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8:55 AM ET, September 12, 2014


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New York Times:
Legal Authority for Fighting ISIS  —  As the Pentagon gears up to expand its fight against ISIS, a fundamentalist Sunni militant group that controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, Congress appears perfectly willing to abdicate one of its most consequential powers: the authority to declare war.
Bruce Ackerman / New York Times:
Obama's Betrayal of the Constitution  —  BERLIN — PRESIDENT OBAMA's declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition.  Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.
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.
Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Obama's strategy: Kill ISIS before they kill us  —  Obama lays out ISIS strategy … (CNN) — Think that President Barack Obama has done a back flip on Iraq and Syria, gotten that old-time religion and is now a convert to the “let's kill them wherever we find them” approach of his predecessors?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
NY Daily News:
Obama's uncertain trumpet
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
Britain: Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria
Russia says air strikes in Syria would be act of aggression without U.N. vote
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
New Comic to Anchor ‘Update’ on ‘S.N.L.’  —  The new season of “Saturday Night Live” will have a significant change in its cast and its most prominent segment, “Weekend Update.”  —  Michael Che, a comic perhaps best known for his role as a correspondent on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show …
Democrats' whopper of a strategy flop  —  President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies hoped to capitalize on the recent wave of companies ditching the U.S. to slice their tax bill as a populist issue to fire up the progressive base and bash Republicans as slaves to corporate interests.
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.
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 …
John Eligon / New York Times:
Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Wait for Abortion  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature has enacted one of the most stringent waiting periods for women seeking abortions, overriding a veto by the state's Democratic governor, Jay Nixon.
Susan Vass / Weekly Standard:
Westlake Lives!  —  Tasty morsels from the late master's larder  —  Imagine that a beloved family member has died unexpectedly, leaving a huge void in your life.  Logic dictates that you will never hear another word from the deceased again.  But then, the departed contacts you in an hours-long séance!
Discussion: Power Line
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) …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him  —  Kimberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and in 2012 gave him another four years to deliver on his promises of hope and change.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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