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2:35 PM ET, September 3, 2014


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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Death of Steven Sotloff  —  In the final moments before an ISIS executioner beheaded the American journalist Steven Sotloff, the masked man offered up, in an English accent, a message to his viewers: “We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America …
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State, had deep roots in Israel
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   Kerry calls Sotloff murder a ‘punch to the gut’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
‘We will not be intimidated’ by ISIS
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama's ISIS War
The Hill:
Lawmakers to Obama: Hit ISIS
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
New poll says large majority of Americans believe Redskins should not change name  —  (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)  —  A large but shrinking majority of Americans say the Washington Redskins should not change their team's name, according to a poll released Tuesday finding …
Poll: 71 percent say keep Redskins
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Phil Robertson's Plan For Combating ISIS: ‘Convert Them Or Kill Them’  —  “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson put forward a strategy Tuesday for combating militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: “convert them or kill them.”  —  Robertson was asked to opine on Fox News' …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and Gawker
Jessica Roy / New York Magazine:
Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled  —  Emma Sulkowicz staged the piece of performance art as a protest against Columbia's handling of her sexual-assault case.  —  1.9k  —  Shares  —  1.8k  —  Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped …
Tom Lyden /
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS fighter worked at Minneapolis airport  —  He was the second known American killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria, and the second from Minnesota — and a Fox 9 exclusive uncovering his employment history is raising a few eyebrows.  —  An airport is probably the last place anyone …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Biden: ISIL will reside in hell  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered a fiery response to the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, telling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants that the U.S. will “follow them to the gates of hell.”  —  “[W]hen people harm Americans, we don't retreat.
Discussion: National Review
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Geraldo Rivera: Behead the ISIL ‘butchers’
Office of Media Relations:
Economy Will Drive Midterm Elections, GW Battleground Poll Shows  —  Voters Remain Unhappy with President and Congress  —  MEDIA CONTACTS:  —  Jason Shevrin: 202-994-5631,  —  Emily Grebenstein: 202-994-3087,  —  WASHINGTON—An overwhelming majority …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Our Senate model is moving in Democrats' direction all of a sudden. Why?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: Let's change Constitution  —  Sen. Tom Coburn is pushing for a national convention to amend the Constitution.  —  The Oklahoma Republican, who has grown disenchanted with gridlock in Washington, will officially launch his effort after he retires from the Senate in a few months.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage  —  A traditional view of marriage is about much more than today's politics.  It's deeply woven into the 2,000-year-old ethic at the heart of our faith.  —  A majority of Americans already favor same-sex marriage …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Pew Research Center:
Who runs for office?  A profile of the 2%  —  There are 90,107 government units in the U.S. — everything from county governments (3,031) to independent school district governments (12,880), according to 2012 Census Bureau data.  Some governments have appointed officials …
Discussion: Washington Post
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Ready, Aim, Fire.  Not Fire, Ready, Aim.  —  President Obama has been excoriated for declaring that “we don't have a strategy yet” for effectively confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.  In criticizing Obama for taking too much time, Representative Mike Rogers …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Louisiana Marriage Ban Is Constitutional, Federal Judge Rules  —  “The State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process.”  The first federal court ruling upholding a ban in the past year.
Discussion: ACS Blog and Daily Kos
5 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die  —  If we're genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight  —  Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false.  Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Kaitlin Stack Whitney / The Atlantic Online:
The Secret Pot-Growing Operations in America's Cornfields  —  On any given weekday in the summer, you will find me walking through fields counting bugs.  In fact, it's my job: I'm an ecologist studying the communities of insects that live in agricultural landscapes.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible  —  If the trial balloons the White House floated late last week reflect President Obama's true thinking, then Senate Democrats have frightened him out of his pledge to curb deportations of unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in the United States this month.
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   Democrats' Midterm Wish: The Government Shutdown That Won't Happen
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Discussion: Althouse
Dan Diamond / Forbes:
A Labor Chart For Labor Day: U.S. Has Gained 9.2 Million Jobs Since Recession's Lowest Point
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jake New / Inside Higher Ed:
New book blames colleges for many college graduates' difficult adjustment to adulthood
Discussion: New York Times and National Review