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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 …
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
Britain: Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria  —  Associated Press 4 hrs ago  —  BERLIN (AP) — Britain won't participate in any airstrikes on Syria but otherwise is ruling nothing out as it considers how to support President Barack Obama's plan to root out the Islamic State group, the British foreign secretary said Thursday.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA IRAQ NATIONAL SECURITY ISIS  —  If there's one thing America's misadventure in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 taught everyone, it is that things can go terribly wrong when the U.S. intervenes …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Vali R. Nasr / New York Times:
The Grand Strategy Obama Needs
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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” …
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.
New York Times:
Stop the Anti-Obamacare Shenanigans  —  SO far, opponents of the Affordable Care Act have lost every major battle to repeal or invalidate it.  Some of them are now urging the courts to interpret the health reform law in a way that would guarantee its failure.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting Birth Control
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Missouri lawmaker suing to deny daughters birth control access
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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
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
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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David Corn / Mother Jones:
The ISIS Speech: Obama and the Dogs of War
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
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”
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Kansas High Court Rejects Kobach's Request To Transfer Senate Case  —  The Kansas Supreme Court has decided to hear the lawsuit Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor has brought against Secretary of State Kris Kobach, after Kobach argued that the case should be transferred to a lower court.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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
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 …
 
 
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