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9:50 AM ET, September 26, 2014


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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
GOP to Obama: Don't use lame-duck Congress to replace Holder  —  Conservatives are warning President Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement, even as the White House signals its intention to fill the post quickly.
New York Times:
Eric Holder's Legacy  —  By any measure, the nearly-six-year tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has been one of the most consequential in United States history.  His decision to resign, which he announced on Thursday, was long anticipated; he has said he will stay on through his successor's confirmation.
Joshua DuBois / The Daily Beast:
Eric Holder: ‘We Finally Started to Turn This Aircraft Carrier Around.’  —  The outgoing AG talks to The Daily Beast about his ‘signature achievement,’ his vicious opponents, and why he isn't done yet: 'I don't just want to give speeches.'  —  In an exit interview today …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Why Holder Quit  —  The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
Discussion: Hot Air
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: Holder Ran The DOJ ‘Much Like The Black Panthers Would’
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Daily Caller
Rush Limbaugh:
Eric Holder Resigns, Will Be Replaced by Al Sharpton or Some Other Obama Clone
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, Mediaite and Hot Air
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Al Sharpton Says He's Helping The White House Pick The Next Attorney General
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Launch ‘Unprecedented’ Campaign Against Pro-Marriage Equality Republicans  —  National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council, and CitizenLink lash out against candidates “working to actively alienate the Republican base.”  —  Olaf Faeskorn/Tisei for Congress
Michael Lewis / Bloomberg View:
The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes  —  Probably most people would agree that the people paid by the U.S. government to regulate Wall Street have had their difficulties.  Most people would probably also agree on two reasons those difficulties seem only to be growing: an ever-more complex financial system …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why We're Talking About Mitt Romney  —  I've been mostly ignoring the various “Romney 2016!” trial balloons floated by various parties over the last six months or so (including by some of my dear friends, alas), but now that someone as sober and well-informed as Byron York has weighed in with a …
Jim O'Sullivan / The Boston Globe:
Martha Coakley dragged down by national trends  —  As White House Democrats prepare to stump in Massachusetts for Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor's race, a new Globe poll shows that national political conditions may be hobbling her chances for victory.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beating Brownback Would Redeem 2014  —  After reading Patrick Caldwell's very thorough explanation of why Gov. Sam Brownback's in danger of losing in November, I'm more convinced than ever that whether or not Republicans are kept from taking control of the Senate, it would be an important …
Patrick Caldwell / Mother Jones:
What's the Matter With Sam Brownback?
Associated Press:
Outside Groups' Planned Spending by the Numbers  —  Seven high-profile national political organizations have asked television stations to set aside more than $80 million in airtime to shape Senate races between now and Election Day, Nov. 4.  A look at where groups plan to empty their pockets during the next 5 1/2 weeks:
Discussion: Politico
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Incredibly Insipid War on Women 2.0
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
450,000 in Va. may lack proper ID needed to vote  —  About 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper identification needed to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections, the Virginia State Board of Elections said Thursday.  —  Under a state law that took effect this year …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben White / Politico:
Crunch time for Jeb Bush  —  It's now or never for Jeb Bush.  —  The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road.  But at 61 years old, the second son …
Discussion: Capitol Report
How Sen. Kay Hagan's husband won stimulus cash  —  When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across North Carolina.”  —  One of the families that later benefited is her own.
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones  —  FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Golden Bowl  —  Amy Chozick covers Hillary Clinton for the New York Times.  She is an enterprising and dedicated reporter, and many of her stories have annoyed the 2016 presidential frontrunner.  This week Chozick covered a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.  It was her turn to be annoyed.
Adam McDonald / KMOV-TV:
Ferguson representative fired for deadly past  —  FERGUSON, MO ( - Devin James was hired to represent the city of Ferguson and help officials rebuild the city's image, but he was fired after officials say they learned he was a convicted killer.  —  “Charlie Dooley terminated my contract,” James said.
Discussion: Daily RFT
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Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
Carly Fiorina Hits the Trail With an Eye on 2016
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
Dem Candidate's Film Studio Failed to Pay Taxes While Taking Subsidies to Make a Movie Criticizing Farm Subsidies
Discussion: Power Line
Daily Mail:
FBI says it has identified ‘Jihadi John’ seen in ISIS execution videos but will not reveal his identity or nationality
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Banter
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Senate Races: What September Polling Trends Tell Us
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘60 Minutes’ lands Obama interview
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP poll: Dem trails in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Wisconsin's Dilettante  —  The daughter of Trek Bicycle founder …
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Meet the Press’ finishes third, again
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Gabby Giffords's Gun-Control Ads Are Being Criticized Because They're Working
Paul A. Offit / Wall Street Journal:
The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic
Discussion: Washington Post