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11:55 AM ET, September 30, 2014


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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.
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) …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama wasn't passing buck with ISIS comment
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Politico
Daily Mail:
Obama has had accurate intelligence about ISIS since BEFORE the 2012 election, says administration insider
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Pass-the-Buck Presidency
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 …
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.
Tod Palmerthe / Kansas City Star:
Referees flag Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone  —  Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim.  He's also a safety for the Chiefs, and he made a promise to himself if he ever did find himself in the end zone.  —  “If I get a pick …
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Early voting in Ohio blocked (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE 6:10 p.m. Justice Elena Kagan turned down without comment a separate request by Ohio's legislature for the same kind of order postponing some of the early voting options.  The legislature has been allowed into the controversy only as a “friend of the court,” not as a full party.
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Samizdata and Althouse
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
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.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Geena Davis: Women ‘stalled’ in D.C.  —  Actress Geena Davis says the route to getting more women into public office lies not only in D.C — but in Hollywood.  —  “We're not showing female politicians in the entertainment media,” Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, said in an interview.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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
Three cited after another teen mob strikes in Memphis … MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three teens have been cited by Memphis police after a mob of teenagers attacked several people Friday night.  —  Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m.
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.
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Erin Dooley / ABC News:
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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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Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: American Prospect
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Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Washington Post and Politico
Peter Van Buren / Firedoglake:
US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist
Discussion: NY Daily News and Balloon Juice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: OK beheader's family wants “the whole story” to come out
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran executes man for heresy
Discussion: Raw Story