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5:10 PM ET, September 10, 2014

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jay Carney joins CNN  —  Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.  —  He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a primetime statement about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , Sam Feist …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Report: Golf courses nixed President Obama  —  Some of New York's most exclusive golf clubs would not let President Barack Obama play over Labor Day weekend, according to a report.  —  The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected requests to let Obama tee off …
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:   CHENEY: I'd Be Shocked If Obama Did The Right Thing On ISIS
CBS News:
Goodell: No.  —  O'Donnell: No one in the NFL?  —  Goodell: No one in the NFL, to my knowledge, and I had been asked that same question and the answer to that is no. We were not granted that.  We were told that was not something we would have access to.  On multiple occasions, we asked for it.
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
'Real Time"s Maher ‘could’ vote for Paul  —  Longtime viewers of Bill Maher on HBO's “Real Time” may be surprised to learn the liberal-leaning host, who makes a habit of skewering Republicans on a weekly basis, is “considering” casting a vote for one come 2016.  —  “Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me.
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Daily Mail:
The teacher (and English graduate) who admits: I'm illiterate - SARAH SMITH blames liberal education dogmas for creating a generation of hopelessly ill-equipped teachers  —  My hands were feeling clammy and beads of sweat broke out under my collar as I shifted nervously in my seat.  It was parents' evening.
New York Times:
Obama Ready to Authorize Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, into new and unpredictable terrain.
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Washington Post:
Obama ready to strike at Islamic State militants in Syria, he tells policy experts
Bryan Fischer / OneNewsNow.com:
No atheist should be permitted to serve in the U.S. military  —  Military service should rightly be reserved for those who believe in and are willing to die for what America stands for - and what America stands for is a belief in God as the source of our rights.  —  Tweet to @BryanJFischer
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
People hate the Republican Party.  But they really don't.  —  The reclamation project that is the Republican Party has long been stunted by one pesky fact: People freaking hate the Republican Party.  —  Well, kind of.  —  Poll after poll shows President Obama is unpopular …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
WSB-TV:
State launches fraud investigation into voter registration group  —  ATLANTA —  Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia's secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state's highest ranking Democrats.
Justin Driver / The New Republic:
How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court  —  And therefore, the country  —  Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy (Simon & Schuster).  —  On October 15, 1987, as Justice Antonin Scalia settled into his second term at the Supreme Court, he emerged from conference …
Discussion: National Review
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo spent almost 40 times as much for his votes as Zephyr Teachout  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has been raising money for his reelection essentially since he took office in 2010.  His campaign account has been in the eight figures since 2012; he's been raising $5 million or more every six months like clockwork.
Meghan Daum / New York Times:
Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing  —  Credit: Benjamin Lowy/Reportage, for The New York Times  —  On a recent afternoon in Brooklyn, Lena Dunham and her sister, Grace, met up at a local hangout.  Grace was nursing a sprained ankle she sustained a few nights earlier, after, by her account …
Discussion: ABC News and Althouse
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mass. Mayor Brandishes Gun During Late-Night Meeting With Rival  —  A Massachusetts councilman accused his town mayor of “intimidation” after he pulled out a gun during an informal, late-night meeting in an SUV between the two officials.  But the mayor disputes the claim, the Boston Herald reported.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
IRS chief: ‘Whenever we can, we follow the law’  —  During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the Internal Revenue Service tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period.  —  “Whenever we can, we follow the law,” …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Manu Raju / Politico:
2014 Kansas election: GOP scrambles to save Pat Roberts  —  The GOP's political machine is kicking into overdrive to save a Senate seat in Kansas that's suddenly complicating its path to the majority.  —  With polls showing Sen. Pat Roberts in serious trouble against independent Greg Orman …
kff.org:
2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey  —  This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and employer opinions.  The 2014 survey included almost three thousand interviews …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Candidates to draw straws unless lone voter brings ID  —  Unless a lone affidavit voter shows up with a valid photo ID before next Tuesday, Glenn Bolin and Stephanie Bounds will draw straws to see who becomes Poplarville alderman.  —  In a special election runoff Tuesday, Bolin and Bounds each received 177 votes.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The narrative-free 2014 primary season  —  Tuesday effectively ended the 2014 primary season — and what a season it was.  Actually, no, it wasn't.  —  No senators lost primaries, the tea party was less of a thing than in 2010 and 2012, and we didn't even really see a cohesive narrative form.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency  —  Tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations, the new political weapons of choice, are widening the gap between the rich people who control campaign financing and the economically anxious voters targeted by their ads.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Ted Cruz: Amendment threatens SNL  —  Sen. Ted Cruz says the comedy of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” is at risk and creator Lorne Michaels could be thrown in jail if a proposed Constitutional amendment on campaign finance is passed.  —  “Congress would have the power to make it a criminal offense …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
National Review On Wendy Davis: 'Maybe She Didn't' Have An Abortion  —  A piece at National Review is questioning whether Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's story about having an abortion in 1997 and fell into “deep, dark despair” afterward is real.
Travis Gibson / WJXX-TV:
Burglar breaks into home, takes nap  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Breaking into a home and gathering valuables can apparently be pretty tiring.  So one Sarasota thief decided to take a nap Monday before making off with jewelry.  Unfortunately for him, police arrived and snapped a picture before he woke up.
Discussion: myfox8.com
 
 
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