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9:35 AM ET, September 4, 2014


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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Legal questions complicate Dem's exit from Kansas Senate race  —  Despite filing papers with the Kansas secretary of State withdrawing from the Senate race late Wednesday, Democrat Chad Taylor may be stuck on the ballot this fall.  —  Two election law statutes have raised questions …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Manu Raju / Politico:
Dem's withdrawal poses threat to Roberts  —  A Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Kansas has withdrawn from the race, paving the way for a serious third-party contender against long-time Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.  —  Chad Taylor, a little-known and under-funded candidate who won …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Dulle / Kansas First News:
Taylor withdraws from US Senate race
Discussion: Wichita Eagle
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.
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” …
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 …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Inquiry to Focus on Practices of Police in Ferguson
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: TPNN and The Gateway Pundit
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’
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 …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Senate Control May Turn on Who's More Unloved, Obama or G.O.P.
John Harwood / New York Times:
Voting Restrictions Are Key Variable in Midterm Elections
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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. …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
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.
John Bacon / USA Today:
Al-Qaeda announces jihad in India  —  Al-Qaeda commander Ayman al-Zawahari released a videotape Thursday announcing plans for a new wing of the terrorist group dedicated to waging jihad in the Indian subcontinent.  —  “Our brothers in Burma, Kashmir, Islamabad, Bangladesh …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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,” …
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.
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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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)
Discussion: American Prospect
Michael Brown / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Juvenile court: Michael Brown had no serious felony convictions, did not face felony charges