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1:40 PM 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 nixed 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 …
Politico:
GOP seizes on Islamic State in midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
Washington Post:
Obama ready to strike at Islamic State militants in Syria, he tells policy experts
Fox News:
Syria strategy 2.0: Obama to hit reset to counter growing ISIS threat
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.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
No Fan Of Hillary, Bill Maher Says He Could Vote GOP In 2016
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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 …
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CNN:
Could Cruz's immigration move lead to shutdown fight?
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
NBC News:
Terror Talk: Can Obama Turn Bad Polls Around With Speech?  —  A White House official tells NBC's Kristen Welker that President Obama will tell the American public “how the United States will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
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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.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
National Review On Wendy Davis: 'Maybe She Didn't' Have An Abortion  —  A piece at National Review is questioning whether Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's story about having an abortion in 1997 and fell into “deep, dark despair” afterward is real.
Discussion: Jezebel and Associated Press
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Dustin Siggins / National Review:
Wendy Davis's Convenient Abortion Stories
Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and LifeSite
Justin Driver / The New Republic:
How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court  —  And therefore, the country  —  Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy (Simon & Schuster).  —  On October 15, 1987, as Justice Antonin Scalia settled into his second term at the Supreme Court, he emerged from conference …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Bryan Fischer / OneNewsNow.com:
No atheist should be permitted to serve in the U.S. military  —  Military service should rightly be reserved for those who believe in and are willing to die for what America stands for - and what America stands for is a belief in God as the source of our rights.  —  Tweet to @BryanJFischer
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Candidates to draw straws unless lone voter brings ID  —  Unless a lone affidavit voter shows up with a valid photo ID before next Tuesday, Glenn Bolin and Stephanie Bounds will draw straws to see who becomes Poplarville alderman.  —  In a special election runoff Tuesday, Bolin and Bounds each received 177 votes.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
 
 
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Travis Gibson / WJXX-TV:
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Discussion: myfox8.com
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low
Discussion: CBS DC and Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Cheney Urges House G.O.P. to Abandon Isolationism
Julie Wolfe / WXIA-TV:
Exclusive poll shows race for Governor tied
Discussion: Washington Post
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Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Domenech / Politico:
Beware GOP: Millennials Don't Like What We're Hearing
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Most Important Achievement in the Middle East
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and New York Times
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency
Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tierney Concedes Defeat in Dem Primary
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Hill, WBUR and Prairie Weather
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Defeats Teachout, Liberal Rival, in the Democratic Primary
Discussion: Chalkbeat New York
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judges question why John Doe issue is before them
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse