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1:25 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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Kerry calls Sotloff murder a ‘punch to the gut’  —  The brutal execution of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants was a “punch to the gut,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.  —  “For so many who worked so long to bring Steven and the other Americans home safely, this was not how the story should've ended.
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State, had deep roots in Israel
Justin Sink / The Hill:
‘We will not be intimidated’ by ISIS
Discussion: Power Line
The Hill:
Lawmakers to Obama: Hit ISIS
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama's ISIS War
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 …
Erica Ritz /
Why Glenn Beck Said Hillary Clinton ‘Will Be the Next President of the United States’  —  Glenn Beck said on his radio program Tuesday that “Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.”  —  Beck said he received information from a friend of his, who is also friends with the …
Poll: 71 percent say keep Redskins
Discussion: NewsBusters, ABC News and Hot Air
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 …
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
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.
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
A Huge Abortion Win in Texas  —  But will it last?  —  Late Friday, after many of us checked out for the long weekend, a judge in Texas blocked the state from shutting down most of its abortion clinics.  Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the state's “brutally effective system of abortion regulation …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.  —  “I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Geraldo Rivera: Behead the ISIL ‘butchers’  —  Fox News' Geraldo Rivera called on President Barack Obama on Wednesday to “behead the ISIS butchers.”  —  “Morning, the president finally declared our strategic goal to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS,” Rivera wrote on Twitter.  The tweet continued: “We must hold him to it.
Discussion: Twitchy and Mediaite
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Discussion: Althouse
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
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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
Devin Fergus / Washington Post:
My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan.
Discussion: and Power Line