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10:30 AM ET, September 5, 2014

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Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
The need for a mighty U.S. military  —  The writer is the former governor of Massachusetts.  In 2012, the Republican Party nominated him for president of the United States.  —  Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat “beyond anything that we've seen …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Ukraine abandoned  —  At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy for confronting ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State, in Syria.  Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.
Discussion: AEIdeas
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Don't save Ukraine  —  President Obama is doubling …
Discussion: The Dish, Macleans.ca and RedState
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 and Gawker
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Economist:
Our withdrawn review “Blood cotton”  —  Apology: In our review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, we said: “Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery.  Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains.”
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:
Former Governor in Virginia Guilty in Bribery Case
Bryan Lowry / Wichita Eagle:
Kobach: Democrat Chad Taylor's name will remain on ballot for U.S. Senate  —  Chad Taylor doesn't want to be in the race for U.S. Senate, but he's going to remain on the ballot.  —  Taylor, the Democratic nominee for Senate and district attorney of Shawnee County, submitted a formal letter …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
National G.O.P. Moves to Take Over Campaign of a Kansas Senator
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
New Book Says C.I.A. Official in Benghazi Held Up Rescue  —  CAIRO — Five commandos guarding the C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 say that the C.I.A. station chief stopped them from interceding in time to save the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an American technician during …
Discussion: Business Insider
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Cook: Apple Will Beef Up Security but Lax Attitude Didn't Lead to Hacks  —  Apple CEO Denies a Lax Attitude Toward Security Allowed Hackers to Post Nude Photos of Celebrities  —  Apple Inc. said it plans additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security …
Agencies / Telegraph:
Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden  —  Palmira Silva was decapitated at her home in Edmonton in an indiscriminate rampage before armed police subdued her ‘crazed’ attacker  —  An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London suburban garden by a man with a machete.
Discussion: Business Insider
David Firestone / New York Times:
Early Voting in Ohio, Despite Republican Objections  —  A federal judge's decision this morning to allow early voting in Ohio is a big victory for those who think voting should be easier and more accessible.  It was also a remarkable decision in purely human terms, showing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Survey of Consumer Finances  —  2013 Survey of Consumer Finances  —  The 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is the most recent survey conducted.  Below are links to the bulletin article, historical bulletin tables, full public dataset, extract dataset, replicate weight files, and documentation.
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Matthew C Klein / FT Alphaville:
US income and wealth inequality facts of the day
Andrew Simmons / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience  —  Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds.  But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
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.
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Brett Norman / Politico:   GOP on attack over health site hack
Fox News:
Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim  —  A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News' Bret Baier.
Jason Katz / The Hill:
America's confused foreign policy in the post-Soviet sphere  —  As the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 showed, one needs to look no further than the pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists' own Facebook pages to identify the culprits of these murders and the supporters empowering them.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Lawsuits Just Suffered a Big Setback  —  What it means and how the legal challenge could play out  —  The latest big legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act—the one that could potentially deprive millions of people of subsidies, making it impossible for them to get insurance …
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Holder: Civil rights probe into Trayvon Martin shooting still active  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains active, noting “recent developments” in the case.
Discussion: Instapundit
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Newspapers Keep Publishing Op-Eds by John McCain?  —  America's most prestigious op-ed pages are run by highly accomplished editors who know a tight argument when they see one.  They reject so many pieces each day that even a minor factual error or logical inconsistency is enough to doom a submission …
 
 
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Senate Democrats urge President Obama to delay immigration order
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Tea Party Unloads on ‘Complete Imbecile’ Rick Perry
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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’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: Appeals Court Scraps Gay Marriage Bans In Wisconsin, Indiana
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
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