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7:25 PM ET, September 4, 2014

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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
National G.O.P. Moves to Take Over Campaign of Kansas Senator  —  WASHINGTON — National Republicans on Thursday moved to take control of the campaign of Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, a day after his hopes for re-election and those of his party for taking control of the Senate were threatened …
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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 …
Bryan Lowryeagle Topeka / Wichita Eagle:
Despite tough primary, Sen. Pat Roberts' path to victory in November smoother than opponents'
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Nathan L. Gonzales / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Pat Roberts is the Most Vulnerable Republican Senator in the Country
Washington Post:
Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts  —  RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry …
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ex-Governor McDonnell and Wife Convicted After Corruption Trial  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of corruption in federal court Thursday, following a trial that halted the political ascent of the one-time Republican star and peeled …
Alexander Burns / Politico:   Bob McDonnell in limbo: ‘Remarkably at peace’
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: Appeals Court Scraps Gay Marriage Bans In Wisconsin, Indiana  —  The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.  —  “The discrimination against same-sex couples is irrational, and therefore unconstitutional even if the discrimination …
ABC News:
Court Grants Obama Plea to Re-Hear Health Case
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
A Louisiana Judge Takes Aim at Gay Marriage—and Justice Kennedy
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Dish and SCOTUSblog
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Joan Rivers, a Comedic Stiletto, Dies at 81  —  Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America's obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television …
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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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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Collapse of Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: Israel Matzav
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The Three-Headed Monster Challenging Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News and Analysis: Federal Court Grants Injunction Restoring Early Voting in Ohio  —  I have now had a chance to give an initial read the 71-page federal district court opinion in Ohio State Conference of the NAACP v. Husted.  This is a significant case, which could potentially make it to the Supreme Court.
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Pursuing ISIS to the Gates of Hell  —  Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed.  The key to understanding why lies in a book.  —  The book is called Special Providence.  Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell Mead, it remains, for my money …
Economist:
Blood cotton  —  The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.  By Edward Baptist.  Basic Books; 498 pages; $35.  Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.com  —  “FOR sale: a coloured girl, of very superior qualifications...a bright mulatto, fine figure, straight …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Delaware Guv ‘Inadvertently’ Tweeted Photo Of Woman In Bondage Gear  —  Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) tweeted Thursday that his staff was “looking into” how an “inappropriate” photo of a woman in bondage gear was sent out from his Twitter account.  —  The tweet, which promoted …
Wall Street Journal:
Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site  —  A hacker broke into the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, but there was no evidence consumers' personal data was taken.
USA Today:
Reports of missing Libyan planes raise 9/11 terror fears  —  Reports that 11 commercial jetliners are missing from the main airport in Libya's capital of Tripoli are raising fears that militants could use them in terrorist attacks to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11 next week.
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.
Barbara Grijalva / Tucson News Now:
Armed border militia confronts conservationists counting bats  —  TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It was a case of mistaken identity that, authorities say, could have gone very wrong.  —  Authorities say, apparently, a group of heavily-armed border militia members mistook conservationists researching bats …
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
An Old Contempt in Rotherham  —  What is saddest about the mass sexual exploitation of children in the town of Rotherham, in the North of England, is that it happened at all.  But what is most infuriating is that, despite numerous alerts from social workers and at least three independent investigations …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gatestone Institute
 
 
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Michael Beckel / The Center for Public …:
GOP's Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz
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Darren Goode / Politico:
Harry Reid: Kochs are ‘enemies of progress’
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Shakara Robinson / WDJT-TV:
Congresswoman Gwen Moore arrested during minimum wage protest
New York Times:
Found ‘Reckless’ in Gulf Spill, BP Faces $18 Billion Fine
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White House.gov Blog:
President Obama Names Megan Smith U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray Deputy U.S. CTO
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Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
The Greatest Threat to Our Liberty Is Local Governments Run Amok
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Erik Rush / WND:
OBAMA: THE HEAD OF THE ISIS SNAKE
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Fast food workers take to streets to demand $15 minimum wage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Nell Gluckman / Bangor Daily News:
LePage says cost of energy keeps wages low, drives business from Maine
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