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4:00 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 …
Politico:
GOP seizes on Islamic State in midterms
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Daily Kos
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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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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Obama ready to strike at Islamic State militants in Syria, he tells policy experts
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 and The Dish
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mass. Mayor Brandishes Gun During Late-Night Meeting With Rival  —  A Massachusetts councilman accused his town mayor of “intimidation” after he pulled out a gun during an informal, late-night meeting in an SUV between the two officials.  But the mayor disputes the claim, the Boston Herald reported.
Discussion: Liberaland, Hullabaloo and Herald News
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Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Fall River mayor shoots down gun intimidation claim
Discussion: NY Daily News
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.
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
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
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
Meghan Daum / New York Times:
Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing  —  Credit: Benjamin Lowy/Reportage, for The New York Times  —  On a recent afternoon in Brooklyn, Lena Dunham and her sister, Grace, met up at a local hangout.  Grace was nursing a sprained ankle she sustained a few nights earlier, after, by her account …
Discussion: ABC News and Althouse
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.
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Roger Goodell: We asked for Ray Rice video on multiple occasions  —  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he never saw the elevator video of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee until Monday morning, but when he did, he found it “sickening,” he told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Is Obama Leading or Being Led?  —  One explanation for why Americans support the president's policies on ISIS but not the president.  —  Consider this paradox: Americans overwhelmingly support President Obama's actions against the Islamic State so far—airstrikes and humanitarian assistance …
kff.org:
2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey  —  This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and employer opinions.  The 2014 survey included almost three thousand interviews …
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
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz beefs up campaign arm  —  Ted Cruz is continuing to send signals that he's running for president.  —  The Texas senator's chief of staff, Chip Roy, a former top hand to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is leaving his role as chief of staff and will play a larger role in Cruz's political office …
Discussion: RedState
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo spent almost 40 times as much for his votes as Zephyr Teachout  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has been raising money for his reelection essentially since he took office in 2010.  His campaign account has been in the eight figures since 2012; he's been raising $5 million or more every six months like clockwork.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
 
 
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Norman Ornstein / Washington Post:
Bring the Presidential Succession Act up to date
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New York Times:
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Travis Gibson / WJXX-TV:
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Discussion: Liberaland and myfox8.com
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
National Review On Wendy Davis: 'Maybe She Didn't' Have An Abortion
NBC News:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low
Discussion: CBS DC and Politico
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Julie Wolfe / WXIA-TV:
Exclusive poll shows race for Governor tied
Discussion: Washington Post
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
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James Carville / The Hill:
GOP's Benghazi meter does not read victory
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: Hot Air and New York Times
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judges question why John Doe issue is before them
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse