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9:15 AM ET, September 8, 2014


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New York Times:
Destroying ISIS May Take Years, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a phased campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to eventually destroy the terrorist army — requiring a sustained effort that could last until …
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 …
Ray Rice — ELEVATOR KNOCKOUT ... Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch (Video)  —  ELEVATOR KNOCKOUT  —  Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch (Video)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  This is what a two game suspension looks like — Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his fiancee's face, knocking her out cold ... and TMZ Sports has the shocking video.
The threat to American democracy  —  We are at a pivotal moment in American history.  —  Building the United States of America has been long, arduous and rife with setbacks.  But throughout the years, we have undoubtedly moved toward a more inclusive democracy.  We expanded the right to vote.
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Johnson ready for clash  —  The big news of the moment is President Obama's decision, revealed Saturday, to delay executive action on immigration reform until after November's midterm elections.  —  But, make no mistake, such action is coming sooner or later.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
World-Weary  —  Even the most forgiving judge of Barack Obama, one willing to overlook his preference for chipping onto the sunlit greens of Martha's Vineyard rather than brooding in the fluorescent glare of the Situation Room, must admit that the President has sometimes been a thick-tongued steward of his own foreign policy.
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.
Simone Bridges / Robert Littal Presents …:
Syracuse Soccer Player Calls Classmate “F*ggot N*gger” (Video)  —  Syracuse soccer player Hanna Strong was caught on camera yelling racial and homophobic slurs at one of her classmates.  Strong is a Senior and plays Midfield for The Orange.  The video is quite disturbing.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
The return of the politics of terror  —  The politics of terrorism have returned with a vengeance for the midterm elections.  —  National security dominated the first election cycles after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with Democrats fearful of being labeled unpatriotic if they criticized then-President George W. Bush.
Discussion: Hot Air
Kurt Schlichter /
Liberals Eagerly Put Women At Risk Because Of Politics  —  SHARES  —  I got called “vile” on Twitter the other day, which in itself is nothing new - my fiercely pro-American, pro-freedom, anti-moron agenda is a constant source of outrage for the online world's liberal fascist contingent.
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
The Democrats' Assault on Free Speech  —  Throughout August, senators had the opportunity to travel around their states and listen to the concerns of their constituents.  The American people have a lot on their minds these days — important issues they expect the Democrat-run Senate to address …
The long game  —  The sad reality is that Vladimir Putin is winning in Ukraine.  The West must steel itself for a lengthy struggle  —  From the print edition  —  IN HIS undeclared, unprovoked, grisly war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin enjoys several telling advantages.
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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Nick Squires / Telegraph:
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
As Two Men Go Free, a Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In
Discussion: Althouse
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Rape and Rotherham  —  THERE are enough grim tidings from around …
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Could Jim Webb Mount Credible Challenge to Clinton?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Crime, Bias and Statistics
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
The evolution of Judge Posner on marriage equality
Discussion: Washington Post
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Detective hired by Assembly Republicans placed GPS on Long Island Assemblyman's car for two months
Discussion: Booman Tribune
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Pray for Mandy Nagy