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1:30 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 …
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.
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
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
George W. Bush was right about Iraq pullout
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Intercept
Robin Bravender / eenews.net:
‘Wonkish’ GOP congressman counting most on anti-Dem sentiment to score Senate seat  —  HOUMA, La. — If Bill Cassidy wins the Louisiana Senate contest, it may have more to do with President Obama, Harry Reid and Mary Landrieu than with him.  —  And that's just fine with Cassidy.
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:   In first speech back, Reid blasts Koch brothers
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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TMZ.com:
Ray Rice Video — NFL Commish in the Dark ... By Choice?
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 …
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
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
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
Discussion: Bloomberg View
James Hohmann / Politico:
Monica Wehby backs gay marriage in TV ad  —  A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon will unveil a television commercial Tuesday that highlights her support for gay marriage — a reflection of the rapidly shifting politics of the issue.  —  Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon …
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.
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 …
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 …
Daniel LaChance / New York Times:
Capital Punishment, Another Failed Government Program?  —  ATLANTA — TO opponents of the death penalty, recent accounts of botched executions and DNA-based exonerations of death-row prisoners have revived hope that judges and voters will finally see capital punishment for what it is: an intolerable affront to human dignity.
Discussion: ACS Blog
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Salon:
Scalia's utter moral failure: How he destroys any claim to a superior system of justice
Discussion: National Review, Hullabaloo and Gawker
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Untruth, Inc.  —  Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . .  We can usefully view the Obama administration's chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries.  —  THE BALD LIES OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY
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 …
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Owner of Junior's Rethinks a Move  —  Junior's Restaurant has earned a lot of superlatives since it opened in Downtown Brooklyn on Election Day in 1950, among them the one that adorns every orange takeout box: “The Best Cheesecake in N.Y. — New York Magazine” (a distinction that dates to 1973, but still).
Discussion: Gothamist and ABC News
 
 
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Yahoo! News:
Ted Cruz calls for ISIS shutdown: ‘We ought to...take them out’
Discussion: ABC News
George Bennnett / Post On Politics:
Deval Patrick: Hillary Clinton is ‘fantastic’ — but ‘voters want competition’
Discussion: Politico
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Nuclear Nightmare: As Terror Fears Spike, Power Plant Near Nation's Capital Sits Practically Unguarded
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Truth Revolt
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
ISIS is spreading, experts warn
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
NM Dem Says GOP Guv Martinez ‘Does Not Have a Latino Heart’
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
GOP makes play for the center
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Carmen Velasquez / Politico:
Obama Broke His Promise to Latinos
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Peter Foster / Telegraph:
CIA ‘tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths’
Discussion: BillMoyers.com, emptywheel and The Dish
Summerheatbraytonpoint / LobsterBoatBlockade.org:
All Criminal Charges Dropped!
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
2014 Is Not 1931  —  Robert Kagan accuses Obama of appeasement.
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