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4:20 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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Senate Race In Kansas Just Got Crazy  —  The past few weeks haven't produced much good news for Democrats' hopes of retaining the Senate.  While their position is far from catastrophic — the Senate playing field is broad this year, and the outcome of many races is uncertain …
Nathan L. Gonzales / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Pat Roberts is the Most Vulnerable Republican Senator in the Country
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
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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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.
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
Andrew Romano / Yahoo! News:
Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street ‘Revolving Door’
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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ABC News:
Court Grants Obama Plea to Re-Hear Health Case
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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Maria Elena Fernandez / NBC News:
Comedy and TV Legend Joan Rivers Dies at 81  —  Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of “Can We Talk?” gossip, has died.  She was 81.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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: Gatestone Institute and Guardian
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.
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 …
Ben Fractenberg / DNAinfo.com New York:
Mom Arrested for Blocking Sidewalk While Waiting for Family to Use Bathroom  —  MIDTOWN — A mother and former top government lawyer waiting for her husband and kids to use the bathroom at a Times Square restaurant was arrested for blocking the sidewalk, in what she calls an attempt by the NYPD …
 
 
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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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Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
Froomkin Blogs Again: Obama Makes Bushism the New Normal
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A Louisiana Judge Takes Aim at Gay Marriage—and Justice Kennedy
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Martin Wolf / Associated Press:
Financial reform: Call to arms
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Fast food workers take to streets to demand $15 minimum wage
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
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