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1:25 AM ET, September 2, 2014


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The Atlantic Online:
It's Still Not the End of History  —  Twenty-five years after Francis Fukuyama's landmark essay, liberal democracy is increasingly beset.  Its defenders need to go back to the basics.  —  Most of us in the West are liberals, whether we admit it or not.  We want equal rights for all …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Journalist Roughed Up And Removed From Georgia GOP Event  —  Over the past week there's been something of a brouhaha surrounding a journalist being forcibly removed from a local Republican event in Georgia.  —  The journalist was Nydia Tisdale, who went to Burt's Farm in Dawsonville …
3 Columbus churches vandalized with graffiti overnight  —  Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.  —  Someone spray painted them on the outside.  It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
FEMINIST BULLIES TEARING THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY APART  —  It's easy to mock video gamers as dorky loners in yellowing underpants.  Indeed, in previous columns, I've done it myself.  Occasionally at length.  But, the more you learn about the latest scandal in the games industry …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Kurt Schlichter /
Why Won't Endangered Democrat Senate Candidates Repudiate Their Todd Akin?  —  SHARES  —  There are a whole bunch of Democrats running for Senate this year, though in this case “running” seems to mean running as far away as possible from failed liberal messiah Barack Obama.
Eli Rosenberg / NY Daily News:
Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma as family considers lawsuit over botched procedure: sources  —  The comedian's only child, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Sunday that she is keeping her ‘fingers crossed.’ A source tells the Daily News that there is a concern …
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michele, Other Celebs Victims Of More Alleged Photo And Video Leaks  —  The leak appears to have originated on 4chan's /b/ board.  This post is SFW.  Update: The invasion of celebrities' private pictures has continued as a kind of festival on online spaces into Monday night.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A new term for reform of schools  —  Here's Whoopi Goldberg on America's schools today: “To me, bad teachers don't do anybody any good.  So the unions need to recognize that parents are not going to stand for it anymore.”  —  Here's New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni …
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet  —  People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and ACP Journal Club
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
President Obama: GOP ‘says no to everything’  —  President Barack Obama used his Labor Day speech on Monday to slam Republicans for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, equal pay for women, affordable health care and more.  —  “Republicans in Congress love to say ‘no.’ Those are just facts, they're facts of life.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage  —  Note: The following is adapted from the author's forthcoming book, Injustices: The Supreme Court's Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jack Moore / International Business Times:
Ukraine Crisis: ‘If I Want, I Will Take Kiev in Two Weeks’, Putin Warns EU's Barroso  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could “take Kiev in two weeks” if he wanted, Italian media reports have said.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Florida Man At ‘Shoot Straight’ Gun Range Wounds Himself And A Friend  —  A man ended up shooting himself and his friend when he tried to unjam a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a shooting range on Sunday, police in Florida said.  —  According to the Orlando Sentinel, the men …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:   Two injured in accidental shooting at Casselberry gun store
Patrick Svitek / Texas Politics:
Indictment mischaracterized in deleted tweet from Perry account  —  AUSTIN — A tweet mischaracterizing Gov. Rick Perry's indictment was sent Sunday evening from his personal account, setting the social network abuzz and leaving his critics fuming.  A few hours later, the message was deleted, with his account calling it “unauthorized.”
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Rick Perry deletes ‘drunk’ DA tweet
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’
Discussion: Balkinization
Americans detained in North Korea speak to CNN, ask for U.S. help
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Banning Russian-made AK-47s sets off a U.S. buying frenzy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Studies Foreign Affairs for a 2016 Test
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Anti-Labor Day  —  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?
Libyan militia uses vacated U.S. Embassy in Libya as swim club
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Medicare Miracle
Discussion: The Mahablog