Portman Backs Obama; CENTCOM Chief’s Objection; Lassie’s Long Run

Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Good morning, it’s Friday, September 12, 2014. Barack Obama’s schedule today underscores a president’s varied responsibilities as the nation’s chief domestic policy officer, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and sugar daddy for his political party. Obama commemorates the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps in a South Lawn ceremony late this morning. In the afternoon, he tours Fort McHenry before headlining an evening fundraiser in Baltimore on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates. On Capitol Hill the main focus is also on politics, starting with a determination to... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Nevada lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in tax breaks for electric car maker Tesla

CARSON CITY Nevada (Reuters) - Nevada lawmakers on Thursday approved a package of bills to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for Tesla Motors, clinching a deal for the electric car company to build a massive factory in the state.
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Why Americans Want to Take Out ISIS

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
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Post-9/11: Protect the Freedom to Warn

Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
"If you see something, say something." That's what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire. Listen to Robert MacLean. He's a former Air Force nuclear weapons specialist and Border Patrol agent recruited by the government to serve as one of the first federal air marshals after 9/11. In 2003, MacLean underwent emergency training to prepare for a new round of al-Qaida hijacking threats. Jihadists exploiting visa and screening loopholes had planned to target East Coast... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

U.S. lawmakers embrace fight against Islamic State, some question Obama plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers say they are on the verge of taking a "war vote" as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama's campaign to destroy Islamic State, and despite broad support for action many fear being drawn into a quagmire.
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The New Politics of Foreign Policy

E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Over the last decade, the views of Americans on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation's power or a catastrophic mistake.This contest for public opinion has taken place in the shadow of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. For understandable reasons, the United States was thrown off balance by the horrific events of 13 years... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)