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New York Times:
Struggling to Gauge ISIS Threat, Even as U.S. Prepares to Act  —  WASHINGTON — The violent ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been condemned across the world: in Europe and the Middle East, by Sunni nations and Shiite ones, and by sworn enemies like Israel and Iran.
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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:
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Countering Islamic State will be hard in Iraq and harder in Syria, officials say  —  President Obama's strategy to beat back Islamic State militants spread across Iraq and Syria will depend on far more than U.S. bombs and missiles hitting their intended targets.
Matthew Duss / American Prospect:
In Fight Against ISIL, Obama Finds Himself Facing Michael Corleone's Dilemma  —  If you think that American power and leadership is best demonstrated by our ability to blow things up, this probably wasn't the speech for you.  While President Barack Obama laid out a number of steps …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
War is hell.  So go big or go home, Mr. President.  Big means bold, confident, wise assurance from a trustworthy Commander-in-Chief that it shall all be worth it.  Charge in, strike hard, get out.  Win.  —  Obama famously claims to despise the “theater” and “optics” of the presidency.
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
Vali R. Nasr / New York Times:
The Grand Strategy Obama Needs
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Kimberly Kagan / Weekly Standard:
Obama's ‘Strategy’ Has No Chance of Success
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Hugh Hewitt Show
New York Times:
In President Obama's Speech, a Military Plan to Root Out ISIS
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Full Obama Address on ISIS: “America, Our Endless Blessings Bestow An Enduring Burden”
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
TED CRUZ: HATRED, BIGOTRY, OPPOSITION TO ISRAEL LED TO ME LEAVING EVENT  —  Reports surfaced Wednesday night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was “booed off the stage” at an event hosted by a purportedly Christian organization.  —  Cruz, the keynote speaker at the new “In Defense Of Christians” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and National Review
New York Times:
Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder; Still Faces Lesser Homicide Charge  —  PRETORIA, South Africa — The judge presiding over the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic athlete, cleared him of the two most serious murder charges against him on Thursday, almost certainly sparing him a long prison sentence.
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Claire Phipps / Guardian:
Oscar Pistorius verdict live: judge says athlete not guilty of murder  —  Judge Thokozile Masipa says Pistorius ‘clearly negligent’ over death of Reeva Steenkamp and will deliver ruling on culpable homicide on Friday  —  Sort by:  —  3.54pm BST  —  My colleague David Smith has filed …
Discussion: Deadspin
Agence France-Presse:
Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official  —  ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   Cheney points finger at Obama's ‘indifference’ for rise of ISIS
Jack Goldsmith / TIME:
Obama's Breathtaking Expansion of a President's Power To Make War  —  President Obama hoped to repeal the Bush-era authorization declaring war on al Qaeda—instead he's expanded it without bound  —  Future historians will ask why George W. Bush sought and received express congressional authorization …
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama's New War on ISIS May Be Illegal  —  In a stunning turnaround, the Obama administration is arguing that a law authorizing a war on al Qaeda be used to justify strikes on al Qaeda's foes.  —  President Obama's new war against ISIS is off to a shaky legal start.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
War on women is winning  —  A warning to the women of America: If Republicans win control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections this fall, it will be a powerful victory for the war on women, with consequences that will be severe and long-term.  A large majority of women know this.
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Dems split on Obama's plans for ISIS
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans can taste majority
Discussion: RedState and American Spectator
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
The Most Discouraging Sentence in Obama's Entire ISIS Speech  —  President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq in June  —  CREDIT: AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais  —  President Obama is set to deliver a speech on Wednesday evening laying out his strategy …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Military Campaign Extends a Legacy of War
Discussion: Washington Post
Graeme Wood / The New Republic:
The Three Types of People Who Fight for ISIS  —  A breakdown of the most evil group on the planet  —  In February 2012, a young, beefy Egyptian named Islam Yaken took a shirtless selfie and posted it on a Facebook competitor called Vik.com.  The picture wouldn't have attracted …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP's Benghazi committee prepares for media spotlight  —  The rising threat from Islamic extremists has set the stage for Republicans to make a splash with the launch of their Benghazi investigation next week.  —  The media glare had largely fallen away from the probe into the terror attack …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
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Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
AP NEWSBREAK: SOURCE SAYS RICE VIDEO SENT TO NFL
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jay Carney's rough first night vs. John McCain  —  Former White House press secretary Jay Carney is used to battling it out with journalists.  But on Wednesday evening he had a new adversary: Sen. John McCain.  —  In an appearance on CNN as its newest contributor, following President Barack Obama's prime …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:   Fireworks: McCain vs. Carney on Iraq: “It's Not A Matter Of Disagreement; It's A Matter Of Facts”
Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Moore Slams Obama: History Will Only Remember You Were a Black President  —  He also adds, on the 20th anniversary of ‘Roger & Me,’ Detroit would be better off as a Syrian or Iraqi city.  —  Michael Moore sees President Obama's legacy as set.  The progressive documentary filmmaker …
 
 
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