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5:30 PM ET, September 5, 2014


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Timothy Noah /
Bob McDonnell's ‘family values’ fall short  —  “What shall it profit a man,” the Bible says (Mark 8:36), “if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  In the end, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a 1989 graduate of Pat Robertson's CBN (now Regent) University School of Law, never got to find out.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
For Bob McDonnell, a Miscalculation at the Scene of a Blunder  —  WASHINGTON — On Aug. 15, 2013, Bob McDonnell visited the site of one of Virginia's great tactical blunders.  —  As part of his final official tour of the state as its governor, Mr. McDonnell went to Ball's Bluff State Park in Leesburg …
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial  —  Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) says he and his wife “did not violate the law” after being indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with accepting bribes.  (Reuters)
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
How The ‘Core Coalition’ Against ISIS Stacks Up Against The 2003 Coalition  —  President Barack Obama, right, points as he stands alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, centre, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a flypast at the NATO summit in Wales
Discussion: Mashable
New York Times:
NATO Approves New Reaction Force for Eastern Europe
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Mediaite and Mashable
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks at Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary …
Discussion: TalkLeft and National Review
Our withdrawn review “Blood cotton”  —  Apology: In our review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, we said: “Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery.  Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains.”
Steven Pinker / The New Republic:
The Trouble With Harvard  —  The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it  —  The most-read article in the history of this magazine is not about war, politics, or great works of art.  It's about the admissions policies of a handful of elite universities …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Western military charter plane lands in Iran  —  An aircraft chartered by coalition forces in Afghanistan, en route from Bagram air base to Dubai, landed Friday in Bandar Abbas, Iran, after Iranian officials questioned its flight plan, U.S. officials said.  —  The plane had been contacted …
USA Today:
Mom: Daughter made to swap short skirt for ‘shame suit’  —  ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A mother claims her daughter was forced by her school to swap her too-short skirt for what she calls a “shame suit.”  —  When 15-year-old Miranda Larkin went to Oakleaf High School in a black skirt about three …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Obamacare train keeps not wrecking  —  President Barack Obama has not had a good couple of weeks.  His foreign policy is going badly, his legislative agenda is stalled, and his party looks likely to lose the Senate.  He's entering the traditional lame-duck years of a presidency …
Chris Lee /
Premiums Set to Decline Slightly for Benchmark ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans in 2015
More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order  —  More top Democrats are pressuring President Barack Obama to slow down on immigration reform, further diminishing the chances that he'll take sweeping administrative action before Election Day.  —  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) wants Obama to wait until after November.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP not giving up on Obamacare attacks
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Armed Militia Member Shot At By Border Patrol Agent Is A Convicted Felon  —  The armed militia member who was shot at by a border patrol agent last week is a convicted felon.  —  Rio Grande Valley TV station KRGV reported Wednesday that records show the man, John Frederick Forester …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Records: Armed Militia Member a Felon
Discussion: Liberaland
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Illinois Conservative Activist: Children Should Read Books About Their Same-Sex Parents Dying  —  The Illinois Family Institute (IFI) has a storied history of making extremely anti-LGBT comments, earning it a designation as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
David E Smith / Illinois Family Institute:
Do Librarians Really Care About Book-Banning?
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
New Book Says C.I.A. Official in Benghazi Held Up Rescue  —  CAIRO — Five commandos guarding the C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 say that the C.I.A. station chief stopped them from interceding in time to save the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an American technician during …
Marice Richter / Morning Call:
Texas daycare center accused of withholding water to keep diapers dry  —  A Texas child care center accused of duct-taping children to mats at nap time also withheld water from children to avoid frequent diaper changes, according to an investigation by the state's regulatory agency for child care licensing.
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Ukraine abandoned  —  At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy for confronting ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State, in Syria.  Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.
Discussion: AEIdeas and VodkaPundit
ABC News:
Obama Vows to ‘Deepen and Broaden’ Sanctions Against Russia
Discussion: Politico
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Congress Set to Bow to Obama on ISIS War  —  Congress says it wants to have a role in authorizing Obama's ongoing war against ISIS.  But the White House is using a series of maneuvers to make sure that never happens.  —  In recent days, leading lawmakers in both parties have been talking tough …
Officials: Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint From Estonian Soil (17)  —  According to the Internal Security Service (ISS), Estonia's national agency for counterintelligence and high-profile corruption investigations, one of their officials was abducted …
Defend Christians:
I'm Islamaphobic, Are You?  —  I confess, I'm “Islamaphobic,” but for very good reasons.  —  My fear is not an irrational fear based on uniformed prejudice; rather it's an historic, clear eyed, informed, rational fear.  ISSA is doing to America journalists what every true follower …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
The New Republic:
Democrats Just Put a GOP Senate Seat in Jeopardy—And Republicans Want to Suppress the Vote to Save It  —  Kansas Republican Senator Pat Robert's seat might be in jeopardy in November.  So too might Republican chances of winning back the Senate.  And it's all because of the huge shakeup …
The Cleveland Fed:
Reassessing the Beveridge Curve “Shift” Four Years Later  —  Early on in the current recovery, economists and policymakers were worried about a potential shift in the Beveridge curve—an empirical relationship between job openings and unemployment that is viewed as a measure of the efficiency …
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
How the Suburbs Got Poor
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Islamic State using Edward Snowden leaks to evade U.S. intelligence: NSA official
Discussion: Mediaite, Liberaland and Fox News
William Marsden / Edmonton Journal:
Canada leads world in forest decline, report says
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payroll Rise Is Weakest This Year at 142,000 for August
Discussion: naked capitalism
Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush Sends Signals About 2016
Discussion: American Prospect and Hot Air
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Syria May Have Hidden Chemical Arms, U.S. Says
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie won't take stand on immigration
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Jennifer Pompi / Washington Times:
Fed: Under Obama, only the richest 10 percent saw incomes rise
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Meet’ the Chuck Todd advantage
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Andrew Simmons / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience
Agencies / Telegraph:
Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden
Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
The need for a mighty U.S. military