Check out Mini-memeorandum for simple mobiles or memeorandum Mobile for modern smartphones.
11:45 AM ET, September 24, 2014


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan  —  President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL.  He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place …
Washington Post:
In Syria, Obama stretches legal and policy constraints he created for counterterrorism  —  After spending nearly six years of his presidency installing a series of constraints on U.S. counterterrorism operations, President Obama has launched a broad military offensive against Islamist groups …
Discussion: CNN and American Prospect
New York Times:
U.S. Is Carrying Out Vast Majority of Strikes on ISIS, Military Officials Say
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama praises Arab coalition against ISIS
Jerusalem Post:
Source: US told Iran it would strike in Syria, vowed not to hit Assad's forces
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Fox News
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Who Is The U.S. Actually Bombing In Syria?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports  —  White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities.  They are written by reporters for other reporters …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Barack Obama roasted over ‘Starbucks salute’  —  Many criticized the coffee-in-hand salute by Obama.  White House Instagram
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
President Obama Gesture to Marines Dubbed ‘Latte Salute’  —  Some are calling it the “latte salute.”  —  When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street landing zone in New York City, en route the United Nations, he saluted two Marines at the bottom of the stairs as he held a coffee cup in the same hand.
Don't Limit Tax Relief to Families  —  SHARES  —  Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have a fine op-ed up at The Wall Street Journal today outlining the “pro-family, pro-growth tax reform” they plan to pursue November.  Rubio and Lee write:
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
A Pro-Family, Pro-Growth Tax Reform
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group  —  Facebook will possibly end its relationship with a controversial conservative policy organization over its stance on climate change, The Chronicle learned Tuesday.  —  The social media giant in Menlo Park would be the second Silicon Valley giant …
Washington Examiner:
What if we applied feminist logic to other crimes?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CRIME FEMINISM CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT  —  Feminists have been arguing that it's “victim-blaming” to suggest steps that women can take to reduce the risk of being sexual assaulted.  But what if that same logic were applied to all crime prevention tips?
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Conservative lawmakers secretly plot to oust John Boehner  —  For months, several clusters of conservative lawmakers have been secretly huddling inside and outside the Capitol, plotting to oust John Boehner from the Speaker's office when House Republicans regroup after the November elections.
Discussion: Capitol Report
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Candidate: Romney's 47 Percent Comment Was True, 'It's Bigger Now' (VIDEO)  —  A Republican Congressional candidate in Nevada argued that Mitt Romney's famous 47 percent comments was not only true, it's even more true now than when Romney said it during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post announces cuts to employees' retirement benefits  —  The Washington Post announced large cuts in retirement benefits on Tuesday, declaring that it would eliminate future retirement medical benefits and freeze defined-benefit pensions for nonunion employees.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
America Out of Whack  —  There is something out of whack in America.  Instead of promoting equality, public policy has left millions locked into lives of restricted opportunity while bestowing the benefits of growth on the very few.  —  We know this and yet we let it continue.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Text of Obama's U.N. Address  —  Here's the text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly:  —  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Jim Webb ‘Seriously Looking’ at 2016 Presidential Race  —  Should he follow through, Mr. Webb, a Democrat, would make an intriguing challenger to the party's presumptive front-runner, Hillary Clinton.  A former senator who chose not to seek a second term, Mr. Webb also has been secretary of the Navy and served in combat in Vietnam.
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Southern Baptists Kick Out Gay-Friendly Church  —  The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation's largest protestant denomination, has kicked out a California church whose pastor embraces homosexuality, claiming that the minister and the church are not in …
Pew Research Center's Social & …:
Record Share of Americans Have Never Married  —  As Values, Economics and Gender Patterns Change  —  After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE  —  Coming off of her stirring dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, 21-year veteran Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never been a more important voice for American women.  In a rare interview—featured exclusively …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
State rep candidate voted in Illinois and Wisconsin  —  Republican Kathy Myalls is urging voters to elect her to a seat in the Illinois State Legislature.  —  But will she vote for herself?  —  It's a fair question, since records show Myalls has voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in recent years.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
9 Absurd Edit Justifications By Wikipedia's Neil Tyson Truthers  —  In case you've been living under a rock, you know that there's been a bit of controversy over a quote that Neil Tyson invented and then attributed to President George W. Bush.  Long story short: everything about Tyson's story is false …
New York Times:
A Health Care Success Story  —  IT may have been the most influential magazine article of the past decade.  In June of 2009, the doctor and writer Atul Gawande published a piece in The New Yorker called “The Cost Conundrum,” which examined why the small border city of McAllen, Tex. …
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of memeorandum at 11:45 AM ET, September 24, 2014.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 See Also: 
memeorandum: site main
memeorandum River: reverse chronological memeorandum
memeorandum Mobile: for phones
memeorandum Leaderboard: memeorandum's top sources
memeorandum RSS feed
memeorandum on Twitter
 More Items: 
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
Pregnant woman thrown, held belly-down to the ground by NYPD cop in Brooklyn
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
How to Save Obamacare: Make It a Women's Issue
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
REVEALED: Conspiracy To Destroy Rush Limbaugh Is Small, Organized, Deceptive
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column What ‘war on women’?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP ticket leads in Arkansas
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Chris Vognar / Dallas Morning News:
How a piece of Rush Limbaugh's riches went to abortion rights, courtesy of Dallas author Merritt Tierce
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Vulnerable Kansas Senator: We Are Heading Toward ‘National Socialism’