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5:30 PM ET, September 4, 2014


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Washington Post:
Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts  —  RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ex-Governor McDonnell and Wife Convicted After Corruption Trial  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of corruption in federal court Thursday, following a trial that halted the political ascent of the one-time Republican star and peeled …
Alexander Burns / Politico:   Bob McDonnell in limbo: ‘Remarkably at peace’
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
National G.O.P. Moves to Take Over Campaign of Kansas Senator  —  WASHINGTON — National Republicans on Thursday moved to take control of the campaign of Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, a day after his hopes for re-election and those of his party for taking control of the Senate were threatened …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Senate Race In Kansas Just Got Crazy  —  The past few weeks haven't produced much good news for Democrats' hopes of retaining the Senate.  While their position is far from catastrophic — the Senate playing field is broad this year, and the outcome of many races is uncertain …
Nathan L. Gonzales / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Pat Roberts is the Most Vulnerable Republican Senator in the Country
Bryan Lowryeagle Topeka / Wichita Eagle:
Despite tough primary, Sen. Pat Roberts' path to victory in November smoother than opponents'
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: ‘I Am Not an Isolationist’  —  If I had been in President Obama's shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS  —  Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily.  They shouldn't be.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Collapse of Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: Israel Matzav
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The Three-Headed Monster Challenging Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Romano / Yahoo! News:
Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street ‘Revolving Door’
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Joan Rivers, a Comedic Stiletto, Dies at 81  —  Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America's obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television …
Maria Elena Fernandez / NBC News:
Comedy and TV Legend Joan Rivers Dies at 81  —  Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of “Can We Talk?” gossip, has died.  She was 81.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Withdraws Decision Defunding Obamacare  —  In July, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a decision defunding much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This effort to implement Sen. Ted Cruz's …
ABC News:
Court Grants Obama Plea to Re-Hear Health Case
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Huffington Post hires 9/11 truther to cover national security  —  The Huffington Post's Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security.  —  Stallworth, a wide receiver in the NFL since 2002 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Delaware Guv ‘Inadvertently’ Tweeted Photo Of Woman In Bondage Gear  —  Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) tweeted Thursday that his staff was “looking into” how an “inappropriate” photo of a woman in bondage gear was sent out from his Twitter account.  —  The tweet, which promoted …
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Has Greenwald, Inc. peaked?  —  Thanks to Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald went from blogging to the big time.  But his stock may be dropping fast.  —  For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News and Analysis: Federal Court Grants Injunction Restoring Early Voting in Ohio  —  I have now had a chance to give an initial read the 71-page federal district court opinion in Ohio State Conference of the NAACP v. Husted.  This is a significant case, which could potentially make it to the Supreme Court.
USA Today:
Reports of missing Libyan planes raise 9/11 terror fears  —  Reports that 11 commercial jetliners are missing from the main airport in Libya's capital of Tripoli are raising fears that militants could use them in terrorist attacks to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11 next week.
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
An Old Contempt in Rotherham  —  What is saddest about the mass sexual exploitation of children in the town of Rotherham, in the North of England, is that it happened at all.  But what is most infuriating is that, despite numerous alerts from social workers and at least three independent investigations …
Discussion: Gatestone Institute
Barbara Grijalva / Tucson News Now:
Armed border militia confronts conservationists counting bats  —  TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It was a case of mistaken identity that, authorities say, could have gone very wrong.  —  Authorities say, apparently, a group of heavily-armed border militia members mistook conservationists researching bats …
Shakara Robinson / WDJT-TV:
Congresswoman Gwen Moore arrested during minimum wage protest … MILWAUKEE — U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore has been arrested by West Milwaukee police during a minimum wage protest on Miller Park Way.  —  So far 25 people have been arrested by police officers while protesting in front of the Miller Park Way McDonald's.
Nell Gluckman / Bangor Daily News:
LePage says cost of energy keeps wages low, drives business from Maine  —  ORONO, Maine — A week after L.L. Bean announced it will close its Bangor call center and on the same day that Verizon Wireless said it would add 90 customer service employees to its local facility …
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New York Times:
BP Negligent in 2010 Oil Spill, U.S. Judge Rules
Discussion: Prairie Weather
White Blog:
President Obama Names Megan Smith U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray Deputy U.S. CTO
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Re/code
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
The Greatest Threat to Our Liberty Is Local Governments Run Amok
Discussion: The Federalist and Washington Post
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
Froomkin Blogs Again: Obama Makes Bushism the New Normal
Erik Rush / WND:
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
A Louisiana Judge Takes Aim at Gay Marriage—and Justice Kennedy
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Dish and SCOTUSblog
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
CMS: Health spending to hit $5.2T within 10 years
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Fast food workers take to streets to demand $15 minimum wage
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Brit Hume: Obama told a friend of mine before he was elected, “Wouldn't it be great for the world if I were president?”
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth