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3:35 PM ET, September 11, 2014

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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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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 …
The White House:
Statement by the President on ISIL  —  My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.  —  As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.
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.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
War is hell.  So go big or go home, Mr. President.
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Vali R. Nasr / New York Times:
The Grand Strategy Obama Needs
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   Cheney points finger at Obama's ‘indifference’ for rise of ISIS
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting Birth Control  —  Providing two college-age women with health insurance that covers birth control, according to an attorney for Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland (R) and his wife Teresa …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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New York Times:   Stop the Anti-Obamacare Shenanigans
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Missouri lawmaker suing to deny daughters birth control access
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Claire Phipps / Guardian:
Oscar Pistorius verdict live: judge says athlete not guilty of murder
Discussion: Deadspin
Kim Ludbrook / ABC News:
Oscar Pistorius Did Not Intentionally Kill Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Rules
Discussion: Gawker, abc7.com and 7online.com
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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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.
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Randi Kaye / CNN:
New Michael Brown shooting witnesses describe scene  —  (CNN) — Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he's gunned down by a police officer.  —  They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was killed.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Poll gives GOP 23-point lead in keeping US safe  —  The public thinks Republicans will do a better job keeping the U.S. safe by a wider margin than at any time since 2002, according to a Gallup poll.  —  The poll finds that 55 percent of adults think Republicans will do a better job protecting …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Fox News
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Frank Newport / Gallup:   Republicans Expand Edge as Better Party Against Terrorism
Perry Stein / City Desk:
Some DCPS Students Were Assigned to Compare George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler  —  Some D.C. Public School seventh-graders were assigned the rather unpatriotic task this week of comparing Adolf Hitler to former President George W. Bush.  But now the school district wants you to know that such …
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Robert Costa / Associated Press:
Cleveland's winning bid to host the GOP convention highlights Portman's influence
Tara Palmeri / Page Six:
Arnold had Shriver scrubbed from portrait  —  He scrubbed her from his heart!  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger was so hot to erase any memory of his marriage to Maria Shriver that he had her face scrubbed from his official portrait as governor of California — and he didn't even care …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Truth Revolt
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”
CBS New York:
Catholic League Says It Will Not March In 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade is making more headlines.  —  A week after Organizers of the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade announced that they are ending a ban and allowing …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Secretary Of State Laments That Democrats Are Registering Minority Voters  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R)  —  CREDIT: Office of the Secretary of State  —  A day after the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans vowed to block early voting dates and locations …
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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GOP's Benghazi committee prepares for media spotlight
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Katie McDonough / Salon:
GoFundMe bans all content “relating to” abortion — leaves antiabortion campaigns active
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
War on women is winning
Sam Friedman / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Homemade license plate leads to Delta Junction man's arrest
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