Wiretap: Obama’s war

Barack Obama went to the United Nations to explain why the United States must go to war against the Islamic State. And writers around the country weighed in on this stage Obama at this stage of his presidency. Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic writes that Obama found his inner George W. Bush. Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast says that Obama’s war in Iraq is nothing like Bush’s war in Iraq. Dana Milbank at the Washington Post writes that Obama showed how a man of peace makes the case for war.

Amy Davidson argues in the New Yorker that it’s not Ruth Bader’s responsibility to figure out who the president will be when she retires.

There were 2.5 million Syrian refugees last year. The United States, writes Vox.com, let in 36.

Note to NRA: The FBI reveals that there really has been a sharp increase in mass shootings. Via the New York Times.

The Clinton team is following reporters to the bathroom. Chris Cillizza explains why that matters. Via the Washington Post.

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for three weeks for acting like Bill Simmons, who was ripping Roger Goodell. You might remember that Goodell originally suspended Ray Rice for two weeks. Via the Washington Post.

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