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11:10 AM ET, September 10, 2014

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jay Carney joins CNN  —  Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.  —  He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a primetime statement about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , Sam Feist …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Report: Golf courses snub President Obama  —  Some of New York's most exclusive golf clubs would not let President Barack Obama play over Labor Day weekend, according to a report.  —  The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected requests to let Obama tee off …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama tells leaders he doesn't need their vote for ISIS campaign  —  President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn't need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists.  —  The president offered the assurance …
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.
Politico:
GOP seizes on Islamic State in midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Could Cruz's immigration move lead to shutdown fight?
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Says He Has Authority for Campaign Against ISIS
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
People hate the Republican Party.  But they really don't.  —  The reclamation project that is the Republican Party has long been stunted by one pesky fact: People freaking hate the Republican Party.  —  Well, kind of.  —  Poll after poll shows President Obama is unpopular …
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Benjamin Domenech / Politico:   Beware GOP: Millennials Don't Like What We're Hearing
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 …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa: Holder spokesman caught red-handed
James Carville / The Hill:
GOP's Benghazi meter does not read victory  —  Just a tiny bit over a year ago I wrote a column for this publication indicating that the Republicans had not been right about a single thing so far this century.  Sports gamblers have a name for when you don't win a single bet over a weekend …
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: WBUR and BuzzFeed
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Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Tierney — fourth incumbent to go down
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
'Real Time"s Maher ‘could’ vote for Paul  —  Longtime viewers of Bill Maher on HBO's “Real Time” may be surprised to learn the liberal-leaning host, who makes a habit of skewering Republicans on a weekly basis, is “considering” casting a vote for one come 2016.  —  “Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Ted Cruz: Amendment threatens SNL  —  Sen. Ted Cruz says the comedy of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” is at risk and creator Lorne Michaels could be thrown in jail if a proposed Constitutional amendment on campaign finance is passed.  —  “Congress would have the power to make it a criminal offense …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Most Important Achievement in the Middle East  —  The president is a superior terrorist hunter.  He has also neutralized a profound existential threat to U.S. allies in the Middle East, and denied ISIS access to vast storehouses of deadly chemical weapons.  So why does he get no credit?
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and New York Times
Jessica Lahey / The Atlantic Online:
How Stephen King Teaches Writing  —  Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn't until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
8 a.m. Is the Most Anxious Hour  —  Crisis Text Line's data troves reveal the times of day and days of the week when we feel bullied, depressed, or alone.  —  Select a condition from the menu box above to see the hourly breakdown of texts to Crisis Text Line for that issue.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
WSB-TV:
State launches fraud investigation into voter registration group  —  ATLANTA —  Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia's secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state's highest ranking Democrats.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low  —  Americans' trust in government handling of domestic problems also at record low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43% as President Barack Obama prepares …
Discussion: CBS DC and Politico
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency  —  Tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations, the new political weapons of choice, are widening the gap between the rich people who control campaign financing and the economically anxious voters targeted by their ads.
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.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Cheney Urges House G.O.P. to Abandon Isolationism
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
The teacher (and English graduate) who admits: I'm illiterate - SARAH SMITH blames liberal education dogmas for creating a generation of hopelessly ill-equipped teachers  —  My hands were feeling clammy and beads of sweat broke out under my collar as I shifted nervously in my seat.  It was parents' evening.
Politico:
2014 primary election: Gina Raimondo, Allan Fung win Rhode Island primaries  —  Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo won the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday, defeating two fierce rivals in a race that topped $10 million in spending.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton allies distance ‘decisive’ Hillary from ‘passive’ Obama
Discussion: Mediaite
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Jobs data signal GOP victory
Scott Allen / Washington Post:
Maryland's helmets and uniforms will feature the lyrics to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: EconLog and National Review
Mark Murray / NBC News:
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Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Politico
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