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1:00 AM ET, September 8, 2014

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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Romney: ‘No question’ I would've been a better president than Obama  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted President Obama on Sunday for his response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying there's “no question” he would've been a better president.
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Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Romney: I Would Have Done a Better Job Than Obama  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there is no question in his mind that he would have been more effective in the White House than President Barack Obama.  But he reiterates he has no plans to run again.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Politico
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Insists ‘My Time Has Come And Gone’
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude  —  President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd.  The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq and Syria.  Much could be said about Obama's comments, but what struck me most was how disassociated …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Ed Driscoll
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.)
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
How the federal corruption case against the McDonnells came together  —  RICHMOND — On the day after her husband publicly apologized for accepting gifts and loans from a wealthy dietary supplement executive, Maureen McDonnell tearfully summoned her manicurist for a late-night visit to the historic governor's mansion of Virginia.
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.
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Detective hired by Assembly Republicans placed GPS on Long Island Assemblyman's car for two months  —  Investigator Adam Rosenblatt said he was hired in March by James Walsh, an attorney for the Assembly Republican Campaign Committee, to find out where Assemblyman Edward Hennessey (D-Suffolk) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Pray for Mandy Nagy  —  Our beloved Mandy Nagy, also known as Liberty Chick, had a stroke yesterday and brain surgery to relieve the pressure today.  —  I am in touch with Mandy's mom, who approved me letting people know via Legal Insurrection.  Before surgery, Mandy also was able to nod approval with a small smile, her mom tells me.
 
 
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Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
The Democrats' Assault on Free Speech
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats Can't Win the House
Discussion: Eschaton
Washington Examiner:
We still don't know why Lois Lerner's Blackberry was wiped clean
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The 2016 Republican dark horses
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Greta Van Susteren: White House Pressured Me to Get FOX Reporter to Drop Benghazi Investigation (Video)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Leading From Within
Emily Welker / INFORUM:
MSUM wrestler suspended from team after being accused of rape in dorm room