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1:20 PM ET, September 22, 2014


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Gillibrand's Weight Watcher Revealed, and a Presidential Nominee Is Sunk  —  Good Monday morning and welcome to the inaugural edition of First Draft, your morning briefing for politics.  Today, the White House is reviewing the locks on its doors, 91-year-old Bob Dole hits the campaign trail …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
The Hillary Letters  —  NOTE: READ THE HILLARY CLINTON-SAUL ALINSKY LETTERS HERE.  —  Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveals new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Alaska Ad Finds a Target in Begich's Support of Gun Rights  —  Senator Mark Begich of Alaska was one of just five Democratic senators who voted against a bipartisan gun control bill last year, helping to ensure its failure.  —  But that hasn't prevented Dan Sullivan, Mr. Begich's Republican opponent …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence  —  Employers won't hire her.  She's been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.”  Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats.  And she's spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated …
John Fund / National Review:
The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus  —  Extremists' rhetoric heats up as their case falls apart.  —  Protesters at the People's Climate March in New York City, September 21.  (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)  —  The United Nations Climate Summit will begin in New York this Tuesday, but environmental activists didn't wait.
What We Saw at the People's Climate March
Geetika Rudra / ABC News:
Tens of Thousands March to Push for Climate Change Action
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Those Lazy Jobless  —  Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what's holding back employment in America: laziness.  People, he said, have “this idea” that “I really don't have to work.  I don't really want to do this.
Anchorage Daily News:
KTVA reporter quits on-air, reveals herself as owner of Alaska Cannabis Club  —  Reporter Charlo Greene quit on-air during KTVA-TV's 10 p.m. newscast Sunday, revealing herself as the owner of the medical marijuana business Alaska Cannabis Club and telling viewers that she would be using …
Washington Post:
Sam Brownback's failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury  —  GOV. SAM BROWNBACK of Kansas says he has come to regret characterizing his policy agenda as a “real live experiment” that would test the efficacy of deep tax cuts to spur jobs and economic growth.  In fact, Mr. Brownback's choice of words was apt.
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Monthly
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Obama's October Surprise  —  Get ready for bombs bursting in air and this election's October Surprise - President Obama's air strikes to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.  —  Last week a Fox News poll identified a phenomenon that my friend, pollster Dana Blanton, dubbed “The ISIS effect.”
UN Women - Headquarters:
Emma Watson: Gender equality is your issue too  —  Speech by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson at a special event for the HeForShe campaign, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 20 September 2014  —  [Check against delivery.]  —  Today we are launching a campaign called “HeForShe.”
New York Post:
Innocent man wrongly jailed for 23 years dies days before lawsuit  —  Jailed for more than two decades for a crime he did not commit, William Lopez's brief taste of freedom came to a sudden, tragic end Saturday when he died just days before his $124 million lawsuit for false imprisonment was set to start.
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Stephanie Schriock dodges on DNC question  —  EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock on Monday declined to rule out that she would consider seeking the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.  —  POLITICO reported last week that the current chairwoman, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Will It Take a Keg Stand for Mary Landrieu to Get Reelected?  —  Tailgating with the most endangered Democrat in the Senate. … It's game day in Baton Rouge, and the bro in the purple shirt wants Mary Landrieu's help doing a keg stand.  —  Landrieu, elected three times by the narrowest of margins …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd's Pain  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.  —  The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I'm the poster girl for bad pot trips.  —  It seemed like a match made in hash heaven.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Dish
Jon Feere / The Hill:
Obama's lawless immigration plan is a gift to the 1 percent  —  Unlike most political issues, immigration is not really a right vs. left or Republican vs. Democrat issue.  Instead, immigration is better understood as an elite vs. public issue where the elite in our society tends …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Eye on presidency?  Sen. Rand Paul to open office in Bay Area  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the state GOP convention in Los Angeles.  His plan to set up an office in the Bay Area may indicate a run for president.  Photo: Chris Carlson, Associated Press
We Ask America:
IL & MI  —  We continue our polls in Midwestern states today with our home base—Illinois—and races in Michigan.  —  Illinois: Everything old is new again  —  Governor Pat Quinn has made a career out of proving those who dismiss his chances in political races wrong.
Discussion: National Review
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
McCain won't campaign against Udall  —  U.S. Sen. John McCain plans to barnstorm the country on behalf of Republican Senate candidates in states such as Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oregon.  —  However, McCain, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic that he intends to sit …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service considers a larger buffer zone around the White House  —  After an unprecedented security breach Friday night at the White House, the U.S. Secret Service is weighing a series of measures that would move tourists and D.C. residents farther away from the complex to reduce the chances …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg signals she has no plans to retire soon
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Also Copied Some Text In Other Plans
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know
Discussion: Hit & Run and American Prospect
Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
Rice, Peterson NFL Scandals Really About Liberals' Plan to Pussify America, Say Rightbloggers
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg View and alicublog
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Hillary Clinton to appear at DC reception for long-time friend Lou D'Allesandro
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
World in turmoil marks Barack Obama's return to U.N.
New York Times:
Sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Top 10 Million in First Weekend
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Xi who must be obeyed
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Rape Epidemic Is a Fiction
Discussion: The College Fix
Daniel C. Esty / New York Times:
Bottom-Up Climate Fix
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Fight of Their Lives  —  The White House wants the Kurds to help save Iraq from ISIS.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
ISIS war rollout resembles launch of Obamacare site
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lillian Schrock / Casper Star-Tribune:
Goshen County buys grenade launcher
New York Times:
Child Pornography Case Spurs Debate on Military's Role in Law Enforcement