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5:55 PM ET, August 24, 2013

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US FORCES MOVE CLOSER TO SYRIA AS OPTIONS WEIGHED  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.  The president emphasized that a quick intervention …
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[Press Release] Syria: Thousands Suffering Neurotoxic Symptoms Treated in Hospitals Supported by MSF  —  Brussels/New York, August 24, 2013 — Three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders …
RT:
Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident - Russia
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Jersey Senate Candidate To Single Mothers: Stop Relying On Food Stamps And Go To Work!  —  New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Saturday that single mothers don't need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps …
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Erica Goode / New York Times:
In Paper War, Flood of Liens Is the Weapon  —  MINNEAPOLIS — One of the first inklings Sheriff Richard Stanek had that something was wrong came with a call from the mortgage company handling his refinancing.  —  “It must be a mistake,” he said, when the loan officer told him that someone …
Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests  —  WASHINGTON—National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.  —  The practice isn't frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases …
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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
NSA abuses include Stalking ex-Girlfriends  —  We have HUMINT, or human intelligence gathered from agents.  We have SIGINT or signals intelligence.  And now we have LOVEINT or NSA analysts occasionally reading the emails of ex-lovers.  It doesn't happen a lot, the NSA told the WSJ, but often enough that there is a word for it.
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Allan Fallow / blog.aarp.org:
Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson's Disease  —  Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can't sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson's disease.  Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Steve Ballmer Failed  —  The resignation of Microsoft's CEO is also an acknowledgement: The computer world changed, and Microsoft hasn't.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a thunderous leader who presided over a deadly quiet decade for the tech giant, announced he will retire within the next year.
Discussion: VodkaPundit, NBCNews and Mashable
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
France cannot take any more taxes, government admits  —  France's Socialist government has admitted that the country cannot cope with any further tax rises and promised no more hikes just days ahead of the country's largest ever tax bill.  —  President François Hollande has enacted …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Vox Popoli and Hot Air
Chris Good / ABC News:
50 Years Later: March on Washington Today Honors King … American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead a march down the center of a street in the 1960s.  —  Getty Images  —  Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington …
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FILNER RESIGNS, EXIT DEAL OK'D  —  Bob Filner announced his resignation Friday as San Diego's 35th mayor following a tumultuous six weeks in which lurid allegations of repeated sexual misconduct against women crippled his ability to lead and turned him into a subject of national ridicule.
 
 
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