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3:00 AM ET, September 6, 2014

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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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial
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 …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
IRS SAYS IT HAS LOST EMAILS FROM 5 MORE EMPLOYEES … WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.  —  The tax agency said in June …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
More IRS employees lost emails  —  The IRS on Friday told Congress that five of the 82 people being questioned about the agency's tea party targeting scandal lost emails as a result of computer crashes, including one official who worked closely with former IRS official Lois Lerner.
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
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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 …
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Chris Lee / kff.org:
Premiums Set to Decline Slightly for Benchmark ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans in 2015
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alan Keyes: Obama Is Funding ISIS To Wage ‘War On The People Of The United States’  —  Alan Keyes has joined a growing chorus of far-right activists who claim that President Obama is secretly supporting ISIS, writing today in WorldNetDaily that Obama administration officials believe …
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
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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.”
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
Reihan Salam / Slate:
How the Suburbs Got Poor  —  Places that thrived in the era of two-parent families are struggling today.  —  When I was a small child, something called “the suburbs” kept snatching away my friends, like a monster hiding under the bed, but worse.  Over time, I've come to appreciate why my friends moved.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Dana Perino Bashes Obama For Being Shown Walking Alone At Stonehenge  —  Were you, concerned American citizen, dismayed by those pictures of President Obama touring Stonehenge on Friday?  Did it bother you that many of the photos showed Obama taking in the prehistoric structure by himself?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Hayley Munguia / FiveThirtyEight:
The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren't Talking About  —  When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore.  And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
A Wave Election?  —  The forecast looks favorable.  —  BY JAY COST  —  Labor Day marks the traditional start of the fall campaign season, and Republicans appear to be in a good position for the upcoming midterm elections.  No serious political analyst believes that the House of Representatives …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
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 …
William Marsden / Edmonton Journal:
Canada leads world in forest decline, report says  —  Boreal forests, like this one pictured in Northern Ontario, and others in Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, appear to have been hit particularly hard by wild fires and resource exploitation.  —  WASHINGTON - The world's virgin forests …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Hillary Rodham Clinton / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton reviews Henry Kissinger's ‘World Order’
Discussion: Power Line, CNN and Politico
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don't Feel Like a Party
Discussion: Washington Post and The Verge
Matt Watts / London Evening Standard:
Ringo Starr takes on IS over Beatles nickname: 'It's bulls**t... We stood for peace and love'
David Auerbach / Slate:
The gaming press declares that gamers are dead. But they are the ones who are becoming obsolete.
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Islamic State using Edward Snowden leaks to evade U.S. intelligence: NSA official
Discussion: Mediaite, Liberaland and Fox News
Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payroll Rise Is Weakest This Year at 142,000 for August
Discussion: naked capitalism
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP not giving up on Obamacare attacks
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush Sends Signals About 2016
ABC News:
Obama Vows to ‘Deepen and Broaden’ Sanctions Against Russia
Discussion: Politico
Agencies / Telegraph:
Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden
Discussion: Business Insider