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1:40 PM ET, September 30, 2014


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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Mitt Isn't Ready to Call It Quits  —  “Hey, Ann, can you come here a sec?”  Mitt Romney called out, sinking into the cushions of a walnut-colored easy chair, his legs outstretched on a matching ottoman.  Romney's blue work shirt was tucked into faded jeans; sockless ankles peeked out from his New Balance sneakers.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Romney '12 in Two Paragraphs  —  Buried near the end of a soft-focus Mark Liebovitch piece on a visit with Ann and Mitt Romney, mainly preoccupied with determining whether the Mittster is serious about running again, is this fascinating snippet: … Liebovitch was interested in the …
New York Times:
Many Missteps in Assessment of ISIS Threat  —  WASHINGTON — By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama wasn't passing buck with ISIS comment
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Politico
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
7 Questions for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson After WH Intrusion
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Pass-the-Buck Presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
NFL: Muslim Player Shouldn't Have Been Penalized For Touchdown Prayer  —  The NFL said Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, shouldn't have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after kneeling in prayer post-touchdown during Monday night's game against the New England Patriots.
Jan Morgan Media:
My Gun Range is a Muslim Free Zone  —  The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range is now a a MUSLIM FREE ZONE.  —  To understand why I arrived at this decision, you must first take in to consideration the nature of my business.  —  This is not a coffee and donut shop.  This is a live fire indoor shooting range.
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
REPORT: OBAMA HAS MISSED OVER HALF HIS SECOND-TERM DAILY INTEL BRIEFINGS  —  A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) …
Daily Mail:
Obama has had accurate intelligence about ISIS since BEFORE the 2012 election, says administration insider
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Power Line
Camille Paglia / TIME:
The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil  —  Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.  —  Young women today do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature  —  The disappearance of University …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
This Is What's the Matter With Kansas  —  Sam Brownback tried to create a conservative utopia.  He created a conservative hell instead.  —  The midterm elections of 2010 were good for Republicans nearly everywhere, but amid the national Tea Party insurgency, it was easy to overlook the revolution that was brewing in Kansas.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dawinder S. Sidhu / The Atlantic Online:
How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom?  —  Religious freedom in the United States has ebbed and flowed between two competing concepts: the principled view that religion is a matter of individual conscience that cannot be invaded by the government, and the practical concern once expressed …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Politico:
A Supreme Failure
Discussion: Hot Air and SCOTUSblog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cassidy has small head to head lead over Landrieu  —  Public Policy Polling's newest Louisiana poll finds Bill Cassidy with a slight lead over Mary Landrieu in a possible December runoff election, 48/45.  The two candidates had been tied at 47 on PPP's last look at the race in late June.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Taegan Goddard's …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
For ISIS, Slaughter Is an End in Itself  —  LONDON — In a famous passage from “Survival in Auschwitz,” Primo Levi relates an incident upon arrival in the Nazi death camp that captures the intersection of the human with the inhuman.  He and other Italian prisoners have been held in a shed as they await their fate.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Lawyer Suing To Save A GOP Senate Seat Bungles His Case, Leaves His Client At Home  —  Thomas Haney, a lawyer suing the Kansas Democratic Party in a suit that could save Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-KS) uphill bid for reelection, showed up to court on Monday missing a crucial element of his case — his client.
Michael Phelps — Arrested FOR DUI ... Again  —  BUSTED FOR DUI  —  ... Again  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.  —  Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ugly Senate fight could await Obama's attorney general nominee  —  BARACK OBAMA ERIC HOLDER THOMAS PEREZ ATTORNEY GENERAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ROBERT GATES  —  President Obama has a pretty obvious deadline for nominating a successor to departing Attorney General Eric Holder.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
For next attorney general, reach across aisle: Column  —  Like at Defense, an attorney general and a president should come from different parties.  —  Eric Holder has announced that he will be stepping down as attorney general as soon as a replacement can be named.
Discussion: alicublog and Hit & Run
The Hill:
Reid, Daschle feud erupts  —  Simmering tensions between Harry Reid and Tom Daschle are erupting into an all-out feud.  —  Daschle is expressing frustration with the Senate majority leader (D-Nev.) for refusing to endorse Rick Weiland, a former Daschle aide who is running for the South Dakota seat held …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Daily Mail:
Piers' next chapter: MailOnline hires former CNN anchor Morgan as Editor-at-Large (US)  — Piers Morgan has been a journalist for 25 years.  As Editor-at-Large (US) he will dissect and comment on the big stories that matter in America  — This is his first major new role after spending …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Piers Morgan joins Daily Mail Online
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
U.S., Afghanistan sign security pact to allow American forces to remain in country  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region.
Discussion: Hot Air
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   US, Afghanistan sign security agreement
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Christie, Obama stump for Walker, Burke in Wisconsin
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
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James Hohmann / Politico:
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Estimating the Cost of Operations Against ISIL
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Jim Webb, former senator from Va., takes on his party's hawks. And maybe Clinton.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Field Operations: Democrats Are Spending More on the Ground in Key Senate Races
Discussion: Daily Kos and ProPublica
Washington Post:
A renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century
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NY Daily News:
Tracy Morgan's injuries in deadly crash were his fault, Wal-Mart says in response to lawsuit
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Socialism for me, but not for thee
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Poor Dudes Who Don't Get a “Say” Over a Woman's Reproductive Decisions
Discussion: American Prospect
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post's Ben Bradlee now in hospice care
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Washington Post and Politico