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5:10 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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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
Cops: Zimmerman threatened man  —  Lake Mary police say driver did not want to press charges  —  Author: Daniel Dahm, Managing Editor of,  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. -  —  George Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary …
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 …
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
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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?
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 …
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.
Steve SingiserFollow / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Recent data hints at a ‘Macro/Micro’ polling divide  —  On a week that has arguably been among the better polling weeks for the Democrats, an unheralded story has been the recent move on the generic ballot, and how it seems to be contrary to what we saw (at least, this week) in race-by-race polling.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN exec on McCain's cable ubiquity: ‘A strong and important voice in American politics’
Bolin draws long straw to win Poplarville alderman race
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
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Kirk fundraising off ‘rumor’ Michelle Obama will run for his seat
Discussion: OnPolitics and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé
Discussion:, Mediaite and Mashable
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: 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
Democrats' whopper of a strategy flop
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal