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With appearance in Iowa, Clinton takes a big step toward 2016

INDIANOLA Iowa (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stoked speculation on Sunday that she was moving closer to announcing a bid for the White House in 2016 as she visited the early-voting state of Iowa to take part in the state’s annual “steak fry,” a gathering of Democratic activists that often attracts presidential hopefuls.

The 12 Most Competitive Senate Races

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

Obama, Congress, ISIL: Where Things Stand & What’s Next

Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
As Congress heads into what it imagined would be a short two weeks of work during September, lawmakers are now trying to reckon with twin requests from President Obama for their support: He wants their backing for attacks on Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and for training and arming Syrian rebels to become “boots on the ground” against Sunni extremists inside Syria.
Pressure for action by the United States, the United Kingdom and other nations mounted Saturday after militants released a video to news media showing a black-masked executioner beheading British aid…

Texas governor’s race heats up over new book

DALLAS (Reuters) – The race for Texas governor entered a new chapter this week with the release of a memoir from Democratic candidate Wendy Davis that rekindled attention on abortion and led to an ethics complaint from her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott.

Scotland’s Epic Vote on Independence

George Will, Washington Post

The Palin Family’s Side of the Anchorage Brawl Story

Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
It’s a tale as old as time: A former vice-presidential nominee and her family roll up to an alcohol-soaked party in a stretch Hummer limousine, only to find themselves at the center of a bare-knuckle melee involving 20 people.
Wait — what? OK, so maybe the brawl that Sarah Palin and several members of her family were involved in last Saturday night isn’t exactly the type of story you expect to hear about someone who was nearly elected to the nation’s second highest office six years ago. But with The Washington Post, “Good Morning America,” the New York Times…