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1:45 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
George W. Bush Presidential Center:
Presidential Leadership Scholars  —  A partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson that brings together a select group of leaders who share a desire to solve complex challenges and create positive change.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Bush gives Clinton grandpa advice
Discussion: ABC News
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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Fox News:
White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The PJ Tatler
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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David Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.”
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
 
 
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers blast immigration decision
Discussion: Washington Post
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter Begins Testing ‘Buy’ Button for Posts
David Weigel / Slate:
Gerrymandering and the Big Sort Fallacy
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Yazidi girl tells of horrific ordeal as Isil sex slave
Economist:
The long game  —  The sad reality is that Vladimir Putin is winning in Ukraine.
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Could Jim Webb Mount Credible Challenge to Clinton?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and VodkaPundit
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Johnson ready for clash
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Crime, Bias and Statistics
Discussion: Guardian 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
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
The Democrats' Assault on Free Speech
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
How the federal corruption case against the McDonnells came together
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Detective hired by Assembly Republicans placed GPS on Long Island Assemblyman's car for two months
Discussion: Booman Tribune