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7:40 AM ET, September 10, 2014


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New York Times:
Obama Ready to Authorize Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, into new and unpredictable terrain.
Discussion: Guardian, Business Insider and Fox News
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Ted Cruz pushes for vote on Obama orders  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called on lawmakers to use “any and all means necessary” — including must-pass government funding measures — to block President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration.  —  The tea party hero …
Discussion: Roll Call, Washington Post and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz: Stop deferred deportations with CR
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:   Obama's Long Immigration Betrayal
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Says He Has Authority for Campaign Against ISIS
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
House condemns Obama for Taliban swap
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why White House and Congress don't want vote on military action
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Tierney — fourth incumbent to go down  —  Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) became the fourth House incumbent to lose his primary on Tuesday night, but challenger Seth Moulton's victory could actually help Democrats hold onto the seat this fall.  —  With just 18 percent of precints reporting …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tierney Concedes Defeat in Dem Primary  —  In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state's 6th Congressional District.  —  Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts congressman …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Associated Press:
News Guide: Primary Election Highlights
Discussion: Politico
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Behind Closed Doors, Cheney Tells Republicans That Obama Supported Muslim Brotherhood  —  The former vice president tries to sell reluctant House Republicans on “comprehensive” action against ISIS by blaming the president, of course.  —  Dick Cheney spoke to House Republicans on Tuesday about the need for military action in Iraq.
Jonathan Strong / BREITBART.COM:
LETTER: HOLDER AIDE ACCIDENTALLY CALLS ISSA STAFF FOR HELP SPINNING IRS SCANDAL  —  A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa: Holder spokesman caught red-handed  —  The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request.  —  Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS's scrutiny of conservative groups? …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Defeats Teachout, Liberal Rival, in the Democratic Primary  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York claimed the Democratic nomination for a second term on Tuesday, but at a considerable price: A liberal challenger with little money or name recognition, Zephyr Teachout …
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:   Why We Need a Left Wing Tea Party
Mark Murray / NBC News:
America on Edge: Fear of Terror Attack at 9/11 High, Poll Finds  —  “A very war-weary country ... seems to have woken up to the real threat that ISIS may present,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart and his colleagues at Hart Research.
Discussion: National Review and Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ted Cruz's Obamacare Nightmare Comes to Life  —  It's like a bad dream, if your bad dreams involve sick people getting to see a doctor.  —  Shares  —  In the summer of 2013, with the Affordable Care Act about to begin enrolling its first customers in the new health-care exchanges …
Katie Pavlich /
Planned Parenthood Wants to Limit Women's Access to Birth Control to Save Obamacare  —  SHARES  —  We've officially reached a new and obscene level of hypocrisy, folks.  —  As I write about extensively in my latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women …
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
Don't Buy Republicans' Sudden Change of Heart on Birth Control
Discussion: The Dish
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judges question why John Doe issue is before them  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Chicago — A panel of three federal appeals judges on Tuesday questioned why they had been brought into a stalled criminal investigation into campaign activity by Gov. Scott Walker …
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Almost Two-Thirds Back Attacking Militants  —  Almost two-thirds of participants in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll believe it is in the nation's interest to confront the group, known as ISIS and as ISIL, which has swept through Syria and northern Iraq and recently beheaded two U.S. journalists.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Luol Deng's complete statement on ‘stereotype’ comments from Hawks  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  Miami Heat forward Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday:  —  “HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”  —  “These words were recently used to describe me.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Jobs data signal GOP victory  —  Amid the media focus on the basic data in the August jobs report — that the economy “added” 143,000 jobs — is the figure that will underscore the Republican efforts to take the Senate.  —  During the month of August, the economy added about 659,000 jobs …
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Fox News:
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Discussion: Daily Signal and Ed Driscoll
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Discussion: EconLog and National Review
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Discussion: Politico
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UN houses, but does not sponsor, anti-Semitism conference
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP cuts funding request to fight Ebola
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FCC chairman: Sack the NFL's blackout rule
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
America's new class system: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jamie Schram / New York Post:
NBC producer busted for posting secret sex tapes to porn site
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Politico
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Support for ObamaCare continues to fall
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Peters has biggest lead, Snyder and Schauer tight
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos