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11:30 PM ET, September 11, 2014

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David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Speech on ISIS, in Plain English  —  Qua speech, Barack Obama's address Wednesday on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was surprisingly terrible: a disorganized mess, insincere and unconvincing.  To appreciate just how bad and bizarre it was, compare the president's speech announcing …
Discussion: New Yorker and Washington Monthly
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CNN:
Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS  —  (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's strategy includes “many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Question for the State Department: Isn't Obama waging preemptive war in Iraq now?  —  Via the Free Beacon.  I would have phrased the question differently, like, say, “When exactly did President Obama decide that the Bush doctrine is awesome?”  Because he has, you know.  But we needn't quibble over semantics.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq
New York Times:
Struggling to Gauge ISIS Threat, Even as U.S. Prepares to Act
Ron Bell / Yahoo Global Public Policy:
Shedding Light on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC): Court Findings from Our 2007-2008 Case  —  Today we are pleased to announce the release of more than 1,500 pages of once-secret papers from Yahoo's 2007-2008 challenge to the expansion of U.S. surveillance laws.
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data  —  The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday …
Amanda Coyne:
Loose Lips: Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit.  Campaigns gear up.  Mayor Dan grabs a Tiger by the tail.  —  About 65 people showed for the fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and lt. gov. candidate Byron Mallott on Monday night.  It wasn't the usual Dem crowd.
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Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
Anchorage PD: Palins Were ‘Present’ At 20-Person Brawl.  Fate Of Hos' Weave Unknown  —  and we done called up the Anchorage PD to say “yo, Palin fight?” and they said “maybe.”  ALL THE PULITZERS PLS.  —  Anita in the Anchorage Police Department's communications office is sitting at her desk …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. seeks up to 16 months in prison for Dinesh D'Souza  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. government wants conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza to be sentenced to as much as 16 months in prison, following his guilty plea to a campaign finance law violation.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Don Van Natta Jr / ESPN:
Ray Rice told Goodell he hit fiancee  —  Ray Rice told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16 that he punched his then-fiancee in a casino elevator, four sources have told “Outside the Lines,” an assertion that contradicts Goodell's statement this week that “when we met with Ray Rice …
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Senate: Hagan (D) 45%, Tillis (R) 39%  —  Is Kay Hagan's “war on women” strategy beginning to pay off?  The embattled incumbent Democrat has now moved ahead of Republican challenger Thom Tillis in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey …
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Reuters:
Russia says air strikes in Syria would be act of aggression without U.N. vote  —  (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a U.N. Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, raising the possibility of a new confrontation with the West in coming weeks.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama's New War on ISIS May Be Illegal
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court won't release costs of Gitmo camp  —  A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Pentagon need not make public a document detailing the costs associated with a Guantanamo Bay prison camp used to house so-called high-value detainees.  —  In a ten-page opinion (posted here) …
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: Mediaite, Truth Revolt and Politico
Jeff Sessions / National Review:
Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty  —  Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday evening about Senate Democrats' refusal to support legislation to block the president's proposed executive actions …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Judge strikes down Ohio law on election lies  —  A federal judge has struck down an Ohio state law that allows the government to regulate political falsehoods.  —  In a Thursday decision (posted here), U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black sided with the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List …
Discussion: Mediaite
New from the Guttmacher Institute:
Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over the Counter, But That's No Substitute for Contraceptive Coverage  —  In recent weeks, some opponents of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage guarantee have promoted the idea that oral contraceptive pills should be available to adult women without a prescription.
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
 
 
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William J. Bennett / Wall Street Journal:
The Conservative Case for Common Core
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Joe Biden to chase Hillary Clinton to Iowa next week
Discussion: Washington Post
Robert A. Cronkletonthe / Kansas City Star:
FBI investigating vandalism at Cleaver's KC office
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
CBS New York:
Catholic League Says It Will Not March In 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting Birth Control
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Maher vs. Charlie Rose: To Claim Islam Is Like Other Religions Is Naive And Plain Wrong
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and National Review
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP's Benghazi committee prepares for media spotlight
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Graeme Wood / The New Republic:
The Three Types of People Who Fight for ISIS
Vali R. Nasr / New York Times:
The Grand Strategy Obama Needs
Discussion: VodkaPundit