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2:30 PM ET, September 5, 2014

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New York Times:
NATO Approves New Reaction Force for Eastern Europe  —  NEWPORT, Wales — NATO on Friday approved plans for a 4,000-person rapid reaction force headquartered in eastern Europe, aimed at reassuring members near Russia unnerved by its military actions in the Ukraine conflict that the principle of collective defense remains sacrosanct.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mashable
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Reuters:
U.S. says forms ‘core coalition’ to counter Iraq militants  —  (Reuters) - The United States said it had created a “core coalition” on Friday to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling for broad support from allies and partners around the world but ruling out committing ground forces.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Ukraine abandoned  —  At his first press briefing after the beheading …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and AEIdeas
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
How The ‘Core Coalition’ Against ISIS Stacks Up Against The 2003 Coalition
Discussion: Mashable
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Our withdrawn review “Blood cotton”  —  Apology: In our review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, we said: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.”
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Economist:
Blood cotton  —  The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
Steven Pinker / The New Republic:
The Trouble With Harvard  —  The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it  —  The most-read article in the history of this magazine is not about war, politics, or great works of art.  It's about the admissions policies of a handful of elite universities …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Meet’ the Chuck Todd advantage  —  Todd's roundtable will feature regular contributors, including Joe Scarborough, who has been promoted to NBC News senior political analyst and a regular contributor to “Meet.”  (Todd dismisses any suggestion that Scarborough doesn't fit the bill for reported analysis …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Chuck Todd to interview President Obama on first ‘Meet The Press’ broadcast
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Jennifer Pompi / Washington Times:
Fed: Under Obama, only the richest 10 percent saw incomes rise … Under President Obama, the richest 10 percent were the only income group of Americans to see their median incomes rise, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve.  —  The Fed data covered the years 2010-2013 …
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ERR:
DEVELOPING: Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint, Foreign Ministry Summons Russian Ambassador  —  An official from the Internal Security Service (ISS), Estonia's national agency for counterintelligence and high-profile corruption investigations …
Politico:
More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order  —  More top Democrats are pressuring President Barack Obama to slow down on immigration reform, further diminishing the chances that he'll take sweeping administrative action before Election Day.  —  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) wants Obama to wait until after November.
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
Guardian:
Man jailed for phoning and texting ex-girlfriend 21,807 times  —  French man who harassed woman demanding compensation for work on appartment admits behaviour was ‘stupid’  —  Defendant accepted responsibility for a barrage of phone calls and text messages over a 10-month period Photograph: David Brabyn/ David Brabyn/Corbis
Discussion: kdvr.com, Gawker, Mashable and Jezebel
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress Set to Bow to Obama on ISIS War  —  Congress says it wants to have a role in authorizing Obama's ongoing war against ISIS.  But the White House is using a series of maneuvers to make sure that never happens.  —  In recent days, leading lawmakers in both parties have been talking tough …
Defend Christians:
I'm Islamaphobic, Are You?  —  I confess, I'm “Islamaphobic,” but for very good reasons.  —  My fear is not an irrational fear based on uniformed prejudice; rather it's an historic, clear eyed, informed, rational fear.  ISSA is doing to America journalists what every true follower …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
Chris Lee / kff.org:
Premiums Set to Decline Slightly for Benchmark ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans in 2015  —  Analysis of 15 States and D.C. Also Finds Changes Vary Across States and Insurers  —  Results Suggest Consumers Should Shop Carefully When Open Enrollment Begins November 15
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.
ABC News:
Obama Vows to ‘Deepen and Broaden’ Sanctions Against Russia  —  Hours after the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels agreed to a ceasefire after five months of fighting, President Obama told reporters at the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, today that, “Our alliance …
Discussion: Politico
Marice Richter / Morning Call:
Texas daycare center accused of withholding water to keep diapers dry  —  A Texas child care center accused of duct-taping children to mats at nap time also withheld water from children to avoid frequent diaper changes, according to an investigation by the state's regulatory agency for child care licensing.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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: BillMoyers.com and Instapundit
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Cathy Young / The Daily Beast:
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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
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Russ Choma / OpenSecrets.org:
Two Grand Juries Continuing Probe Into 2012 Iowa Payola Scandal
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie won't take stand on immigration
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John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks at Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary …
Discussion: TalkLeft and National Review
Jason Katz / The Hill:
America's confused foreign policy in the post-Soviet sphere
David Firestone / New York Times:
Early Voting in Ohio, Despite Republican Objections
Discussion: Daily Kos and ACS Blog
Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
The need for a mighty U.S. military
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Newspapers Keep Publishing Op-Eds by John McCain?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos