Open Thread for August 23, 2014….Why I stopped reading Gates’ new book ‘Duty’

In his book he constantly had to second judge others who knew little about the Middle East and even less about how to take care of the men and women sent in harms way….

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The NY Giants need to seriously think about Eli Manning’s retirement….

If ever there were a number to best symbolize the Giants’ offense this preseason, it came Thursday night. Eli Manning played two no-huddle series against the Patriots’ backups, attempted four passes, completed one and threw for a total of how many yards?

Zero.

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New York State Teachers get High evaluations and students don’t do so good….

The results have prompted an outcry from critics who question how so many of the state’s teachers could be regarded so highly while so many of their students are performing poorly.

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Obama addresses the Ukraine and Syria 8/28/14…..Strategy?…and a Tan Suit…

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” he said. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”

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Hillary comes our right down the middle on Ferguson….

Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the first time since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a “thorough and speedy investigation.”

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8 /28/14…Mary Burke keeps her lead on Scott Walker, but it’s tight

WI-Gov: The respected Marquette University Law School poll is out with a new survey, and they find things as close as ever. Among registered voters, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has a small 48-44 lead over Democratic foe Mary Burke. However, among likely voters, it’s Burke who’s up, by 49-47…..

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Political Roundup for August 28, 2014…Red Racing Horses

AK-Sen: Dan Sullivan is having a lot of fun in his second ad of the general, shooting the bejeezus out of one of those old tube-style TV’s as it runs a negative ad……

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Rand Paul calls Hillary a ‘Hawk’ on Syria….

This direction for Paul is gonna cost him GOP primary votes just as it deep-sized his fathers efforts to run for President….

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Politico takes a look at Harry Reid …..

“Senator Reid is running for reelection regardless of who his opponent is,”

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Stanley McChrystal steps into politics…Backing two Democrats…

It’s the first overtly political foray for McChrystal since he was forced to resign as the leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2010 in the wake of a Rolling Stone article where he made disparaging comments about the Obama administration’s strategy in the country.

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Election*Projection 8/28/14…Walker falls behind…Arizona statehouse goes Democratic…

Wisconsin Governor….
Arizona Governor….

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Senate Democrats outperforming expectations?

Across the board, Democratic candidates in the nine states above are doing better in the polls-only estimate than the mainstream media models would predict. This is particularly true for Alaska, Arkansas, and North Carolina. In these three states, Democrats are outperforming the expectations of the data pundits (The Upshot’s Leo, Nate Silver, Harry Enten, John Sides, etc.). Why is that, and will it last?

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What ISIS controls and what it does NOT…..

“This means controlling major cities and, yes, roadways—but you also have to realize that some of that area is desert, so what does ‘control’ of that kind of land even mean?”

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Breaking…Mitt Romney leads the 2016 Republican field in Iowa…

Romeny , who lost to President Obama 2 years ago is the frontrunner in Iowa for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination…

And dig this….

I know it’s the first poll (More are gonna be coming)….

The other guys ain’t even close….

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McConnell….Congress has the President’s back on ISIS/ISIL….

President Obama would have “a lot of congressional support” — including that of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — if he asked for a vote to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Kentucky Republican said Wednesday.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8/27/14…PPP pegs Iowa Senate race as a deadlock

IA-Sen, Gov: Several recent polls have shown a close race in the U.S. Senate contest in the Hawkeye State, and Public Policy Polling adds another one. The firms finds Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley leads Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst 42-41 in their contest to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, with third-party candidates taking a combined 5 percent. Back in May, before Ernst won the Republican nomination, Braley led 45-39. The undecideds lean Democratic, voting for Obama by 13 points and self-identifying as Democrats by an 11-point margin.

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Political Roundup for August 27, 2014…Hillary a 3rd term Obama?…Red Racing Horses

Clinton: What can doom former SoS and co-President Hillary Clinton in her bid to return the Clintons to the White House? Being the third term of Obama. The Clintons have a very difficult needle to thread here. Obviously they want Obama’s base to show up, but they need the middle and many people who have not supported him from day one.

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