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8:55 PM ET, August 9, 2014

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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on America and the World  —  President Obama's hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs.  (The Tea Party can claim the other half.)
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New York Times:
Obama Warns of Long-Term Iraq Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Saturday that the airstrikes and humanitarian assistance drops he ordered last week in Iraq could go on for months, preparing Americans for an extended military presence in the skies there as Iraq's leaders try to build a new government.
New York Times:
Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode …
Fox News:
Islamic militants advance despite 2 rounds of US airstrikes  —  The Islamic militants reportedly expanded their drive near Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday despite two U.S. airstrikes aimed at mortar positions and a seven-vehicle convoy to stop the advance on Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Feinstein Warns of Risk of ISIL Attack on America, Says Must Be Confronted  —  Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.  —  “It has become clear that ISIL …
Discussion: Hot Air, NewsBusters and NBC News
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Feinstein: ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday said the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) must be confronted forcefully by the U.S., though she stopped short of calling for boots on the ground.
New York Times:
Preventing a Slaughter in Iraq  —  The catastrophe of Iraq has been growing steadily worse for weeks, but by Thursday, it became impossible for the United States and other civilized nations to ignore it.  Iraq's bloodthirsty Sunni extremists were threatening the extermination of tens …
Washington Post:
Obama's authorization of Iraq airstrikes isn't connected to a coherent strategy  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
CNN:
Obama: No timetable for Iraq airstrikes
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Left frets over Iraq mission creep
Monte Reel / New York Times:
The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who's Buying Up All the World's Vinyl Records  —  Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten.
Ben Chapman / NY Daily News:
Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach’  —  The wild remarks came during last month's American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles.  ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach.  Thank you very much!’
Kellan Howell / Washington Times:
London nun tears down ISIL flag from building … A nun in east London climbed to the top of a local building and ripped down a flag similar to the one flown by Jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq.  —  IB Times reported Friday that the flag was being flown alongside Palestinian flags and slogans in support of Gaza.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
May the government try John Hinckley for James Brady's murder?  —  John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington on Nov. 18, 2003.  Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 in an attempt to impress Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, who he had been writing poems …
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Coroner Is Said to Rule James Brady's Death a Homicide, 33 Years After a Shooting
Nicholas P. Fandos / Politico:
Watergate?  What's that?  —  At the time, it must have all seemed unforgettable: the endless revelations of wrongdoing, the painful congressional investigation and, finally, the soft black-and-white image of Richard Nixon resigning the presidency.  —  But ask today's students about the events …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
 
 
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
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Fools at the Fire  —  In the heat, in the still gloaming …
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