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8:20 AM ET, September 8, 2014


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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Mediaite and Reuters
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 …
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: Politico and National Review
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Romney: I Would Have Done a Better Job Than Obama
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney Insists ‘My Time Has Come And Gone’
Discussion: Fox News and Althouse
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
The return of the politics of terror  —  The politics of terrorism have returned with a vengeance for the midterm elections.  —  National security dominated the first election cycles after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with Democrats fearful of being labeled unpatriotic if they criticized then-President George W. Bush.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Johnson ready for clash  —  The big news of the moment is President Obama's decision, revealed Saturday, to delay executive action on immigration reform until after November's midterm elections.  —  But, make no mistake, such action is coming sooner or later.
Kurt Schlichter /
Liberals Eagerly Put Women At Risk Because Of Politics  —  SHARES  —  I got called “vile” on Twitter the other day, which in itself is nothing new - my fiercely pro-American, pro-freedom, anti-moron agenda is a constant source of outrage for the online world's liberal fascist contingent.
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.
Danielle Rindler / Washington Post:
Stop and seize  —  Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes  —  After the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America's highways.
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
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.
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.
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
World-Weary  —  Even the most forgiving judge of Barack Obama …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Crime, Bias and Statistics
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
Ken White / Popehat:
U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks Gets Free Speech Very Wrong
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
The evolution of Judge Posner on marriage equality
Discussion: Washington Post
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
The Democrats' Assault on Free Speech
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
How Corrupt Are Our Politics?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats Can't Win the House
 Earlier Items: 
On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to ‘Take Them Out’
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Washington Post
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama on golfing optics: Part of my job is ‘theater’
Discussion: Mediaite, Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Blames Border Crisis for Immigration Reform Delay
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The 2016 Republican dark horses