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4:30 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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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.
Discussion: Liberaland and Althouse
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: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
How The New Royal Baby Could Stop Scottish Independence
Discussion: Guardian, BuzzFeed and The Dish
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Scottish Independence Vote
Discussion: Eschaton and Spectator
John Fund / National Review:
Britain on the Brink of a Breakup
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Guardian
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
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: Mediaite, JustOneMinute and Daily Kos
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.
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost  —  2017 Project executive director Jeffrey Anderson issued a memorandum this morning reporting that the nonpartisan Center for Health & Economy has “scored” the group's alternative to Obamacare.  THE WEEKLY STANDARD readers are familiar …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Koch Industries adopts new public posture to neutralize opponents, recast image
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
YOUTHS LAUGH ON VIDEO As Black Mob Beats Kroger Store Employee Unconscious (VIDEO)
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Barack Obama: Says his comment about extremists being a JV team “wasn't specifically referring to” Islamic State.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Business Insider
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Afghan election deal on brink of failure
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US
Discussion: The New Editor
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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
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left?
Economist:
The long game  —  The sad reality is that Vladimir Putin is winning in Ukraine.
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