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8:45 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.
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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: The Raw Story, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Ben Carson Defends Ray Rice: Don't Start ‘Demonizing This Guy’  —  Ray Rice hasn't found many media defenders on Monday after the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract and and the NFL suspended him indefinitely following the release of surveillance video showing him punching out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Ray Rice Cut by Ravens and Suspended by N.F.L.  —  The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice's contract Monday after a graphic video emerged of him punching his former fiancée, who is now his wife, in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City in February.
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.
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.
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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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate moves forward with amendment to the Constitution on elections  —  The Senate on Monday advanced a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.  —  Republicans are likely to vote against the amendment when it comes up for a final vote …
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Sen. Tom Udall / The Hill:   Bipartisan case for a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance
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
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
How The New Royal Baby Could Stop Scottish Independence
Discussion: New York Times, Jezebel and The Dish
John Fund / National Review:
Britain on the Brink of a Breakup
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Guardian
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Scottish Independence Vote
Discussion: Eschaton and Spectator
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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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
North Carolina's GOP Senate Candidate Won't Commit To Supporting McConnell
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:   Harry Reid set to lead Democrats, in majority or not
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 …
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats  —  While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don't show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.  —  But I wouldn't be shocked by a larger gain.
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Rick Perlstein / Salon:
Watergate's most lasting sin: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and the pardon that made us all cynics  —  Ford let Nixon off 40 years ago today.  That launched Iran-Contra, “too big to fail” — and proved power trumps law  —  When you've published a book about Watergate, your phone rings off …
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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
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Koch Industries adopts new public posture to neutralize opponents, recast image
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost
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Joe Scarborough / Politico:
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Dem lawmakers blast immigration decision
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Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left?
Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Destroying ISIS May Take Years, U.S. Officials Say