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Obama, After Airstrikes in Syria, Says U.S. Will ‘Take the Fight’ to ISIS  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, declaring, “We're going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.”
Reuters:
US Airstrikes Under Way in Syria
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
America's new war president
Discussion: Althouse
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
BBC:
Syria: US begins air strikes on Islamic State targets
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:   Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Vulnerable Kansas Senator: We Are Heading Toward ‘National Socialism’  —  Incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is facing an unexpectedly fierce challenge for re-election, warned Monday at a campaign stop that the United States is heading for “national socialism.”
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
GOP's scorched-earth Kansas plan  —  Control of the Senate is potentially at stake in Kansas, and the GOP is beginning to double down.  —  With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-Kan.) …
Jennifer A. Kingson / New York Times:
On a Warmer Planet, Which Cities Will Be Safest?  —  Alaskans, stay in Alaska.  People in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, sit tight.  —  Scientists trying to predict the consequences of climate change say that they see few safe havens from the storms, floods and droughts that are sure to intensify over the coming decades.
Discussion: SFist and Unfogged
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Something is terribly wrong with the Secret Service  —  President Obama is supporting the Secret Service in the wake of a deeply troubling incident in which a disturbed man jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn, and actually entered the White House Friday evening.
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Washington Post:
Secret Service study from 1990s found White House vulnerable to fence-jumpers
Discussion: National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House won't estimate cost of ISIS war
Discussion: Hit & Run
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Conservative Writer Dinesh D'Souza Is Spared Prison Time For Campaign Finance Conviction  —  Buster  —  Conservative writer/filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was spared prison time today when a federal judge sentenced him to five years probation for violating campaign finance laws.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: In #KSSEN Candidate Replacement Case, KS Supreme Court Kicks Case Back to Lower Court, Delaying Consideration  —  The Kansas Supreme Court has just issued this order.  The plaintiff seeks to force Democrats to choose a successor to Chad Taylor in the race for U.S. Senate.
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
The Wisdom of the Crowd  —  “Don't follow leaders,” the bard of Hibbing once advised.  “Watch the parking meters,” he added—whatever that meant.  —  At Sunday's vast and beautiful climate march, on Central Park West somewhere in the Sixties, I ran into Bill McKibben, a longtime acquaintance …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music  —  Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats.  Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes.
James Mann / New York Times:
Obama Isn't Finished Yet  —  WASHINGTON — ON Sept. 18, 1986, more than two years before the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency, the columnist George F. Will, one of Reagan's earliest and strongest supporters, pronounced the Reagan administration dead.  “When an administration collapses …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Islamic State attack on Iraqi base leaves hundreds missing, shows army weaknesses  —  BAGHDAD — The army base in Iraq's western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Weasel Zippers
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Announces First Steps to Reduce Tax Benefits of Corporate Inversions  —  Unfair Practice Erodes the U.S. Tax Base  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice that takes targeted action to reduce the tax benefits of …
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Philip K. Howard / The Atlantic Online:
When Humans Lose Control of Government  —  The Veterans Affairs scandal of falsified waiting lists is the latest of a never-ending stream of government ineptitude.  Every season brings a new headline of failures: the botched roll-out of Obamacare involved 55 uncoordinated IT vendors …
New York Times:
Corrections: September 23, 2014  —  An article on Sept. 11 about President Obama's speech to the nation describing his plans for a military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies' support for his plans …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Neither Party Gets Good Marks from Its Base for Handling Illegal Immigration  —  Republicans Unhappy with GOP's Approach to Several Major Issues  —  As the current session of Congress comes to a close without significant action to address illegal immigration, neither Republicans nor Democrats …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Louisiana Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, Clashing With Federal Court  —  In a case brought by a same-sex couple married in California, a Louisiana state judge grants their adoption claim, and strikes down a ban for similar couples wishing to marry in Louisiana.
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Hope Ford / KLFY-TV:
Same-sex legal in Louisiana... for now
 
 
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