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3:15 AM ET, September 11, 2014

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Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
AP NEWSBREAK: SOURCE SAYS RICE VIDEO SENT TO NFL  —  ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.
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ESPN:
Sources: Ray Rice spat at fiancee  —  ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Ray Rice spat in the face of Janay Palmer the night he punched her in a hotel elevator, one current and one former security staffer at the Revel hotel told “Outside the Lines.”  —  Three current or former security staffers …
ABC News:
NFL, Ravens Missed Chances to See Ray Rice Punch Video: Sources … The Baltimore Ravens knew shortly after Ray Rice knocked out his wife in a hotel elevator that a surveillance video of the assault existed and that Rice's lawyer had a copy of the video, but never asked to see it, sources told ABC News today.
CBS News:
Goodell: No.  —  O'Donnell: No one in the NFL?  —  Goodell: No one in the NFL, to my knowledge, and I had been asked that same question and the answer to that is no. We were not granted that.  We were told that was not something we would have access to.  On multiple occasions, we asked for it.
Darin Gantt / ProFootballTalk:
Roger Goodell cancels appearance at banquet for Jerry Richardson  —  With the stuff that is brown hitting the fan this afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to keep his friends from getting splattered with it.  —  Amid reports that law enforcement officials did provide …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
McCain: Goodell has ‘credibility issues’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says Roger Goodell has “some credibility issues” and recommends the NFL commissioner give former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — who has been floated as a possible replacement — a call.
Jeff Zrebiec / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens executives address Ray Rice investigation in exclusive interview
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday authorized a major expansion of the military campaign against rampaging Sunni militants in the Middle East, including American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advisers to Iraq.
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Full Text of Obama's Address on ISIS  —  Full text of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on ISIS  —  President Barack Obama addressed the nation Wednesday on his strategy to confront the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).  —  Below are his remarks as delivered:
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's speech outlining strategy to defeat Islamic State  —  President Obama outlined the U.S. military response to the Islamic State in a public address on Wednesday.  Obama said that the U.S. will conduct a “systematic campaign of airstrikes” against the militant group, which could include airstrikes in Syria.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Extending a Legacy of War  —  WASHINGTON — In ordering a sustained military campaign against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, President Obama on Wednesday night effectively set a new course for the remainder of his presidency and all but ensured that he would pass his successor a volatile …
New York Times:
Obama to Liken ISIS Fight to Campaigns in Yemen and Somalia  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will tell the nation on Wednesday night that America is prepared to wage a sustained air campaign against Islamic militants “wherever they exist,” much the same way the administration …
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Full Prepared Text of Obama's Speech Wednesday on ISIS Plans  —  President Barack Obama proposed Wednesday night a significantly expanded military offensive against Islamic State militants at a moment when the nation is deeply concerned about new threats to the country.  Here is the full prepared text of his speech.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
The Most Discouraging Sentence in Obama's Entire ISIS Speech
Richard B. Cheney / American Enterprise Institute:
9/11 and the future of US foreign policy
Discussion: Politico
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
CHENEY: I'd Be Shocked If Obama Did The Right Thing On ISIS  —  Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't expect President Barack Obama's big Wednesday night speech outlining his strategy for confronting Islamic State will include a foreign policy vision that's adequate to deal with the jihadist group's threat.
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
IRS chief: ‘Whenever we can, we follow the law’  —  During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the Internal Revenue Service tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period.  —  “Whenever we can, we follow the law,” …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Gateway Pundit
Rick Klein / ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Obama Plays Catch-Up With Public and Himself … President Obama on Wednesday night entered a new phase of his presidency — and he did it in a most Obama of ways.  —  First, to what's changed: He's announcing a war, not ending one.  He's preparing to act without Congress …
Discussion: 7online.com
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
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Prosecutors Are Pushing Prison Time for D'Souza  —  Saying that Dinesh D'Souza had not yet accepted responsibility for his crime, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday to sentence the best-selling conservative author and filmmaker to 10 to 16 months in prison for violating campaign finance laws.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Carney: Obama would give more speeches if networks would let him  —  Washington (CNN) — Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney — a longtime journalist before he joined the Obama administration in its infancy — is back in the media game as a political analyst for CNN.
Discussion: Mediaite
Tristyn Bloom / The Daily Caller:
Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage At Middle East Christian Conference [VIDEO]  —  Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians Wednesday night after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”  —  Cruz, the keynote speaker at the sold-out D.C. dinner gala …
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
Chlorine Used As Weapon In Syria War, Group Says  —  GENEVA — A toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used as a weapon to attack Syrian villages in April, an international watchdog agency confirmed on Wednesday.  —  The conclusion, based on months of investigation by a fact-finding team …
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It Takes a Mentor  —  With millions of students returning to school …
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Gerald Imray / TIME:
Oscar Pistorius: How the Verdict Will be Delivered
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Kimberly Kagan / Weekly Standard:
Obama's ‘Strategy’ Has No Chance of Success
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Michelle Obama to campaign with Bruce Braley in October
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
Lori Mitchell / WKRN-TV:
Man arrested for drugs after butt-dialing 911
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC's Wheeler: ‘Redskins’ Name Is Offensive, Should Go
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