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3:35 PM ET, September 12, 2014

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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.
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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.
New York Times:
Arabs Give Tepid Support to U.S. Fight Against ISIS  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Many Arab governments grumbled quietly in 2011 as the United States left Iraq, fearful it might fall deeper into chaos or Iranian influence.  Now, the United States is back and getting a less than enthusiastic welcome …
Lucas Oleniuk / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford withdraws from mayor's race, Doug files to take his place  —  Mayor Rob Ford has ended his re-election bid but his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, wants to replace him.  —  Mayor Rob Ford chatting with brother Doug at city hall.  Rob has withdrawn from the ballot for mayor.  —  Photos View photos
Discussion: Mashable
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Globe and Mail:
Rob Ford drops out of mayoral race, Doug Ford running in his place  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the mayoral race, with brother Doug Ford registering to run in his place.  —  The mayor's campaign spokesman Jeff Silverstein appeared at City Hall's election services office Friday afternoon …
Chris Young / Toronto Star:
Questions and answers on Rob Ford and the nomination deadline
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.
Amanda Coyne:
Eyewitness comes forward on ‘Palin brawl’
Discussion: The Raw Story
WSVN-TV:
George Zimmerman has another run-in with the law  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. (WSVN) — Lake Mary Police have confirmed they've had another run-in with George Zimmerman.  —  According to officers, on Tuesday, a man called 911 saying George Zimmerman threatened to kill him during a road rage incident.
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clickorlando.com:
Cops: Zimmerman threatened man  —  Lake Mary police say driver did not want to press charges  —  Author: Daniel Dahm, Managing Editor of ClickOrlando.com, ddahm@clickorlando.com  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. -  —  George Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary …
Lisa Wirthman / Denver Post:
GOP'S UNDERHANDED PUSH FOR OVER-THE-COUNTER BIRTH CONTROL  —  If Republicans' newfound enthusiasm for birth control seems suspicious, it's with good reason.  Following the lead of Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner, a handful of Republicans in midterm races across the country …
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Evan Gahr / The Daily Caller:
James Clyburn Recommends ‘Sexting’ To C-SPAN Caller [VIDEO]  —  Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, recently told a C-SPAN caller that “sexting” is an important tool for organizing voters.  —  Clyburn seemed to confuse basic “texting” with “sexting” …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Rep. Clyburn: Key To Getting Out The Dem Vote Is ‘Sexting’ (VIDEO)
ABC News:
Government Threatened Foley Family Over Ransom Payments, Mother of Slain Journalist Says … Obama administration officials repeatedly threatened the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid ransom to the ISIS killers …
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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 …
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 …
mainly macro:
Scotland and the SNP: Fooling yourselves and deceiving others  —  There are many laudable reasons to campaign for Scottish independence.  But how far should those who passionately want independence be prepared to go to achieve that goal?  Should they, for example, deceive the Scottish people about the basic economics involved?
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP Senate's first 100 days  —  Republicans are putting together an agenda for the first 100 days of 2015 in case they win control of the Senate.  —  Authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, wiping out proposed environmental regulations and repealing the medical device tax top their list.
Pew Research Center:
Wide Partisan Differences Over the Issues That Matter in 2014  —  GOP Continues to Hold Engagement Advantage  —  Heading into the final weeks before the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters are split not only over their candidate preferences, but also about the importance of key issues in the election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
DHS asks stores to watch customers behavior for terrorist signs  —  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department will be issuing new guidance to retailers this week giving them pointers on how to spot potential terrorists among their customers by looking at what they're buying.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Inflation Cult  —  Wish I'd said that!  Earlier this week …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Stephen Lemons / Valley Fever:
Russell Pearce Disses Government Programs for the Poor on His Radio Show, While Helping to Run One
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Paul D. Shinkman / US News:
After Obama's Islamic State Speech, the Real Work Begins
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Clinton Quietly Scrubs ‘Remarks’ From Website
Discussion: Power Line
Steve SingiserFollow / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Recent data hints at a ‘Macro/Micro’ polling divide
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Kirk fundraising off ‘rumor’ Michelle Obama will run for his seat
Discussion: OnPolitics and National Review
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé
Discussion: 7online.com, Mediaite and Mashable
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Elections poised to expand ObamaCare
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Bourree Lam / The Atlantic Online:
A Matter of Life and Death: The Danger of an Out-of-Control State
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and ACS Blog
Weekly Standard:
Getting There  —  How to transition from Obamacare to real health care reform
Discussion: National Review
Mike Ward / Houston Chronicle:
Abbott: Davis book tour violates state law
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Voting rights cases may be headed back to Supreme Court
Discussion: BillMoyers.com