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12:25 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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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.
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.
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 …
Jeff Zrebiec / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens executives address Ray Rice investigation in exclusive interview  —  Owner Steve Bisciotti, GM Ozzie Newsome and president Dick Cass address mistakes in investigation  —  In their first public comments since releasing running back Ray Rice, the Ravens' top decision makers acknowledged …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday night that he was ordering a significantly expanded military campaign against Sunni militants in the Middle East that includes American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advisers to Iraq.
Discussion: Gawker, Daily Kos and Taylor Marsh
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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 …
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Go Back to Iraq, Mr. President
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Beast and Hit & Run
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
The Most Discouraging Sentence in Obama's Entire ISIS Speech
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
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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
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
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
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.
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, Jezebel and Althouse
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Michelle Obama to campaign with Bruce Braley in October  —  Michelle Obama will travel to Iowa next month for campaign events with U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley, the Des Moines Register has learned.  —  The First Lady's plans were confirmed by the White House and the Braley campaign …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Lori Mitchell / WKRN-TV:
Man arrested for drugs after butt-dialing 911  —  Grant O'Connor was arrested by Mt. Pleasant following a traffic stop last Friday.  —  O'Connor placed the accidental call to 911 from this Mexican restaurant.  —  Mt. Pleasant police say they arrested a man for drugs after he pocket-dialed 911 …
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
 
 
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