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OBAMA AGENDA: “Meet” the President

Here's a wrap up from some of us(!) on what the president told NBC News about his new push to degrade ISIS.

From the New York Times: "The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete, requiring a sustained effort that could last until after President Obama has left office, according to senior administration officials."

The Wall Street Journal: "The additional American steps could include airstrikes on the group's bases in Syria, U.S. officials say. But Mr. Obama again this weekend emphatically ruled out sending additional U.S. combat troops to the region, although he has sent nearly 1,000 troops to protect American facilities and advise Iraqi forces."

Obama, in his exclusive interview with NBC News, on why the border crisis influenced the timing of his executive action on immigration: "The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem. I want to spend some time, even as we're getting all our ducks in a row for the executive action, I also want to make sure that the public understands why we're doing this, why it's the right thing for the American people, why it's the right thing for the American economy.”

Reuters sums up Latino anger about the delay.

The New York Times writes that the Obama administration was concerned that unilateral action could undermine the chances of a broader immigration reform in the future.

"The Internal Revenue Service is missing e-mails from five more employees whose records could shed light on the agency’s targeting scandal, but there are no signs that personnel have intentionally destroyed evidence, according to an IRS review," writes the Washington Post.

CONGRESS: A drama-free September?

The AP's look ahead to the short September session: "[T]he GOP is pressing for drama-free passage of a temporary spending bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month's end and fund government agencies past the Nov. 4 election into mid-December. The Senate is sure to go along if that measure is kept free of objectionable add-ons."

Here's a rundown of what's on the docket, from The Hill.

Roll Call is out with its annual survey of congressional wealth. "The 50 richest won’t set new standards for diversity. All are white. Women comprise 18 percent. There were 20 Democrats and 30 Republicans. Although Republicans took the top two spots this year, Democrats filled out the rest of the top 10. Fifteen were senators, 35 are representatives."

OFF TO THE RACES: GOP up in Arkansas, Kentucky; Dems up in Colorado

From one of us(!): Our wrap-up of NBC/Marist polls in Colorado, Arkansas and Kentucky.

Ted Cruz on ABC's "This Week" said that the current evolution of foreign policy challenges "increases my interest" in running for president in 2016.

Noted: Mitt Romney on CBS over the weekend: "It was a great experience running for president. I loved that. But my time has...come and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn't win. And now, it's time for someone else to pick up the baton." (Also noted: Our NBC/Marist polls over the weekend showing that Romney's still underwater in Arkansas.)

Msnbc.com writes that Democrats are ready to rip Chris Christie with "anniversary" ads to mark a year since the closing of the George Washington Bridge.

CALIFORNIA: From the LA Times: "Democrats haven't yet lost their advantage, but Bay Area techies are writing increasingly sizable checks to GOP candidates and causes, sometimes with great fanfare, as when Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser at his house last year for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Google is helping bankroll some of the most conservative think tanks in Washington, including Norquist's group. A bromance of sorts has kindled between Elon Musk and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield."

COLORADO: Mark Udall and Cory Gardner had their first debate on Saturday, squaring off in an aggressive back-and-forth over Obama's policies and federal lands.

KANSAS: MSNBC's Michael LaRosa reports on the hour-long debate Saturday between Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic rival Paul Davis. "Governor, you can blame everybody you want to, but the fact is that you made the largest cut to education in state history,” Davis said. ”It’s interesting that he talks about math…I haven’t made a billion dollar mistake.”

Also from MSNBC: Pat Roberts was heckled during a debate with Greg Orman at the Kansas State Fair. His jab back to Orman: "Why should anyone believe that you’re independent?"

MASSACHUSETTS: The New York Times previews Rep. John Tierney's re-election fight Tuesday.

The Boston Globe looks at the three-way gubernatorial primary. "With modest turnout expected for Tuesday’s statewide primary contests, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, and Steve Grossman launched get-out-the-vote efforts over the weekend to gin up enthusiasm among their volunteers and remind even their most motivated voters to get to the polls."

NEW HAMPSHIRE: “With the U.S. Senate GOP primary looming, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's campaign is telling Republican voters that he could win the general election against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen even if he emerges from Tuesday's election with only a plurality of the vote,” writes the Union Leader.

RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island voter registrations are up 30 percent since 2010 as the state prepares for a contentious gubernatorial primary.

VIRGINIA: This detailed Washington Post tick-tock of the fall of the McDonnell family is worth your lunchtime read if you didn’t catch it over the weekend.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky and The Washington Post’s Diplomatic Correspondent Anne Gearan on ISIS; NBC.com contributor Raul Reyes on the President’s immigration delay ; The Washington Post’s sports reporter Cindy Boren on the sale of the Atlanta Hawks; Actress Keke Palmer who will play the first black Cinderella on Broadway.

*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Jeremy Bash, Fmr. Chief of Staff to Secy. Leon Panetta, Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Center for American Progress Pres. Neera Tanden, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Nia-Malika Henderson and NBC’s Richard Engel and Kelly O’Donnell.