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2:55 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.
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  —  “A majority of Scots want to live in a center-left society, while a majority of English want to live in a center-right society.”  Why that may be a bigger problem for the United Kingdom than regional splits are for the United States.
Discussion: Eschaton and Spectator
John Fund / National Review:
Britain on the Brink of a Breakup
Discussion: Guardian
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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Sen. Tom Udall / The Hill:
Bipartisan case for a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance
Discussion: Washington Post
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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  —  I have been a consistent critic of President Obama's policy initiatives.  I called the stimulus package a steaming pile of garbage, said his health care plan was bad for America, and said his massive spending programs would undermine American capitalism.
Discussion: Mediaite
Fox News:
White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The PJ Tatler
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
BBC:
Royal baby: Prince William and Kate expecting second child  —  The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child.  —  Kensington Palace said that - as when the duchess was pregnant with Prince George - she was suffering from “very acute morning sickness” and was being treated by doctors at the palace.
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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
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
Lessig Blog, v2:
WOW: NASTYGRAM FROM THE BROWN CAMPAIGN  —  I received this nastygram (PDF) by email today from Scott Brown's campaign manager — cc-ing my boss, the provost and president.  —  I take it Mr. Reed's outrage is triggered by the Senate's regulations of what constitutes being a “lobbyist” for purposes of the Senate rules.
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
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left?  —  Several Republican candidates in the year's most competitive Senate races have begun their fall sprint to Election Day, not by embracing Tea Party-fueled conservatism but by defensively tacking leftward.  —  Let's start in Colorado, site of a strategic GOP retreat in the “War on Women.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Afghan election deal on brink of failure  —  Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah isn't waiting for this week's election audit results to declare himself the victor, throwing into doubt the country's first peaceful transfer of power.  —  Abdullah is challenging former Finance …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control of Congress  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, left, speaks with Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper at Nationals Park.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  For most of the country, this October's television airwaves …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
 
 
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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
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Bold reform is the only answer to secular stagnation
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
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Could Jim Webb Mount Credible Challenge to Clinton?
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Johnson ready for clash
David Remnick / New Yorker:
World-Weary  —  Even the most forgiving judge of Barack Obama …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
The return of the politics of terror
Discussion: Hot Air
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Eagerly Put Women At Risk Because Of Politics
Washington Post:
How the federal corruption case against the McDonnells came together