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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 …
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Uber Meets Liberalism Uber Alles  —  There are days when I wonder whether Salon is for real, or whether it's an elaborate gag, similar to the theory that all of Paul Krugman's and Tom Friedman's columns are actually written by a bunch of madcap interns at the Heritage Foundation wondering …
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Andrew Leonard / Salon:   Why Uber must be stopped
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Medicare Miracle  —  So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers?  What, you haven't heard about them?  Well, they haven't been front-page news.  But something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won't) transform a lot of our political debate.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Americans detained in North Korea speak to CNN, ask for U.S. help  —  Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) — Three Americans detained in North Korea spoke out about their conditions and pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN.  —  Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Chris Christie's Trip to Mexico Doubles as a Foreign Policy Test  —  A few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea, touching off a diplomatic crisis, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was asked at a confidential meeting of Republican activists how he would have handled the situation differently from President Obama.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Anti-Labor Day  —  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before the profound effect of spending my most formative childhood years in a place that was sort of a monument to capital's war on labor.  LaGrange, Georgia, in the early 1960s was a textile company town ruled economically …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Rick Perry deletes ‘drunk’ DA tweet
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When Did We Get So Old?
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Daily Mail:
Cameron faces Ukip by-election bloodbath: Party set to win first Commons seat after shock poll …
Politico:
Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past’
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