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2:50 AM ET, September 9, 2014

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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.
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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 National Football League's handling of a domestic violence case is under renewed scrutiny after a graphic video emerged Monday, leading to the termination of the Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice's contract and his suspension from the league.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Unfogged
CNN:
After video, Ray Rice cut from Ravens
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
TMZ.com:
Ray Rice — ELEVATOR KNOCKOUT ... Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch (Video)
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: Hit & Run and Power Line
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Sen. Tom Udall / The Hill:   Bipartisan case for a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance
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 …
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 …
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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Politico:   Harry Reid set to lead Democrats, in majority or not
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Facing Dem attacks, could new GOP strategy end birth control wars?
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.
Discussion: Roll Call and Wall Street Journal
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.
John Fund / National Review:
Britain on the Brink of a Breakup  —  The new YouGov poll on Scotland's September 18 vote on independence shows “yes” in the lead for the first time, by a narrow 51 percent to 49 percent.  The reason British politicians are now scrambling to offer Scotland more powers is that until now YouGov …
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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
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.
Salon:
Scalia's utter moral failure: How he destroys any claim to a superior system of justice  —  He doesn't think executing an innocent man matters.  How on earth can such a depraved human be on our Supreme Court? … One might wonder how he can stay on the court after the revelation last week …
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
Matt Wright / fox8.com:
Police identify students involved in attack on teen with autism  —  BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - Bay Village police say they have identified the people involved after disturbing video of an attack on a teen with autism surfaced.  —  The 15-year-old, who attends Bay High School …
Discussion: FOX6Now.com and WTVR-TV
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 …
Daily Mail:
Filmmaker dresses as ‘Ebola-infected ISIS terrorist’ to sneak across Lake Erie from Canada to Cleveland and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without being challenged once  — James O'Keefe filmed a play-acting black-clad jihadi with a British accent carrying fake ricin and pretend Ebola across Lake Erie and into Cleveland
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Sits at 14% Two Months Before Elections  —  Lowest approval in fall before an election since 1974  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With less than two months to go before the midterm congressional elections, 14% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job.
Washington Post:
With Medicaid expansion blocked, McAuliffe unveils plan to insure more Virginians  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday announced a plan to provide health insurance to as many as 25,000 Virginians, far short of his June vow to defy the Republican-controlled legislature and find a way to expand coverage to 400,000.
 
 
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Romney Foreign Policy Team Is Schooling 2016's Republicans
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Washington Post:
Obama: U.S. military to provide equipment, resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa
Washington Post:
Koch Industries adopts new public posture to neutralize opponents, recast image
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's Obamacare Nightmare Is Coming True: It's Working
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Obama right on ISIL response
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control of Congress
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US
Discussion: The New Editor
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Bush gives Clinton grandpa advice
Discussion: ABC News
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Everyone Should Be Free To Smoke And Fire Gay People
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment
Discussion: Hot Air
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
As Two Men Go Free, a Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In
Discussion: Gawker, Hit & Run and Althouse