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8:45 PM ET, September 15, 2014


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Sharyl Attkisson / Daily Signal:
Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review  —  As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants …
The Hill:
Republicans to limit Obama's aid to moderate Syrian rebel forces  —  House Republicans expect to unveil legislation Monday evening that would give President Obama the authority to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, but with some limits on that authority.  —  The House Armed Services Committee …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hullabaloo
The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Worries Islamic State Will Destroy Americans, Wipe Out Mankind  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama's strategy for combating Islamic State militants and said the president needs to significantly step up military action …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CANNONFIRE and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul: As world changes, ‘you change’  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Monday pushed back against heightened criticism that he has flip-flopped on foreign policy issues, saying he has stood firmly against the Obama administration's policies in Syria.  —  Appearing on CBS “This Morning,” …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Have Nerds Betrayed the Left?  —  Thomas Frank has identified the enemy of true populism: political science.  —  Shares  —  A couple of weeks ago, Tom Frank, author of What's the Matter With Kansas?, sympathetically interviewed academic-activist Cornel West, both of whom agreed that Barack Obama has betrayed the left.
Thomas Frank / Salon:
All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Thomas Frank: What's The Matter With The Democratic Party?
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Republicans ‘trying to get you to check your brain at the door’  —  Former President Bill Clinton railed against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday and framed the midterm elections as more broadly about defining “the terms in which we will relate to each other and relate to the rest of the world.”
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
This Is What's Truly At Stake In The Battle For Senate Control
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Skeet-Shooting Grimes Tells McConnell 'That's Not How You Hold A Gun'
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeremy Rogalski / KHOU-TV:NEW!
New accusations: Peterson injured another son while disciplining 4-year-old  —  The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child.  —  CONNECT  —  Photos and text messages obtained …
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt  —  The “vintage Kent State” sweatshirt is for sale in the women's section of the Urban Outfitters' website.  —  —  It can be found through a quick search on the website:
Urban Outfitters / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense …
Sarfraz Manzoor / New York Times:
Multiculturalism and Rape in Rotherham  —  LONDON — A man recently came to visit the member of Parliament for Rotherham, Yorkshire, and he had a question.  Now in his late 50s, he had arrived from Pakistan three decades earlier.  After a lifetime of hard work, he could not understand …
Daily Mail:
Rotherham child-sex victim confronts her alleged abuser in the street... but SHE is arrested by a van load of police
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Kirsten Gillibrand: I Couldn't Tell My Harasser ‘To Go F*** Himself’  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Monday that when a male labor leader harassed her about her weight several years ago after she'd had a baby, she had a few choice words she couldn't say at the time.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
Allie Jones / Gawker:
Limbaugh on Sexual Assault: “No Means Yes If You Know How to Spot It”  —  The sweaty armpit of talk radio now fancies himself to be a “seduction” expert.  On his show today, Rush Limbaugh decried Ohio State's new policy instructing students to get explicit, verbal consent before having sex …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dem Sen. Harkin: Hillary Clinton's fingerprints ‘all over’ ObamaCare  —  Hillary Clinton played a crucial role in making President Obama's healthcare law a reality, a retiring Democratic senator told a crowd in Iowa on Sunday.  —  Clinton's “fingerprints are all over” the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: CBS DC, The Daily Banter and BuzzFeed
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona GOPer: Women On Welfare Should Be Sterilized  —  Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party on Sunday amid criticism by prominent Republican candidates of Pearce's recent comments on sterilization and poor women.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Wonkette and Liberaland
USA Today:
Senate has a secret book of rules  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tom Raum / Associated Press:NEW!
US Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire Fired Workers  —  The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers.  —  The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling …
Discussion: Politico
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Please—Let's Not Destroy ISIS  —  Obama's mission is hard enough without him stating a clearly unachievable goal.  Why do presidents feel they have to sound like John Wayne?  —  Americans should support this mission against ISIS.  One may well choose to do so warily, because …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: Alaska, A Frontier For Bad Polling  —  The Senate race in Alaska is as important as any in the country.  As we've described previously, Republicans can win a Senate majority by winning the race there along with those in five other deeply red states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Turning Tables, Democrats Use Cultural Issues as a Cudgel  —  RESTON, Va. — After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.  —  Democrats see social issues as potent …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Lobbyist, lawyer Thomas H. Boggs Jr. dead at 73  —  Thomas H. Boggs Jr., who sat for years at the epicenter of Washington legal and political circles as the city's marquee name in lobbying and political fund-raising, died Sept. 15 at his home in Chevy Chase.  He was 73.
Abby Simons / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Franken leads McFadden by double digits  —  But double-digit lead over McFadden is reversed in northern Minnesota.  —  U.S. Sen. Al Franken leads his Republican challenger Mike McFadden by double digits, but that lead narrows dramatically outside the metro area and flips …
Marissa Evans / Morning Consult:
The Three Words That Shift Views On Medicaid  —  Three little words is all it takes to change voters' minds about Medicaid expansion.  —  Morning Consult polling shows using the term “Affordable Care Act” can make a difference in how a voter feels about expanding Medicaid.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
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Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
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Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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