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5:00 PM ET, September 8, 2014

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TMZ.com:
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.
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host On Alleged Ray Rice Video: Why Won't Obama Lead?  —  Fox News host Andrea Tantaros wasted no time during Monday's episode of “Outnumbered” directing anger at President Obama and the Democrats over a video reportedly showing NFL star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and The Raw Story
CNN:
After video, Ray Rice cut from Ravens  —  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday suspended running back Ray Rice indefinitely after a new video surfaced that shows the player punching his future wife in an elevator in February, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.
Discussion: Liberaland and Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Scots, What the Heck?  —  Next week Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom.  And polling suggests that support for independence has surged over the past few months, largely because pro-independence campaigners have managed to reduce the “fear factor” …
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Scottish independence: Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever  —  The Scots are on the verge of an act of self-mutilation that will trash our global identity  —  Right: it's time to speak for Britain.  If these polls are right, then we are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Scottish Independence Vote
Discussion: Eschaton and Spectator
John Fund / National Review:
Britain on the Brink of a Breakup
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Guardian
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
How The New Royal Baby Could Stop Scottish Independence
Discussion: Guardian, BuzzFeed and The Dish
Politico:
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.
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Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN poll finds majority of Americans alarmed by ISIS  —  Washington (CNN) — Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.  Most now support military action against the terrorist group.
Sen. Tom Udall / The Hill:
Bipartisan case for a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Obama right on ISIL response
Discussion: Mediaite
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Facing Dem attacks, could new GOP strategy end birth control wars?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH CARE 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS BOBBY JINDAL CONTRACEPTION THOM TILLIS CORY GARDNER  —  Remember the 2012 Republican presidential debate in which ABC's George Stephanopoulos, seemingly out of nowhere …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Bush gives Clinton grandpa advice  —  Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were complimentary of each other Monday, with the 43rd president even giving his Democratic predecessor some insider advice on the life of a grandfather.  —  “Get ready also to be like the lowest person …
Discussion: ABC News
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George W. Bush Presidential Center:
Presidential Leadership Scholars
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dick Cheney to meet with House GOP on midterms  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney will appear before House Republicans at a Tuesday meeting to discuss the midterm elections, according to two sources familiar with his plans.  —  Cheney's appearance comes as Republican leaders launch …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Everyone Should Be Free To Smoke And Fire Gay People  —  CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—At a recent town hall in Charlotte's suburbs, North Carolina House Republican Robert Pittenger compared the right to fire LGBT workers to the right to smoke cigarettes on private property.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Udall: Beheaded American Journalists Would Have Wanted Cautious Approach to ISIS  —  The president has in recent days taken fire from members of his own party for taking a low-key approach to tackling the problem presented by the Islamic State, particularly as the images of two American journalists kidnapped …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
David Weigel / Slate:
Gerrymandering and the Big Sort Fallacy  —  Every so often, Nate Cohn writes something about how the political impact of gerrymandering is overrated, and I write something about how he's wrong.  The argument has gotten pointlessly heated in the past, and neither one of us has inched toward …
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
Bruce Levenson Isn't a Racist, He's a Businessman … From left: Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Dominique Wilkins  —  Courtesy of Iconomy, LLC
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
As Two Men Go Free, a Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In  —  LUMBERTON, N.C. — The most memorable moment of the trial that put Henry McCollum and Leon Brown behind bars for three decades for a hideous 1983 rape and murder was a display of brilliant courtroom theatrics.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Gawker and Althouse
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Show Path Of Least Resistance To GOP Majority  —  Pollsters are picking up the pace after a slow start in this midterm election season.  Sunday featured the release of a trio of NBC News/Marist polls of the Senate races in Arkansas, Kentucky and Colorado, while the online polling firm …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Shift in Alaska Helps Republicans Retain Senate Edge
Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment  —  When politicians seek to restrict speech, they are invariably trying to protect their own incumbency.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Washington Post:
Koch Industries adopts new public posture to neutralize opponents, recast image
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
YOUTHS LAUGH ON VIDEO As Black Mob Beats Kroger Store Employee Unconscious (VIDEO)
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: Says his comment about extremists being a JV team “wasn't specifically referring to” Islamic State.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Business Insider
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's Obamacare Nightmare Is Coming True: It's Working
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control of Congress
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Bold reform is the only answer to secular stagnation
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Afghan election deal on brink of failure
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US
Discussion: The New Editor
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers blast immigration decision
Discussion: Washington Post
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left?
Economist:
The long game  —  The sad reality is that Vladimir Putin is winning in Ukraine.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
World-Weary  —  Even the most forgiving judge of Barack Obama …
Discussion: Mediaite, JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Eagerly Put Women At Risk Because Of Politics