming (The Washington Times). Diplomat not arrested following beating (WTOP). Nice on Thursday, but a heat wave is on the way (CBS 9).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

The Washington Post: Immigration plan could shake up 2014 election

USA Today: Cowabunga! Swell weather for surfing as waves wallop both coasts

POLITICO: Déjà vu for Obama in Syria

The HillClimate plan spooks Dems

Roll Call: Former Fattah Aide Pleads Guilty in Campaign Fraud

Daily Caller: ‘F*** White People’ – Dead American ISIS Fighter Despised White People And Gays

The Washington TimesRomney flirts with 2016: I’d take on Hillary, but better GOP option coming

National Journal: Federal Deficit Is Set to Rise Sharply, CBO Warns

Washington Examiner: Does Syria’s air defense system work?

Huffington Post Politics: ‘BROKEN PROMISES’ – DEMS ISSUE BOLD WARNING TO REPUBLICANS

WTOP: Diplomat not arrested following beating

ABC 7: Massachusetts National Guard F-15 jet crashes along a mountainside in Deerfield, Va.; fate of pilot unknown

NBC 4: Harrowing Rescue: Officers Yank Man From Metro Train’s Path

CBS 9: Nice on Thursday, but a heat wave is on the way

Fox 5: VIDEO: Metro operator, transit officers pull man from tracks just before train arrives