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8:10 PM ET, September 3, 2014


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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Obama Suggests ISIS Must Be Destroyed (or Maybe Not)  —  ANALYSIS:  —  TALLINN, Estonia - President Obama has condemned the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, saying “we will not be intimidated ... justice will be done.”  —  But he offered a mixed message today about what exactly the United States wants to do about ISIS.
Fox News:
Conflicting Signals? Obama vows to ‘destroy’ ISIS, make it ‘manageable’
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama's ISIS War
Carolyn Kaster / JSOnline:
DNC chair Wasserman Schultz rips Scott Walker on women's issues  —  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the U.S. House from Florida, is shown speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 2012.  On Wednesday in Milwaukee, she criticized Gov. Scott Walker for his record on women's issues.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight's Senate Model Is Back And It Gives Republicans The Edge  —  The FiveThirtyEight Senate model is launching Wednesday.  We'll be rolling it out in stages, with additional features, functionality and further methodological detail.  We'll also be unveiling our new set …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Our Senate model is moving in Democrats' direction all of a sudden.  Why?  —  On July 15, Election Lab, WaPo's election model, gave Republicans an 86 percent chance of winning the six seats they needed to take over the Senate majority.  Today — 50 days later — it gives Republicans only a 52 percent chance of winning the majority.
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana Judge Breaks Marriage Equality's Unbroken Winning Streak In Federal Court
Discussion: ABC News
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Gay Marriage Suffers First Defeat In Federal Court Since SCOTUS Ruling
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.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Geraldo Rivera: Behead the ISIL ‘butchers’
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden On ISIS: “We Will Follow Them To The Gates Of Hell Until They Are Brought To Justice”
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 …
Peter / Reuters:
U.S., allies to stage exercises in West Ukraine as battles rage in East  —  (Reuters) - As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Dish
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Cops: Gun Range Claimed Uzi Release Forms ‘Were Blown Away By The Wind’  —  Staff at an Arizona gun range reportedly told investigators that the release forms signed by the family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi last week were unavailable because they had been “blown away by the wind.”
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Rand Paul's remarkable metamorphosis  —  After declaring certain Christian defenders of Israel to be “warmongers,” arguing we could not defeat the Islamic State without being an air force for Iran, opining we didn't have a national security interest in Syria or Iraq, accusing interventionists …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Rauner admits $100K wine club; Quinn whines of banana breakfast  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is known for wearing an $18 watch in TV campaign ads.  But when it comes to wine, he's not exactly popping open bottles of “Two-Buck Chuck.”  —  On Tuesday, Rauner disclosed …
Bryan Lowryeagle Topeka / Wichita Eagle:
Democrat Chad Taylor drops out of U.S. Senate race against Pat Roberts, Greg Orman  —  ›  —  ‹  —  The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate has decided to drop out of the race, opening room for an independent to draw a broader base of support.
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
Ken White / Popehat:
Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?  —  Sundance Vacations would like to bill itself as a purveyor of wholesale and discount vacations.  But on the internet, it is widely described as a sleazy hard-sell telemarketer selling sales presentations.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Will Textualism Kill Obamacare?  —  The Affordable Care Act is heading for another near-death experience in the Supreme Court.  In July, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling in Halbig v. Burwell that would greatly limit the number of people who are eligible for subsidized health insurance.
Discussion: Business Insider
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown: It's Not My Job To Create Jobs (VIDEO)  —  Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), now a U.S. Senate candidate in New Hampshire, said that his job isn't to create jobs.  That's for other Americans.  —  Instead, he said, his job is to get the government out of the way.
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Rebecca Ford / Hollywood Reporter:
George Clooney to Direct Phone-Hacking Scandal Movie for Sony
Discussion: Politico and Jezebel
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Bonjour, Malaise  —  Barack Obama's “malaise moment” …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Prioritize Border Security in Immigration Debate
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project:
As Growth Stalls, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Becomes More Settled
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Who runs for office? A profile of the 2%
Discussion: Washington Post
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