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11:55 AM ET, September 7, 2014

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NBC News:
Pryor loses his lead in Arkansas  —  While Cotton holds a five-point lead among likely voters in Arkansas' Senate contest, he is tied with Pryor among registered voters at 41 percent each.  —  Yet back in May's NBC/Marist poll, Pryor had an 11-point advantage here.  (The May poll did not have a result among likely voters.)
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama on golfing optics: Part of my job is ‘theater’  —  President Obama said he was near tears while talking to the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley, and he appeared to express some misgivings about his decision to play golf minutes after delivering an angry public statement about Foley's killing in Syria three weeks ago.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Insists ‘My Time Has Come And Gone’  —  Mitt Romney on Sunday inevitably denied any plans to run for president in 2016.  —  “I've spoken on this topic so many times, I don't have anything new to add, he said on “Fox News Sunday.  ” “I'm not running, and I'm not planning on running.
Daily Mail:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain's most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders  —  It is the greatest murder mystery of all time, a puzzle that has perplexed criminologists for more than a century and spawned books …
New York Times:
Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks  —  WASHINGTON — The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway's partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress …
Reuters:
On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to ‘Take Them Out’ … Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Obama of underestimating and misjudging the threat posed by ISIS, but said he should seek congressional approval before deciding whether to escalate the military campaign against the Islamic extremists.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The 2016 Republican dark horses  —  As the 2016 White House race begins to form, more than a few dark horse GOP candidates could end up breaking away from the pack.  —  With the Republican presidential field wide open, the campaign could be a repeat 2012, when even candidates thought …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Jorge Ramos Torches Obama For Punting On Immigration  —  The Obama administration's decision to delay taking executive action on immigration until after the November midterms did not site well with Fusion's Jorge Ramos.  —  Shortly after news of the delay broke on Saturday …
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Washington Examiner:
We still don't know why Lois Lerner's Blackberry was wiped clean  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL TAXES TEA PARTY IRS HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SMARTPHONES LOIS LERNER SCANDALS  —  As lawmakers return to Washington to continue the search for thousands of missing subpoenaed emails related …
Discussion: Associated Press
Emily Welker / INFORUM:
MSUM wrestler suspended from team after being accused of rape in dorm room  —  MOORHEAD - A Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestler is accused of getting another student drunk in his dorm room Labor Day evening, and raping her while videotaping it and after inviting other students on his floor to come watch.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Leading From Within  —  I DON'T know what action will be sufficient to roll back both the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, but I do know what's necessary.  And it's not “leading from behind,” which didn't really work for President Obama in Libya …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Greta Van Susteren: White House Pressured Me to Get FOX Reporter to Drop Benghazi Investigation (Video)  —  US Benghazi consulate destroyed under Obama.  —  Greta Van Susteren admitted Friday “Off the Record” that she was called by the Obama White House and told to push FOX reporter Jennifer Griffin to drop her Benghazi investigation.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Nicholas Schmidle / New Yorker:
Inside the Failed Raid to Save Foley and Sotloff  —  In June, two teams of F.B.I. agents travelled to separate locations in Europe to interview two men who had been prisoners of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS.  Both former hostages had been held in northern Syria and were released …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
On Eve of the Democratic Primary, Cuomo Briefly Hits the Campaign Trail
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Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Fitch downgrades N.J. debt, saying Christie is repudiating his pension reform