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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw—and Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It  —  The U.S. gambled on local militias to keep ISIS in check.  The president's authorization of airstrikes is an admission that bet didn't pay off.  —  Friday morning, with a humanitarian mission already underway …
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VICE News:
The Islamic State (Part 1)  —  The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria.  Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced their intention to reestablish …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, With Reluctance, Returns to Action in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — In sending warplanes back into the skies over Iraq, President Obama on Thursday night found himself exactly where he did not want to be.  Hoping to end the war in Iraq, Mr. Obama became the fourth president in a row …
Washington Post:
U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants in northern Iraq
The White House:
Statement by the President
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Don't Give Booker a Pass  —  Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate.  We don't know where he lives.  We don't know whom, if anyone, he lives with.  And he's been caught in lie after lie about his heroics.  Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Booker Staffer Tells Booker Opponent to ‘Suck It’  —  One staffer in Cory Booker's Senate office has a message for his opponent: “Suck it.”  —  That's certainly at odds with Booker's reputation for politeness and collegiality, but when Booker's opponent, the former Reagan-administration official Jeff Bell …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods  —  Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined?  I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it's really taking off!
Monica Potts / The Daily Beast:
The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie  —  Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural.  Trying to combat it will slow growth.  Well, guess who now says otherwise?  Standard and Poor's.  —  First came Occupy Wall Street, and its pitch-perfect slogan on inequality: “We are the 99 percent.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Bulletin:
Probate candidate's husband admits to history with white supremacy movement  —  The husband of a Plainfield attorney running for a probate judge seat was a member of a prominent neo-Nazi group for several years, according to watchdog groups, and currently maintains a pro-white online blog.
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Husband Of Connecticut Judicial Candidate: ‘I Am Pro-White’  —  A Democratic candidate for a judicial seat in Plainfield, Conn. was forced to answer questions about her husband this week after a watchdog group exposed his ties to the white supremacist movement.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America's Moral Obligations in Iraq  —  Which politician uttered the following words: “Do we sit on the sidelines and watch an entire people be slaughtered or do we marshal military forces and move in quietly to put an end to it?”  John McCain?  Joe Lieberman?  Scoop Jackson?  Wrong.
Discussion: The Dish
Abby Simons / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
GOP Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald ticketed again  —  Michelle MacDonald, the Republican-endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court, was ticketed last week for violating the terms of a limited license as she awaits trial for alleged drunken driving and resisting arrest.
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Brian Haas / Tennessean.com:
Tennesseans vote to retain Supreme Court justices
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Cease-Fire in Gaza Expires, and Strikes Resume  —  JERUSALEM — As a 72-hour truce in Gaza expired at 8 a.m. Friday, Palestinian militants fired barrages of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes, one of which killed a 10-year-old boy, according to relatives.
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israeli Procedure Reignites Old Debate
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Tikun Olam
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality Is a Drag  —  For more than three decades, almost everyone who matters in American politics has agreed that higher taxes on the rich and increased aid to the poor have hurt economic growth.  —  Liberals have generally viewed this as a trade-off worth making …
Discussion: National Review
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John H. Cochrane / The Grumpy Economist:   S&P economists and inequality  —  Neil Irwin at the New York …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Deletes Tweet With Huge Factual Error  —  Either Donald Trump is having second thoughts about a political endorsement or he's once against struggling to accept that he's been proven wrong.  —  The smart money is on the latter, unless the reality television star had a sudden …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Mitch McConnell's wife sits on the board of a group working to kill the coal industry Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  For months, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has accused his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, of engaging in a “war on coal,” casting her as an outright enemy of one of the state's most vital industries.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Democrats' Goldwater  —  Elizabeth Warren leads the party's leftward march.  —  Republicans had Barry Gold-water.  Democrats now have Elizabeth Warren.  What do they have in common?  Years back, he pointed the way for his party, and now she's doing the same thing for hers.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Anthony Reuben / BBC:
Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures  —  War zones are not easy places to collect statistics.  —  In the Gaza conflict, most news organisations have been quoting from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which leads a group of humanitarian organisations known as the Protection Cluster.
Andrew W.K. / Sound of the City:
Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing A**hole  —  [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or — no surprise here — a party.  Need his help?  Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Polls Show GOP Base Has Impeachment Fever, Even As Party Leaders Run From It  —  Bereft of many good options ahead of the November midterms, Democrats have been eager to use the fringe impeachment chatter as a cudgel against Republicans.  The gambit has not gone unnoticed on the right.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Spy court orders release of phone surveillance opinion  —  The government needs to release a partially declassified opinion from the federal court overseeing surveillance activities about its bulk collection of phone records, the court said.  —  In a decision handed down on Friday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Our Lonely First Duffer  —  What Barack Obama's golf game tells us about his presidency.  —  To many of us who play golf and generally suck at it—that's me, and most others—it is less a game than a subtle form of torture, a walking stress position.  Other sports may be more physically taxing …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Wolfowitz: We ‘won’ the Iraq War  —  Paul Wolfowitz, a former senior George W. Bush administration official and one of the chief Iraq War architects, said on Tuesday that the U.S. “won” the war in Iraq.  —  When asked his thoughts about the current situation in Iraq and whether the war was a mistake …
 
 
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Shake-up at The View: Two relative unknowns chosen to fill seats vacated by Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd
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Tennessean.com:
'SNL's Victoria Jackson falls to incumbents
Fox News:
Key ObamaCare official likely deleted emails now sought in House probe
Discussion: msnbc.com and BizPac Review
Sergio Bichao / mycentraljersey.com:
N.J. cop in Obama rant speaks out and resigns
Christopher Smith Gonzalez / The Galveston County …:
8-year-old boy shot in Texas City apartment
Associated Press:
Rep. DesJarlais, challenger trade leads in Tenn.
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NBC News:
U.S. drops bombs on ISIS
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
Australian / Guardian:
New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia
Discussion: naked capitalism and The Verge
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low