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2:45 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.
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Kerry: ISIS not a ‘war’
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Lawfare, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Can Obama Wage War Without Consent of Congress?
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
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  Rob has withdrawn from the ballot for mayor.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
Globe and Mail:
Rob Ford drops out of mayoral race, Doug Ford running in his place
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 …
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” …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Rep. Clyburn: Key To Getting Out The Dem Vote Is ‘Sexting’ (VIDEO)
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Elections poised to expand ObamaCare  —  Democrats running in five highly competitive governors races this year have vowed to expand Medicaid coverage through ObamaCare if they are elected, something that could result in 1.7 million new people getting covered.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Amanda Kowalski / Brookings Institute:
The Early Impact of the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Washington Post
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
APNEWSBREAK: US SHARPLY CUTTING DEPORTATIONS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more from deportation.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
DHS asks stores to watch customers behavior for terrorist signs
Discussion: Hit & Run and Techdirt
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Clinton Quietly Scrubs ‘Remarks’ From Website  —  Hillary Clinton is widely considered, should she enter the 2016 presidential race, the Democratic front runner.  But the former secretary of state is shrinking rather than building an already limited website presence.
Discussion: Power Line
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Voting rights cases may be headed back to Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's decision last year eliminating a barrier against voting procedure changes in mostly Southern states came with a caveat: Chief Justice John Roberts warned that the Voting Rights Act still included a …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Kansas Supreme Court will hear Chad Taylor ballot case on Tuesday
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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
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: National Review and OnPolitics
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé
Discussion:, Mediaite and Mashable
Bourree Lam / The Atlantic Online:
A Matter of Life and Death: The Danger of an Out-of-Control State
Discussion: and ACS Blog
Weekly Standard:
Getting There  —  How to transition from Obamacare to real health care reform
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Watch Each of the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That We're Bombing Iraq
Mike Ward / Houston Chronicle:
Abbott: Davis book tour violates state law
Susan Vass / Weekly Standard:
Westlake Lives!  —  Tasty morsels from the late master's larder
Discussion: Power Line
Obama's strategy: Kill ISIS before they kill us
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him