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1:40 PM ET, September 4, 2014

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Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: ‘I Am Not an Isolationist’  —  If I had been in President Obama's shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS  —  Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily.  They shouldn't be.
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Collapse of Obama's Foreign Policy  —  What this means, he hasn't spelled out in great specificity.  Presumably fewer beheadings.  A slower pace of Western recruiting.  Fewer genocidal threats against embattled minorities.  A downgrading of the caliphate to a mini-state, or merely a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
Andrew Romano / Yahoo! News:
Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street ‘Revolving Door’
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The Three-Headed Monster Challenging Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Withdraws Decision Defunding Obamacare  —  In July, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a decision defunding much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This effort to implement Sen. Ted Cruz's …
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ABC News:
Court Grants Obama Plea to Re-Hear Health Case  —  The federal appeals court in Washington has thrown out a ruling that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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.
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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Michael Scherer / TIME:
Obama Offers Muddled Message to Europe in Face of Crises
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Huffington Post hires 9/11 truther to cover national security  —  The Huffington Post's Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security.  —  Stallworth, a wide receiver in the NFL since 2002 …
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 and The Hill
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 …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
A Louisiana Judge Takes Aim at Gay Marriage—and Justice Kennedy  —  On Wednesday, a federal judge in Louisiana ended same-sex marriage's federal-court win streak.  District Judge Martin Feldman held that Louisiana need not grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages.
Discussion: The Dish, ACS Blog, SCOTUSblog and Hot Air
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Fast food workers take to streets to demand $15 minimum wage  —  Thousands of fast food workers are expected to stage protests Thursday outside of restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King and Domino's in a coordinated push for higher pay.  —  Backed by the Service Employees International Union …
Discussion: Daily Signal and TheBlaze.com
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.
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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: Heavy.com, Liberaland and The Raw Story
Erik Rush / WND:
OBAMA: THE HEAD OF THE ISIS SNAKE  —  Exclusive: Erik Rush calls BHO ‘a well-placed saboteur representing malignant interests’  —  Erik Rush is a columnist and author of sociopolitical fare.  His latest book is “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal - America's Racial Obsession.”
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
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
 
 
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Martin Wolf / Associated Press:
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