Appeals court clears way for early voting in Ohio

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for voters in Ohio to begin casting in-person ballots as early as Tuesday, 35 days before the November midterm election.
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Six Speeches and the Evolution of a President

George Condon, Natl Jrnl
There may be no better way to track the evolution of Barack Obama's presidency than his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, and no better way to assess where his foreign policy stands today than to watch Obama speak in New York Wednesday morning.Both the man and the message have matured since he first took to the U.N. podium. In that first address, on Sept. 23, 2009, the still-new president described himself as "humbled" to be there and his message was of "a discontent with a status quo" in the world. As he had done in his campaign domestically, he urged other world... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Bomb ISIS Oil Fields

Good for President Obama for bombing ISIS. And good that this is no token bombing but a real full-scale air offensive. And good that he has enlisted the other Arab countries. Even if they don't drop the bombs themselves, it may mean an end to their financing of terrorism.

But we should also be bombing the oil fields ISIS controls as well. ISIS fuels its war machine by pumping and selling between one and three million dollars a day from captured oil fields.

Cut off the money. Bomb their oil fields.

Some say they worry about destroying Iraq's oil industry. But Iraq pumps almost 3 million barrels each day. Losing 150,000 won't put much of a dent.

Others worry...

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Pope Francis’ American Messenger

E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has been described in media accounts as a "moderate" within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He's also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced on Saturday, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him:... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

U.S. companies offer more political spending detail: study

BOSTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. companies are reporting more detail about their political contributions, according to a survey by the Center for Political Accountability, a trend that won praise from the group, which pushes for greater transparency.
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The Tension at the Heart of ISIS Fight

Thomas Friedman, New York Times
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