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10 things you need to know today: September 8, 2014

Obama will make his case to the nation on Wednesday. 

Obama will make his case to the nation on Wednesday. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Week

Obama sketches out a three-year fight against ISIS, another royal baby is announced, and more

1. Obama’s ISIS battle plan could take three years
The Obama administration is planning a three-year campaign to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Senior administration officials say the first phase is the air campaign already underway in northern Iraq. Next will come a stepped up effort to train and arm Kurdish and Iraqi forces once Iraq forms a new, more Sunni-friendly government. The third phase, likely to last after Obama leaves office, will involve airstrikes on ISIS’ home base in Syria. President Obama is scheduled to unveil the plan on Wednesday. [The New York Times]

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2. Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a second child
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband, Prince William, are expecting their second child, the British royal household announced Monday. The news came two months after the first birthday of their first baby, Prince George, who is third in line for the throne. As with the her first pregnancy, Middleton is suffering from acute morning sickness and undergoing treatment at Kensington Palace, which will limit her public appearances. [NBC News]

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3. Children hospitalized with severe respiratory virus
Hospitals in Colorado and Missouri are treating hundreds of children for a rare and severe respiratory virus called Enterovirus D68. Children have been admitted to facilities in eight other states across the Midwest and South with similar symptoms, including runny nose, fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. An investigation into the outbreak is underway at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The spike in hospitalizations could be “just the tip of the iceberg,” a virologist there said. [The Washington Post, CNN]

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4. Serena Williams wins her sixth U.S. Open title
Serena Williams handily defeated Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday to win her third straight U.S. Open title. Williams beat Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3, finishing the two weeks of the tournament without losing more than three games in a single set. The win gave the world No. 1 women’s tennis player her sixth U.S. Open championship and her 18th Grand Slam singles victory, tying her with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most in history behind Steffi Graf’s record 22. [NPR]

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5. Massive rescue effort underway as floods hit Indian-controlled Kashmir
India dispatched soldiers to its side of the Kashmir region on Sunday after six days of rain caused the worst flooding there in 60 years. An estimated 2,500 villages were at least partially inundated. The death toll reached 175 in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, and flooding and landslides killed about 200 in northern and eastern Pakistan. The military said soldiers had rescued 22,000 people from flooded villages. “This is a national disaster,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. [Reuters, India Today]

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6. Clashes threaten Ukraine truce
Violence broke out Sunday in eastern Ukraine, testing a cease-fire agreement reached Friday by the country’s government and pro-Russian separatist rebels. Shelling reportedly killed a woman in the key port city of Mariupol. If confirmed, she would be the first person killed in the conflict since the peace deal. The two sides each accused the other of violating the truce. An aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said five NATO members had agreed to send the country weapons and advisers. [Voice of America]

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7. Chik-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, dies at 93
Chik-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93. Cathy opened the chain’s first restaurant in Atlanta in 1967, and the popularity of his signature chicken sandwich fueled an expansion to more than 1,800 outlets in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Cathy — a religiously conservative billionaire — established a policy of keeping restaurants closed on Sundays, pleasing conservatives, but his son’s denunciation of gay marriage has angered many others. [The Associated Press]

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8. Allies criticize Obama for putting off immigration action
Latino lawmakers slammed President Obama on Sunday for delaying executive action on immigration reform. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) accused Obama of playing politics, suggesting he was avoiding the issue out of fear it could cost vulnerable Democrats votes in the mid-term elections. Obama denied he was dodging election year fallout. He said he still planned to do something about the immigration impasse but wanted to rally support for his plans first. [Reuters]

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9. Hawks owner says he will sell his share of the team over offensive email
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday that he would sell his controlling interest in the basketball team. The announcement came after Levenson voluntarily reported an email he sent two years ago, in which he suggested that the team’s black fans kept white fans away. Levenson said the email was “inappropriate and offensive,” and that he reported it because he believes the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism. The news came less than a month after Donald Sterling lost the Los Angeles Clippers over secretly taped racist remarks. [Fox Sports]

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10. Celebrities pack Joan Rivers’ funeral
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers’ grieving relatives and celebrity friends gathered on Sunday for an invitation-only memorial service in New York City. Rivers, who died last week from complications after routine throat surgery, left directions for her own funeral, and the ceremony followed them faithfully. “I want my funeral to be a big showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action…,” Rivers said in remarks reprinted in the program. “I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on.” [The New York Times]

Love, etc.: Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby born in NYC

Well that’s nice.  I really Like Jay-z and Beyonce,  but what their security did to a man who’s wife had premature twins was ugly!

