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10:10 AM ET, September 9, 2014

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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Obama Hits a New Low for Leadership, With Criticism on ISIS & Immigration Alike  —  Barack Obama's rating for strong leadership has dropped to a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, hammered by criticism of his work on international crises and a stalled domestic agenda alike.
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Washington Post:
Poll: Public supports strikes in Iraq, Syria; Obama's ratings hover near his all-time lows  —  Americans overwhelmingly view Islamic State terrorists as a serious threat to vital U.S. interests and, in a significant shift, widely support airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN poll finds majority of Americans alarmed by ISIS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Sits at 14% Two Months Before Elections
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Condi Rice: The one person who could save the NFL  —  Condoleezza Rice made a startling admission to the New York Times in 2002.  The then-national security adviser to President George W. Bush said it was “absolutely right” that she wanted to be commissioner of the National Football League.
TMZ.com:
Ray Rice Video — NFL Commish in the Dark ... By Choice?  —  The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee ... TMZ Sports has learned.  Commissioner Rodger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question ... Is that the way he wanted it?
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Ray Rice Cut by Ravens and Suspended by N.F.L.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
In first speech back, Reid blasts Koch brothers  —  It took Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) less than 10 minutes on Monday to mention conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch in his first floor speech after Congress's five-week August recess.
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President Whose Assurances Have Come Back to Haunt Him  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama addresses the nation on Wednesday to explain his plan to defeat Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, it is a fair bet he will not call them the “JV team.”  —  Nor does he seem likely to describe Iraq as …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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 …
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
The Twenty-Eight Pages  —  On the bottom floor of the United States Capitol's new underground visitors' center, there is a secure room where the House Intelligence Committee maintains highly classified files.  One of those files is titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Steven Sotloff spokesman blasts White House handling  —  A spokesman for Steven Sotloff's family contends the slain American journalist was sold to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant by Syrian rebels and says the Obama administration “could have done more” to save him.
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
2014 Is Not 1931  —  Robert Kagan accuses Obama of appeasement.  Where's his evidence?  —  Everyone has—or should have—a list of the commentators they disagree with fundamentally but nonetheless admire.  When it comes to foreign policy, Robert Kagan tops mine.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student  —  Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.  —  The prodigy, who just turned 13 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Perils of Standing While Hispanic in the Bronx  —  Meet Santiago Hernandez, 23.  He lives in the Bronx.  On a Monday evening last month, he was standing in front of an apartment building at around 6 p.m. when two NYPD police officers appeared and demanded permission to frisk him.  He complied.
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter today agreed to sign into law a bill that essentially decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.  But he says he'll sign it only after City Council tweaks certain details of the measure.
Discussion: The Raw Story and fox8.com
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
New KSN poll shows Roberts and Orman tied for U.S. Senate  —  WICHITA, Kansas — The Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor, withdrawing last week from the race has created an interesting dynamic going forward, in the race to represent the state of Kansas on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
North Carolina's GOP Senate Candidate Won't Commit To Supporting McConnell  —  Thom Tillis says he wants to be an “independent” senator and won't commit to supporting Mitch McConnell for Republican leader.  —  AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool  —  WILSON, N.C. — Thom Tillis …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Monica Wehby backs gay marriage in TV ad
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Untruth, Inc.
Peter Foster / Telegraph:
CIA ‘tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths’
Discussion: emptywheel and The Dish
Summerheatbraytonpoint / LobsterBoatBlockade.org:
All Criminal Charges Dropped!
Elbridge Colby / National Review:
Our Unrealist President
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Matt Wright / fox8.com:
Police identify students involved in attack on teen with autism
Discussion: FOX6Now.com and WTVR-TV
Daily Mail:
Filmmaker dresses as ‘Ebola-infected ISIS terrorist’ …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Romney Foreign Policy Team Is Schooling 2016's Republicans
Discussion: Power Line
Salon:
Scalia's utter moral failure: How he destroys any claim to a superior system of justice
Washington Post:
With Medicaid expansion blocked, McAuliffe unveils plan to insure more Virginians
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dick Cheney to meet with House GOP on midterms
Washington Post:
Koch Industries adopts new public posture to neutralize opponents, recast image
Discussion: BillMoyers.com, Politico and ABC News