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7:30 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.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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
Carolyn Kaster / ABC News:
Sarah Palin's Family Allegedly in Alaska House Party Brawl
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Uncertain Trumpeters  —  Johnny Waffles rallies our allies to …
Cole Premo / CBS Minnesota:
Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Will Not Play Sunday  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A grand jury has indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson with reckless or negligent injury to a child, and will not play in this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Chris Young / Toronto Star:
Questions and answers on Rob Ford and the nomination deadline
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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?
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.
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
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?
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 …
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
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Silent Coup  —  “The constitutional amendment before us,” …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN exec on McCain's cable ubiquity: ‘A strong and important voice in American politics’
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
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé
Discussion:, Mediaite and Mashable
Lisa Wirthman / Denver Post:
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
DHS asks stores to watch customers behavior for terrorist signs
Discussion: Techdirt and Hit & Run
Democrats' whopper of a strategy flop
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal