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Texas gubernatorial candidates court Hispanic vote in debate

(Reuters) – Heading into the final weeks of the campaign, Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis held their first debate in a Rio Grande Valley border town as they targeted support from Hispanic voters.

Leapfrogging the Democrats’ Tech Advantage

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ
Azarias Reda, a 28-year-old data evangelist, on giving the Republican voter operation a radical upgrade for the midterms.

White House, Pentagon Differ on the Semantics of Combat

Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama’s insistence that American military forces in Iraq and potentially in Syria “do not and will not have a combat mission” conflicts, at least rhetorically, with the Pentagon’s pay system, which views the military advisers and troops operating in Iraq as in “imminent danger.”
Asked Friday if more than 1,600 military personnel deployed to support Iraqi efforts to destroy Islamic State terrorists are receiving combat pay, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he did not know and that the Defense Department had the answer. That answer, the…

Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

The Unwisdom of Barack Obama

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
At this dramatic time, with a world on fire, we look at the president and ponder again who he is. Mr. Obama himself mocked how people see him, according to a remarkable piece this week by Peter Baker in the New York Times. NYT -0.83% “Oh, it’s a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president,” he reportedly said, sarcastically, in a meeting with journalists before his big Syria speech. Zbigniew Brzezinski told Mr. Baker the president’s critics think he’s a “a softy. He’s not a softy.”

Scotland Rejects Independence But Changes Britain

Lou Cannon, RealClearPolitics
EDINBURGH, Sept. 19 — Scottish voters’ decisive rejection of independence yesterday reflected the triumph of fear about the economic unknowns over the hope for nationhood.
The outcome was not a surprise but the margin was greater than pre-election surveys had predicted. Fifty-five percent of Scots voted against ending Scotland’s three-century union with Great Britain; 45 percent voted for independence.
The turnout was 84.6 percent, largest in Scotland’s history. Twenty-eight of Scotland’s 32 districts voted against independence, but the nationalists won Glasgow, the…