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4:10 PM ET, September 5, 2014

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Economist:
Our withdrawn review “Blood cotton”  —  Apology: In our review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, we said: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.”
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Reuters:
U.S. says forms ‘core coalition’ to counter Iraq militants  —  (Reuters) - The United States said it had created a “core coalition” on Friday to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling for broad support from allies and partners around the world but ruling out committing ground forces.
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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
New York Times:
NATO Approves New Reaction Force for Eastern Europe
Discussion: Mediaite and Mashable
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: Washington Monthly
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
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KRGV-TV:
Records: Armed Militia Member a Felon
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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Chris Lee / kff.org:
Premiums Set to Decline Slightly for Benchmark ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans in 2015
Politico:
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.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP not giving up on Obamacare attacks
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Meet’ the Chuck Todd advantage  —  Todd's roundtable will feature regular contributors, including Joe Scarborough, who has been promoted to NBC News senior political analyst and a regular contributor to “Meet.”  (Todd dismisses any suggestion that Scarborough doesn't fit the bill for reported analysis …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Chuck Todd to interview President Obama on first ‘Meet The Press’ broadcast
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Timothy Noah / msnbc.com:
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial
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
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ABC News:
Obama Vows to ‘Deepen and Broaden’ Sanctions Against Russia
Discussion: Politico
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 myfox8.com
Agencies / Telegraph:
Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden  —  Palmira Silva was decapitated at her home in Edmonton in an indiscriminate rampage before armed police subdued her ‘crazed’ attacker  —  An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London suburban garden by a man with a machete.
ERR:
Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint, Foreign Ministry Summons Russian Ambassador (17)  —  According to the Internal Security Service (ISS), Estonia's national agency for counterintelligence and high-profile corruption investigations, one of their officials …
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 …
Samantha Sharf / Forbes:
Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Added Just 142,000 Jobs In August, Unemployment Down To 6.1%  —  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a significantly weaker than expected August jobs report Friday morning.  —  Employers added just 142,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than the 225,000 economists …
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
 
 
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Islamic State using Edward Snowden leaks to evade U.S. intelligence: NSA official
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite 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
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Syria May Have Hidden Chemical Arms, U.S. Says
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie won't take stand on immigration
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Pompi / Washington Times:
Fed: Under Obama, only the richest 10 percent saw incomes rise
John Cook / The Intercept:
The CIA's Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication
Andrew Simmons / The Atlantic Online:
Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Holder: Civil rights probe into Trayvon Martin shooting still active
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and Instapundit
Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
The need for a mighty U.S. military
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Do Newspapers Keep Publishing Op-Eds by John McCain?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos