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8:05 AM ET, September 4, 2014


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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to probe Ferguson police force  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this week will launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, according to two federal law enforcement officials.  —  The investigation, which could be announced as early …
Michael Brown / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Juvenile court: Michael Brown had no serious felony convictions, did not face felony charges
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Inquiry to Focus on Practices of Police in Ferguson
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
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.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Dem's withdrawal poses threat to Roberts
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Dulle / Kansas First News:
Taylor withdraws from US Senate race
Discussion: Wichita Eagle
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:   Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Gov. Scott Walker gives women ‘back of his hand’
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Warren: Destroying ISIS should be ‘No. 1 priority’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that the Obama administration should make defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) its top priority.  —  “ISIS is growing in strength.  It has money, it has organization, it has the capacity to inflict real damage.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Rand Paul's remarkable metamorphosis
Fox News:
Conflicting Signals? Obama vows to ‘destroy’ ISIS, make it ‘manageable’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth  —  In a presidency of many ‘critical junctures,’ this time his foreign policy legacy is truly on the line—and if he can lead now on ISIS and Putin, we'll soon forget his recent history.  —  We read so many stories about this “critical juncture” …
Peter / Reuters:
U.S., allies to stage exercises in West Ukraine as battles rage in East
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg to Return to Lead Company He Founded  —  Michael R. Bloomberg will reassume the leadership of his business empire only eight months after ending his final term as mayor of New York.  —  Late Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg told close confidants and senior executives of Bloomberg L.P. …
DANIEL L. DOCTOROFF STEPPING ASIDE AS CEO OF BLOOMBERG LP AT END OF 2014  —  Michael R. Bloomberg Reassumes Leadership of Company He Founded  —  Bloomberg Praises Doctoroff's Leadership and Business Achievements  —  New York, NY — Bloomberg LP and Michael R. Bloomberg …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
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 …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Voting Restrictions Are Key Variable in Midterm Elections
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Our Senate model is moving in Democrats' direction all of a sudden. Why?
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg View
The Times:
We will not be cowed by barbaric killers  —  David Cameron and Barack Obama  —  As Russia holds a gun to Ukraine and Islamic extremists commit despicable murder, Nato must strengthen its alliance  —  When Nato last met in Britain in 1990 the Cold War was ending.
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.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
Shawn Boburg /
Port Authority cops told not to reopen GWB access lanes during Fort Lee jam  —  On the second day of the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year, a Port Authority police officer stationed at a gridlocked intersection picked up the two-way radio in his patrol car.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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.
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: The Reaction and ABC News
Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg:
Tesla chooses Nevada for battery factory: Sources  —  Tesla has finally decided that it will build its $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant—dubbed the gigafactory—in Nevada, sources say.  —  “That's a go, but they are still negotiating the specifics of the contract,” …
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 …
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Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Per Capita Medicare Spending Is Actually Falling
House GOP moves toward Export-Import Bank deal
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Homework Helper: Math Tips for the Common Core
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Rosie Perez & Nicolle Wallace To Join ‘The View’ As New Co-Hosts
Masha Gessen / New York Review of Books:
The Dying Russians  —  Sometime in 1993, after several trips …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Mark Begich: Says Dan Sullivan approved a “light sentence” …
NY Daily News:
Sack the name  —  The Daily News will no longer refer …
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Ford / Hollywood Reporter:
George Clooney to Direct Phone-Hacking Scandal Movie for Sony
Discussion: Jezebel and Politico
Ken White / Popehat:
Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?
Discussion: Techdirt
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown: It's Not My Job To Create Jobs (VIDEO)
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Will Textualism Kill Obamacare?
Discussion: Business Insider