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4:10 PM ET, September 9, 2014

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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.
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New York Times:
As Obama Makes Case, Congress Is Divided on Campaign Against Militants  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday will begin laying out his case for an expanded military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria when he faces congressional leaders who are averse to taking …
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 …
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.
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Aaron Wilson / Baltimore Sun:
Janay Rice breaks her silence, describes situation as ‘horrible nightmare’  —  Former Ravens running back's wife shares her feelings  —  Janay Palmer is defending Ray and blaming the media.  In a post from her Instagram page on Tuesday morning, and verified by the Baltimore Sun …
TMZ.com:
Ray Rice Video — NFL Commish in the Dark ... By Choice?
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Support for ObamaCare continues to fall  —  Public approval of ObamaCare continued to sink this summer, issuing the latest warning for vulnerable Democrats who will face voters this fall after backing the law.  —  Just 35 percent of voters now support the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Have Plenty of Reasons to Dread November  —  Midterms are generally referenda on the incumbent president, and Obama's latest overall approval ratings are among his lowest yet.  —  LINES TO SHARE  — In the House, the best news for Democrats is that you can't lose seats you don't have
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia GOPer Complains About Early Voting, Excessive Black Voting  —  A Republican state senator in Georgia has vowed to end Sunday balloting in DeKalb County due to the fact that the area is “dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches.”
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A majority of Americans say Obama's presidency is a ‘failure’  —  A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama's tenure to be a “failure,” according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.  —  The poll shows Americans say 52-42 that Obama has been more of a failure than a success.
Discussion: RedState, Rush Limbaugh and Power Line
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Teresa Stepzinski / Florida Times Union:
Clay deputy's son, 2, accidentally fires father's gun inside Wendy's; bullet fragments strike boy, 3 others  —  The 2-year-old son of a Clay County sheriff's deputy was struck in the foot by a shattered bullet fragment and sustained minor injuries when his father's personal handgun accidentally discharged …
Jamie Schram / New York Post:
NBC producer busted for posting secret sex tapes to porn site  —  An NBC News digital producer was busted Tuesday for secretly making a video of his girlfriend having sex with him on Valentines Day — and posting it on a porn web site, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Discussion: Politico, Gothamist and Mediaite
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Look to Build International Credentials  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky likes to note that he didn't have a foreign policy three and a half years ago, when he was a full-time ophthalmologist.  —  Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was an appellate lawyer …
Discussion: NOLA River and Hot Air
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Yahoo! News:
Ted Cruz calls for ISIS shutdown: ‘We ought to...take them out’
Discussion: ABC News
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Appears On Fox News To Debunk Fox's Latest Benghazi Conspiracy  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)  —  Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed a conspiracy about the attacks on U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Krauthammer's million  —  Last night on the FOX News Special Report, Bret Baier announced that Charles Krauthammer's collection of columns (mostly) — Things That Matter — has sold a million copies.  It is a remarkable achievement for a book of previously published pieces by an author …
Discussion: Ricochet
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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
America's new class system: Column  —  “Clerisy” class does the bidding of tech oligarchs to detriment of the middle class.  —  We've heard a lot of election-year class warfare talk, from makers vs. takers to the 1% vs. the 99%.  But Joel Kotkin's important new book, The New Class Conflict …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz: Stop deferred deportations with CR  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that legislation to freeze President Obama's executive order deferring the deportations of illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age should be attached to a stopgap spending measure.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
World Meteorological Organization News:
Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans  —  Carbon Dioxide Concentration Surges  —  The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide.  This is according to the World Meteorological …
Zach Klein / WSB-TV:
Hawks GM Ferry responds to smoking gun letter about inappropriate comments  —  ATLANTA —  Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry has issued a response to a letter accusing him of making inappropriate racial remarks during a conference call.  —  On Monday, Channel 2's Sports Director …
 
 
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Peters has biggest lead, Snyder and Schauer tight
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Daniel LaChance / New York Times:
Capital Punishment, Another Failed Government Program?
Discussion: Salon and ACS Blog
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Owner of Junior's Rethinks a Move
Discussion: Gothamist and ABC News
George Bennnett / Post On Politics:
Deval Patrick: Hillary Clinton is ‘fantastic’ — but ‘voters want competition’
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
GOP makes play for the center
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Untruth, Inc.