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6:55 PM ET, September 24, 2014


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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Iraq Is Not Bush's Iraq  —  The war against ISIS may fail.  But morally, it's the opposite of Bush's war, and if it succeeds, it will do so for precisely that reason.  —  Last week, a Politico reporter phoned me to ascertain my thoughts on the new war.
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton stands with Obama on airstrikes, arming Syrian rebels  —  New York (CNN) — Hillary Clinton publicly backed President Barack Obama's authorization of Syrian airstrikes during a panel discussion in New York Wednesday and attempted to dismiss previous disagreements she had with the Obama administration on Syria.
UPDATE |  Traficant ‘critical;’ doctors to make determination within 72 hours  —  GREENFORD — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. is in “very critical condition” after an accident on his family farm, his wife, Tish Traficant, said today.  —  The former congressman, 73, is …
Discussion: OnPolitics and ABC News
Former Congressman Jim Traficant critically injured in farm accident
Ezra Klein / Vox:
In conservative media, Obamacare is a disaster.  In the real world, it's working.  —  Before Obamacare launched, conservative outlets warned that the law would collapse as insurers shunned the overpriced, overregulated insurance exchanges.  “More Insurers Drop Out Of Exchanges,” warned Fox Business.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math
Suzy Khimm /
How DC's conservative elite view liberals  —  What do conservatives think of liberals today?  —  Here's the view from the Heritage Foundation: Liberalism creates self-indulgent, licentious hedonists willing to cede every other kind of freedom to an increasingly authoritarian government.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Say a Third Political Party Is Needed  —  Views little changed from last year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” representing the American people.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: 6th Circuit Upholds Federal Court Order Extending Ohio Early Voting: Analysis  —  You can read the unanimous 46 page opinion at this link.  This result is as expected after the same 6th Circuit panel refused an earlier stay request from Ohio.  Here are my thoughts on this opinion.
French hostage Herve Gourdel ‘beheaded in Algeria’  —  An Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.  —  Jund al-Khilafa, an ally of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq …
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 …
Justice Dept. to investigate police shooting of Fairfield man  —  Special grand jury declines to indict officers in Walmart shooting  —  A special grand jury has declined to indict either police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Tri-State man at a Dayton-area Walmart.
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times Promotes Editors, in Change of Leadership Structure  —  The executive editor of The New York Times announced broad changes to the newspaper's leadership Wednesday, replacing titles that had been used for decades and promoting several senior editors.
Washington Post:
Full text of President Obama's 2014 address to the United Nations General Assembly  —  Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by President Barack Obama  —  Address to the United Nations General Assembly  —  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Candidate Who Backed Forced Ultrasound Law Tries To Win Back Women Voters  —  WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA — In a windowless Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday, a group of about 50 white and elderly Republicans dined on barbecue and sheet cake as they listened to a brief campaign pitch from Barbara Comstock …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Twitchy
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Why I can't resign now  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pushing back against suggestions that she should soon retire, saying President Barack Obama would be unable to get a justice like her through the Senate.  —  “Who do you think President Obama …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Federal Court Lifts Injunction In Walker Investigation  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court's ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and more than two dozen conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Secret G.O.P. Records Reveal Corporate Donors Paying for Access to Governors  —  WASHINGTON — In politics, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good.  Republicans and Democrats, and groups sympathetic to both, spend millions on sophisticated technology to gain an advantage.
Discussion: Washington Post
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Family Says Louisiana Deputy Shot 14-year-old ‘Four Or Five Times In The Back’  —  Louisiana State Police were investigating on Wednesday after a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 14-year-old boy.  —  Louisiana State Police were investigating on Wednesday …
Discussion: Liberaland
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Kansas, longtime GOP Sen. Pat Roberts faces doubts as he scrambles to hold seat  —  KINSLEY, Kan. — Shirley Deege is a proud Republican.  For as long as she can remember, the nurse has been voting for Pat Roberts — in the 1980s, when he represented a vast patchwork of dusty plains hamlets …
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.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum  —  ARVADA, Colo. — A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard …
James Cook / Business Insider:
The Emma Watson Naked Photo Countdown Was The Work Of Serial Internet Hoaxers  —  A mysterious countdown website emerged on Monday that hinted at the imminent reveal of naked photographs of the actress Emma Watson, stolen using the same iCloud vulnerability that hackers used to steal photographs …
Martha T. Moore / Associated Press:
Arkansas poll: Senate and governor races all tied up  —  A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows just how tough Democrats have it in the fight keep control the U.S. Senate: Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, running for re-election in a state President Obama lost, is all tied up with GOP challenger Tom Cotton.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Jersey Shore's Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino pleads not guilty to federal tax evasion charges
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Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Limited English Limits Job Prospects
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Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
How to Reveal You Had an Abortion  —  A guide for Wendy Davis and other politicians
Phil Attinger / News-Sun:
Sebring man accidentally shoots wife
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama endures as the lesser evil for liberals
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
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A Health Care Success Story
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
State rep candidate voted in Illinois and Wisconsin
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Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Southern Baptists Kick Out Gay-Friendly Church
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post announces cuts to employees' retirement benefits
Washington Examiner:
What if we applied feminist logic to other crimes?
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
America Out of Whack
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