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5:25 AM ET, September 12, 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: Middle East and Washington Monthly
Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
Britain: Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
Robert A. Cronkletonthe / Kansas City Star:
FBI investigating vandalism at Cleaver's KC office
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
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 …
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.
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.
Ed Payne / CNN:
Convicted high school shooter TJ Lane back in custody after prison escape  —  (CNN) — T.J. Lane, a remorseless killer who escaped from an Ohio prison where he was serving three life sentences for a school shooting, has been recaptured, a law enforcement official said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Scared Monkeys
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) …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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ABC News:
N.J. Rating Cut by S&P as Christie Gets Record Downgrade
Russia says air strikes in Syria would be act of aggression without U.N. vote
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Stop the Anti-Obamacare Shenanigans
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Tara Palmeri / Page Six:
Arnold had Shriver scrubbed from portrait
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Politico