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4:10 PM ET, August 9, 2014


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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on America and the World  —  President Obama's hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs.  (The Tea Party can claim the other half.)
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Feinstein Warns of Risk of ISIL Attack on America, Says Must Be Confronted  —  Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.  —  “It has become clear that ISIL …
New York Times:
Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode …
Discussion: Althouse and The Dish
New York Times:
Obama Warns of ‘Long-Term’ Iraq Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — Laying the groundwork for an extended airstrike campaign against Sunni militants in Iraq, President Obama said Saturday that the strikes that began the day before could continue for months as the Iraqis build a new government.
Obama: No timetable for Iraq airstrikes  —  U.S. airstrikes have “successfully destroyed arms and equipment” that terrorists with ISIS could have used against the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil in Iraq, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday.  —  “We feel confident” …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Feinstein: ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday said the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) must be confronted forcefully by the U.S., though she stopped short of calling for boots on the ground.
New York Times:
Preventing a Slaughter in Iraq  —  The catastrophe of Iraq has been growing steadily worse for weeks, but by Thursday, it became impossible for the United States and other civilized nations to ignore it.  Iraq's bloodthirsty Sunni extremists were threatening the extermination of tens …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Left frets over Iraq mission creep  —  The president's expansion of the U.S. military mission in Iraq is conjuring up two dirty little words for anti-war Democrats: Mission creep.  —  Just two months ago, when Obama announced he was going to send up to 300 American troops to Iraq …
Washington Post:
Obama's authorization of Iraq airstrikes isn't connected to a coherent strategy  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
McCain Calls Obama's ‘Pinprick’ Iraq Strikes ‘Meaningless’ and ‘Almost Worse Than Nothing’
Monte Reel / New York Times:
The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who's Buying Up All the World's Vinyl Records  —  Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten.
Ben Chapman / NY Daily News:
Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach’  —  The wild remarks came during last month's American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles.  ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach.  Thank you very much!’
Kellan Howell / Washington Times:
London nun tears down ISIL flag from building … A nun in east London climbed to the top of a local building and ripped down a flag similar to the one flown by Jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq.  —  IB Times reported Friday that the flag was being flown alongside Palestinian flags and slogans in support of Gaza.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
May the government try John Hinckley for James Brady's murder?  —  John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington on Nov. 18, 2003.  Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 in an attempt to impress Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, who he had been writing poems …
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Coroner Is Said to Rule James Brady's Death a Homicide, 33 Years After a Shooting
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Fools at the Fire  —  In the heat, in the still gloaming …
Discussion: The Mahablog and NewsBusters
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Redraws an Election Map That Was Ruled to Be Unconstitutional
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