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1:55 AM ET, September 8, 2014


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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:
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Insists ‘My Time Has Come And Gone’
Discussion: Althouse
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Romney: I Would Have Done a Better Job Than Obama
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Politico
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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 Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?  —  Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United  —  Harvard University Press, 376 pp., $29.95  —  1.  —  When New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo was elected in 2010, he promised to restore integrity to state government.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats Can't Win the House
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On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to ‘Take Them Out’
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama on golfing optics: Part of my job is ‘theater’
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
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