The Washington Post – Reliable Source

Born: A daughter to Beyoncé, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, in NYC Saturday night, according to reports by E! and the singer’s hometown Houston Chronicle.

The first child for hip-hop’s royal couple, who wed in April 2008, has been the most anticipated and rumor-generating celebaby of the year (unless Kate Middleton steps up to the plate).

Reports that they named her Blue Ivy Carter got a measure of confirmation Sunday by a tweet from the couple’s pal Gwyneth Paltrow — though, who knows, maybe she just picked that up from E!

The New York Daily News reported that the couple rented out an entire floor of a wing of Lenox Hill Hospital, had the security cameras taped over to prevent photos from getting out, and posted guards out front.

Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana ‘Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist’ (VIDEO)

Talk about Republicans and their uncanny ability to project their own worst faults on others, Ann Coulter has mastered the technique…

Huffington Post

Ann Coulter has some harsh words for the late Princess Diana.

The conservative commentator raised some eyebrows in a new interview with “The Insider” co-host Kevin Frazier.

“I find it a little baffling when Americans get so gaga-eyed over a princess. In particular Lady Di, who was just this anorexic, bulimic narcissist,” Coulter said.

Coulter, who was promoting her new book “Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America”, has professed contempt for Diana and the Royal Family before.

In April, Coulter appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to call the late princess a “nitwit hussy” and said of the Royal Wedding: “It’s totally embarrassing Americans cared about that.”

She also said she was specifically going to be on a plane to France so she wouldn’t have to watch William and Kate’s nuptials.

Coulter did admit on her “Fox News” appearance that she looked up Kate Middleton and said, “She seems like a lovely woman, I feel sorry for the life she’s signed on to.”

Princess Diana was known not just for her royal title, but for being the “People’s Princess.” It was her philanthropy working to raise AIDS awareness and working towards a ban on landmines that won her the respect and admiration of many.See Video here…

6 Wackiest Osama bin Laden Conspiracy Theories

Most of these theories surfaced years ago…

The Daily Beast

Prince William and Kate Middleton got a heads up about the raid and thus postponed their honeymoon. Osama Bin Laden worked for the CIA. He is not dead; no, wait—he was already dead. Josh Dzieza on six crazy theories about what really went on with the al Qaeda mastermind…

Al Qaeda’s confirmation of Osama bin Laden’s death will likely damp the conspiracy theories that flared up after the announcement of his killing, even without the release of photographs of the terrorist leader’s body. A vast majority of Americans agree with President Obama’s decision not to release the photos, according to a recent CBS poll, an indication that the public does not require further proof.

But theories continue to burble on fringe blogs and message boards, and given the nature of conspiracy theories, they probably won’t ever disappear entirely. In fact, many of the theories are simply updates to ones that have existed since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Daily Beast rounded up some of the most popular theories—and some of the strangest.

William and Kate Tipped on bin Laden Killing

Bin Laden’s death bumped the birthers out of the news—it also bumped off the royal wedding. Could there be a connection between the two huge media stories? The Daily Mail thought so, and managed to track down a professor from the University of Buckingham who said he “would not be surprised” if Prince William and Kate Middleton had been forewarned about the top secret raid on bin Laden’s compound. After all, the royal couple postponed their honeymoon just before bin Laden’s death was announced. The Mail even asked a palace spokesman if there was a connection. He insisted there was none.

Bin Laden Worked for the CIA

Self-styled independent journalist James Corbett called the news of bin Laden’s death a “retirement party for an old CIA asset, along the lines of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.” Like the theory that bin Laden has long been dead, it’s another story from the 9/11 Truth movement that’s been updated for the news of bin Laden’s killing: bin Laden was always just a scapegoat for the September 11 attacks, and now that he was no longer useful, the CIA decided to tie up the loose ends. “Whether he actually did die yesterday or he’s been dead for years, or whatever the case may be, this is simply discarding a war on terror bogeyman who’s no longer scaring the populace,” according to Corbett. Iranian security official Javad Jahangirzadeh took a similar view, saying that bin Laden had been part of an American plot to create a violent image of Islam, and now that his work is done, he’s been killed.

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