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5:50 PM ET, September 7, 2014

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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.)
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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Oresmas / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Romney Says He Would've Been A Better President But Refuses To Run Again  —  The former Massachusetts Governor and twice failed Presidential candidate spoke with Fox News' Chris Wallace about how he would've done a better job than Obama or Hillary.  It may sound like he's gearing up for another run but he squashes those rumors
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Romney: I Would Have Done a Better Job Than Obama
Discussion: Politico
Jeff Preval / WGRZ-TV:
Gun Store Mistakenly Sold Illegal Weapons  —  Gun Store Mistakenly Sold Illegal Weapons WGRZ  —  ALBION, NY - An Orleans County gun shop manager is furious.  —  The manager says last week, state police threatened to raid his business if he didn't hand over customer purchase records.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
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 …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Below is the full transcript of Chuck Todd's exclusive interview with President Barack Obama for NBC's Meet the Press.  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  Mr. President, welcome back to your 12th appearance on Meet the Press.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA:  —  Great to see you.  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  Thanks for doing this.
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 …
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 …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Blames Border Crisis for Immigration Reform Delay  —  In the sit-down with Todd, Obama rejected criticism that the postponement is merely a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before contentious midterm elections, saying that the delay will help …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Jorge Ramos Torches Obama For Punting On Immigration
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Delays Immigration Action, Yielding to Democratic Concerns
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 …
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Greta Van Susteren: White House Pressured Me to Get FOX Reporter to Drop Benghazi Investigation (Video)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Emily Welker / INFORUM:
MSUM wrestler suspended from team after being accused of rape in dorm room
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
On Eve of the Democratic Primary, Cuomo Briefly Hits the Campaign Trail
Discussion: Corrente
Nicholas Schmidle / New Yorker:
Inside the Failed Raid to Save Foley and Sotloff
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