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3:20 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
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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
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Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Romney: I Would Have Done a Better Job Than Obama
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Politico
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Insists ‘My Time Has Come And Gone’
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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.
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.)
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
The evolution of Judge Posner on marriage equality  —  U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner has evolved on the issue of same-sex marriage.  (Photo by chensiyuan; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)  —  U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner has earned the distinction of delivering one of the most sharply …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats Can't Win the House
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Reuters:
On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to ‘Take Them Out’
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Blames Border Crisis for Immigration Reform Delay
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