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11:30 AM ET, September 4, 2014

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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Legal questions complicate Dem's exit from Kansas Senate race  —  Despite filing papers with the Kansas secretary of State withdrawing from the Senate race late Wednesday, Democrat Chad Taylor may be stuck on the ballot this fall.  —  Two election law statutes have raised questions …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Dem's withdrawal poses threat to Roberts  —  A Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Kansas has withdrawn from the race, paving the way for a serious third-party contender against long-time Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.  —  Chad Taylor, a little-known and under-funded candidate who won …
Brian Dulle / Kansas First News:
Taylor withdraws from US Senate race
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Warren: Destroying ISIS should be ‘No. 1 priority’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that the Obama administration should make defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) its top priority.  —  “ISIS is growing in strength.  It has money, it has organization, it has the capacity to inflict real damage.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The Three-Headed Monster Challenging Obama's Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — In vowing in Estonia on Wednesday to defend vulnerable NATO nations from Russia “for as long as necessary,” President Obama has now committed the United States to three major projections of its power: a “pivot” …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Romano / Yahoo! News:
Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street ‘Revolving Door’  —  Katie Couric  —  In an exclusive interview Wednesday with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for accepting a multimillion-dollar job …
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth  —  In a presidency of many ‘critical junctures,’ this time his foreign policy legacy is truly on the line—and if he can lead now on ISIS and Putin, we'll soon forget his recent history.  —  We read so many stories about this “critical juncture” …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Brit Hume: Obama told a friend of mine before he was elected, “Wouldn't it be great for the world if I were president?”  —  Saw this last night on Fox and had such a good laugh, I feel obliged to pass it along today.  There's no way to prove he said it, but as Megyn Kelly's quick to show with archived audio …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to probe Ferguson police force  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this week will launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, according to two federal law enforcement officials.  —  The investigation, which could be announced as early …
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Inquiry to Focus on Practices of Police in Ferguson
Michael Brown / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Juvenile court: Michael Brown had no serious felony convictions, did not face felony charges
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Has Greenwald, Inc. peaked?  —  Thanks to Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald went from blogging to the big time.  But his stock may be dropping fast.  —  For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg to Return to Lead Company He Founded  —  Michael R. Bloomberg will reassume the leadership of his business empire only eight months after ending his final term as mayor of New York.  —  Late Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg told close confidants and senior executives of Bloomberg L.P. …
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Bloomberg:
DANIEL L. DOCTOROFF STEPPING ASIDE AS CEO OF BLOOMBERG LP AT END OF 2014
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
Nell Gluckman / Bangor Daily News:
LePage says cost of energy keeps wages low, drives business from Maine  —  ORONO, Maine — A week after L.L. Bean announced it will close its Bangor call center and on the same day that Verizon Wireless said it would add 90 customer service employees to its local facility …
WEWS-TV:
Bath Twp.  Police: Former Navy SEAL Chris Heben lied about getting shot at West Market Plaza  —  BATH TWP., Ohio - Bath Township detectives believe they have “overwhelming evidence” to prove a former Navy SEAL lied when he claimed he was shot during an altercation with three black men outside of a popular shopping center.
Discussion: Liberaland, Heavy.com and The Raw Story
The Times:
We will not be cowed by barbaric killers  —  David Cameron and Barack Obama  —  As Russia holds a gun to Ukraine and Islamic extremists commit despicable murder, Nato must strengthen its alliance  —  When Nato last met in Britain in 1990 the Cold War was ending.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight's Senate Model Is Back And It Gives Republicans The Edge  —  The FiveThirtyEight Senate model is launching Wednesday.  We'll be rolling it out in stages, with additional features, functionality and further methodological detail.  We'll also be unveiling our new set …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Prairie Weather
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Senate Control May Turn on Who's More Unloved, Obama or G.O.P.
Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg:
Tesla chooses Nevada for battery factory: Sources  —  Tesla has finally decided that it will build its $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant—dubbed the gigafactory—in Nevada, sources say.  —  “That's a go, but they are still negotiating the specifics of the contract,” …
Carolyn Kaster / JSOnline:
DNC chair Wasserman Schultz rips Scott Walker on women's issues  —  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the U.S. House from Florida, is shown speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 2012.  On Wednesday in Milwaukee, she criticized Gov. Scott Walker for his record on women's issues.
 
 
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John Bacon / USA Today:
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Masha Gessen / New York Review of Books:
The Dying Russians  —  Sometime in 1993, after several trips …
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Rebecca Ford / Hollywood Reporter:
George Clooney to Direct Phone-Hacking Scandal Movie for Sony
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Rauner admits $100K wine club; Quinn whines of banana breakfast
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
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