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3:30 PM ET, September 15, 2014


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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: Republicans ‘trying to get you to check your brain at the door’  —  Former President Bill Clinton railed against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday and framed the midterm elections as more broadly about defining “the terms in which we will relate to each other and relate to the rest of the world.”
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Skeet-Shooting Grimes Tells McConnell 'That's Not How You Hold A Gun'  —  In a new TV ad slated for a six-figure statewide buy, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) he doesn't know how to hold a gun.  —  The 30-second ad features …
Discussion: Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   This Is What's Truly At Stake In The Battle For Senate Control
Juan Williams / The Hill:   GOP right content to attack the president
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Have Nerds Betrayed the Left?  —  Thomas Frank has identified the enemy of true populism: political science.  —  Shares  —  A couple of weeks ago, Tom Frank, author of What's the Matter With Kansas?, sympathetically interviewed academic-activist Cornel West, both of whom agreed that Barack Obama has betrayed the left.
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Thomas Frank: What's The Matter With The Democratic Party?  —  ‘Strikingly unoriginal thinking’ explains why the Democratic Party looks to be headed for another disaster this fall, he says.  —  Thomas “What's The Matter With Kansas?”  Frank takes political data journalism to the woodshed:
Thomas Frank / Salon:
All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus  —  But expert opinion is why we're in this mess  —  In a recent article on Vox, Ezra Klein declared that his generation of Washington journalists had discovered political science, and it is like the hottest thing on wheels.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt  —  The “vintage Kent State” sweatshirt is for sale in the women's section of the Urban Outfitters' website.  —  —  It can be found through a quick search on the website:
Urban Outfitters / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused.  It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Urban Outfitters Offers ‘Vintage’ Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt
Discussion: Wonkette
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Hillary Clinton: 'It's true I am thinking about' the presidency  —  Democratic superstar Hillary Clinton laid down a placeholder for a 2016 presidential bid Sunday during the feel-good nostalgia festival that was the Harkin Steak Fry.  —  She teased her White House ambitions by referring to …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton dodges questions from DREAMers
Discussion: Business Insider and BuzzFeed
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Hillary: 'Hello Iowa — I'm back!'
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and
Sarfraz Manzoor / New York Times:
Multiculturalism and Rape in Rotherham  —  LONDON — A man recently came to visit the member of Parliament for Rotherham, Yorkshire, and he had a question.  Now in his late 50s, he had arrived from Pakistan three decades earlier.  After a lifetime of hard work, he could not understand …
Daily Mail:
Rotherham child-sex victim confronts her alleged abuser in the street... but SHE is arrested by a van load of police
Discussion: Vox Popoli
USA Today:
Senate has a secret book of rules  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrea Hay / New York Post:
School's strict dress code nets 200 detentions, parent rebellion  —  Tottenville High School has implemented a strict dress code that's landed 200 kids in detention — and incited rebellion among the kids.  —  A strict dress code introduced by a Staten Island public high school principal …
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
State Republican Party Official Resigns After Suggesting Women On Welfare Should Be Sterilized  —  Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce  —  Former state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party late on Sunday evening amid criticism …
Arizona Republic:
Pearce resigns as first vice chair of Arizona GOP
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul: As world changes, ‘you change’  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Monday pushed back against heightened criticism that he has flip-flopped on foreign policy issues, saying he has stood firmly against the Obama administration's policies in Syria.  —  Appearing on CBS “This Morning,” …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Turning Tables, Democrats Use Cultural Issues as a Cudgel  —  RESTON, Va. — After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.  —  Democrats see social issues as potent …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How to Get It Wrong  —  Last week I participated in a conference organized by Rethinking Economics, a student-run group hoping to promote, you guessed it, a rethinking of economics.  And Mammon knows that economics needs rethinking in the wake of a disastrous crisis, a crisis that was neither predicted nor prevented.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Millward / Telegraph:
Backing for Condoleezza Rice to take over scandal hit NFL  —  High powered backing for former Secretary of State to rescue America's most popular sport  —  Support is growing for a campaign to draft Condoleezza Rice as Commissioner for the troubled National Football League (NFL).
Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass  —  Water flows through the Winooski One hydro-electric plant in Winooski, VT. The Burlington Electric Department's recent purchase of the facility, located in the Winooski River between Burlington and the city of Winooski …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Associated Press
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: Alaska, A Frontier For Bad Polling
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Holder Says Private Suit Risks State Secrets
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and rubber hose
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Challenging the Privacy of Statements Inside the Jury Room
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Trust in Executive, Legislative Branches Down
Mike Allen / Politico:
NFL's return to Congress
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment
 Earlier Items: 
James Pindell / WMUR:
50 days out from election, poll says Shaheen-Brown race tied
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Chicago schools filthy with rodents, roaches, garbage — principals say
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Stupid Right Wing Tweets: Chuck Woolery Edition
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
POLITICO poll: GOP has edge on immigration in midterms
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Ex-CIA director predicts 5,000 US personnel on ground by December
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
The Name of the Fight  —  “Mr. President, everybody is asking …