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11:05 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.
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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Kerry: ISIS not a ‘war’  —  The United States is not at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.  —  Kerry said the administration's plan to combat ISIS includes “many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war” during an interview with CNN.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN and Lawfare
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.
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Can Obama Wage War Without Consent of Congress?
Discussion: Politico
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map
Discussion: RedState and The PJ Tatler
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
John Kerry: No need for “war fever” in ISIS operations
Discussion: Hit & Run, Firedoglake and Truth Revolt
Carolyn Kaster / ABC News:
Sarah Palin's Family Allegedly in Alaska House Party Brawl  —  Sarah Palin and her family were at the center of a lively party last weekend that erupted into a fight, with daughter Bristol Palin allegedly throwing a right hook, a man who says he was a guest at the party told ABC News.
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Anchorage Daily News:
Witnesses, APD confirm Palin family was present at Anchorage party that turned violent  —  Police are investigating a brawl that took place in South Anchorage over the weekend involving around 20 people.  A witness said it happened during a joint birthday party thrown in part for Todd Palin.
Politico:
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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton tops Democrats in Iowa while Huckabee leads Republicans  —  Washington (CNN) — Hillary Clinton is heading to Iowa as the politician that most Democrats would choose as their 2016 presidential nominee.  —  According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 53% of all registered Democrats contacted …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
Mike Ward / Houston Chronicle:
Abbott: Davis book tour violates state law  —  AUSTIN — A dispute over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' book tour intensified Thursday as her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, accused her in a formal complaint of violating state election laws.
Robyn Dixon / Los Angeles Times:
Oscar Pistorius convicted of negligent killing, could face jail time  —  South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was cleared of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, was convicted Friday on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.  —  Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the athlete's defense …
Discussion: SBNation.com
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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 …
Weekly Standard:
Getting There  —  How to transition from Obamacare to real health care reform  —  Obamacare—or at least the version of it that the president and his advisers currently think they can get away with putting into place—has been upending arrangements and reshuffling the deck in the health system since the beginning of the year.
Discussion: National Review
Michael T. Osterholm / New York Times:
What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola  —  MINNEAPOLIS — THE Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done.  —  There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months.  Last week, the World Health Organization warned that …
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
 
 
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Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
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CNN:
Obama's strategy: Kill ISIS before they kill us
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