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9:55 PM ET, September 12, 2014

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Amanda Coyne:
Eyewitness comes forward on ‘Palin brawl’  —  Eric Thompson was having fun with friends and his wife at a party in South Anchorage on Saturday night.  Thompson, who is 56 years old, was the designated driver for the evening, so he wasn't drinking.  But that was okay with him.  He was among friends.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Man Reportedly Fired From Job After Telling ABC He Saw Palin Family Brawl (VIDEO)  —  A man who said he witnessed an epic fistfight last weekend at an Anchorage, Alaska party that allegedly included Sarah Palin's family was reportedly fired from his job after telling ABC's “Good Morning America” what he saw.
Discussion: The Immoral Minority and Wonkette
Congressman Mark Sanford / Facebook:
I apologize for the length of this post, but given the gravity of the issue at hand when I sat down to write late last night a long list of things came to my mind.  —  More than anything, I am struck by two truths.  One, it seems that history well documents that those who work to avoid conflict …
Cole Premo / CBS Minnesota:
Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Will Not Play Sunday  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a grand jury indicted him for reckless or negligent injury to a child.  —  Peterson will not play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
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TMZ.com:
Adrian Peterson — Indicted for Child Abuse ... Doc Reported Injuries (Photo Update)  —  INDICTED FOR CHILD ABUSE  —  (Photo Update)  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  4:12 PM PT — According to the police report, Peterson allegedly sent text messages to the child's mother saying he “felt bad” because he struck the kid in the testicles.
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
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map
New York Times:
Arabs Give Tepid Support to U.S. Fight Against ISIS
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Uncertain Trumpeters  —  Johnny Waffles rallies our allies to …
ABC News:
‘So Little Compassion’: Foley Parents on Gov't ‘Threats’ … The mother of slain American journalist James Foley said she wasn't necessarily surprised that the U.S. government threatened her family with prosecution should they raise money to pay her son's ransom, but she was astounded by how such a devastating message was delivered.
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo! News:
Sotloff's parents told they could be prosecuted for paying ransom to IS  —  The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff were told by a White House counterterrorism official at a meeting last May that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid ransom to try to free their son …
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 …
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Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A driver says George Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking ‘Do you know who I am?’ during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.  —  The driver, whose name hasn't been released …
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 …
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Lucas Oleniuk / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford withdraws from mayor's race, Doug files to take his place
Discussion: Mashable
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid
BBC:
Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to spy on Palestinians  —  Dozens of veterans of an elite Israeli military signals intelligence unit have said they will no longer serve in operations against Palestinians.  —  Forty-three past and present reservists signed a letter about Unit 8200, which carries out electronic surveillance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Guardian:
Israeli intelligence veterans' letter to Netanyahu and military chiefs - in full
Discussion: Business Insider
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Ted Cruz and the most cynical, despicable political stunt of the year  —  Aggressively supporting Israel is a political winner for conservatives.  But when it comes at the expense of persecuted Christians who fear for their lives...  Berating a persecuted religious minority for your own political gain?
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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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Inflation Cult  —  Wish I'd said that!  Earlier this week, Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, writing on The Times's DealBook blog, compared people who keep predicting runaway inflation to “true believers whose faith in a predicted apocalypse persists even after it fails to materialize.”  Indeed.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
MJ Lee / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren the message machine  —  Chances are, Elizabeth Warren has already answered your question.  —  The freshman Massachusetts Democratic senator has been everywhere the past few months, appearing on an impressive list of Sunday shows and cable news programs …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Paul D. Shinkman / US News:
After Obama's Islamic State Speech, the Real Work Begins  —  Appraising the Syrian opposition and finding allies are among the challenges the U.S. effort faces.  —  Free Syrian Army members take position west of Idlib, Syria.  The president's plan for airstrikes against the Islamic State group …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Silent Coup  —  “The constitutional amendment before us,” Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, “isn't about limiting free speech.”  —  Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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?
 
 
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Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Techdirt
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN exec on McCain's cable ubiquity: ‘A strong and important voice in American politics’
WLOX-TV:
Bolin draws long straw to win Poplarville alderman race
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
In Southerland-Graham race, the subject turns to lingerie
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
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé
Discussion: 7online.com, Mediaite and Mashable
Lisa Wirthman / Denver Post:
GOP'S UNDERHANDED PUSH FOR OVER-THE-COUNTER BIRTH CONTROL
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Elections poised to expand ObamaCare
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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
Michael T. Osterholm / New York Times:
What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola
Mike Ward / Houston Chronicle:
Abbott: Davis book tour violates state law
Politico:
Democrats' whopper of a strategy flop