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11:25 PM ET, September 1, 2014

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Eli Rosenberg / NY Daily News:
Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma as family considers lawsuit over botched procedure: sources  —  The comedian's only child, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Sunday that she is keeping her ‘fingers crossed.’ A source tells the Daily News that there is a concern …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Journalist Roughed Up And Removed From Georgia GOP Event  —  Over the past week there's been something of a brouhaha surrounding a journalist being forcibly removed from a local Republican event in Georgia.  —  The journalist was Nydia Tisdale, who went to Burt's Farm in Dawsonville …
WALV-TV:
3 Columbus churches vandalized with graffiti overnight  —  Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.  —  Someone spray painted them on the outside.  It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Why Won't Endangered Democrat Senate Candidates Repudiate Their Todd Akin?  —  SHARES  —  There are a whole bunch of Democrats running for Senate this year, though in this case “running” seems to mean running as far away as possible from failed liberal messiah Barack Obama.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage  —  Note: The following is adapted from the author's forthcoming book, Injustices: The Supreme Court's Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A new term for reform of schools  —  Here's Whoopi Goldberg on America's schools today: “To me, bad teachers don't do anybody any good.  So the unions need to recognize that parents are not going to stand for it anymore.”  —  Here's New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Banning Russian-made AK-47s sets off a U.S. buying frenzy  —  Imports of the weapon were halted as part of sanctions against Moscow  —  Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, More Celebs Have Alleged Nude Photos Leak In Massive Hack  —  The leak appears to have originated on 4chan's /b/ board.  This post is SFW.  Update: Representatives of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have confirmed the pictures' authenticity to BuzzFeed.
Patrick Svitek / Texas Politics:
Indictment mischaracterized in deleted tweet from Perry account  —  AUSTIN — A tweet mischaracterizing Gov. Rick Perry's indictment was sent Sunday evening from his personal account, setting the social network abuzz and leaving his critics fuming.  A few hours later, the message was deleted, with his account calling it “unauthorized.”
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Rick Perry deletes ‘drunk’ DA tweet
Discussion: Twitchy
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Florida Man At ‘Shoot Straight’ Gun Range Wounds Himself And A Friend  —  A man ended up shooting himself and his friend when he tried to unjam a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a shooting range on Sunday, police in Florida said.  —  According to the Orlando Sentinel, the men …
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Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:   Two injured in accidental shooting at Casselberry gun store
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
President Obama: GOP ‘says no to everything’  —  President Barack Obama used his Labor Day speech on Monday to slam Republicans for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, equal pay for women, affordable health care and more.  —  “Republicans in Congress love to say ‘no.’ Those are just facts, they're facts of life.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Happy Labor Day.  Are Unions Dead?  —  An interview with Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert … Are unions dead?  —  No.  —  Explain, please.  —  Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still significant American institutions.
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
FEMINIST BULLIES TEARING THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY APART  —  It's easy to mock video gamers as dorky loners in yellowing underpants.  Indeed, in previous columns, I've done it myself.  Occasionally at length.  But, the more you learn about the latest scandal in the games industry …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jack Moore / International Business Times:
Ukraine Crisis: ‘If I Want, I Will Take Kiev in Two Weeks’, Putin Warns EU's Barroso  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could “take Kiev in two weeks” if he wanted, Italian media reports have said.
CNN:
Libyan militia uses vacated U.S. Embassy in Libya as swim club  —  (CNN) — Libyan militia members have apparently turned the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, into a water park, judging by amateur video posted to YouTube on Sunday.  —  The video, which reflects the anarchy …
Discussion: Power Line
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libyans Overrun Compound Abandoned by U.S. Embassy in Tripoli
Associated Press:
ISLAMIST MILITIA NOW GUARDS US EMBASSY IN LIBYA
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’
Discussion: Balkinization
CNN:
Americans detained in North Korea speak to CNN, ask for U.S. help
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Studies Foreign Affairs for a 2016 Test
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Anti-Labor Day  —  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Medicare Miracle
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Michele Willens / New York Times:
When Did We Get So Old?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Vox Popoli
 

 
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