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4:35 PM ET, August 26, 2013

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Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran  —  The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history — and still gave him a hand.  —  The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Samantha Power on the Duty to Intervene  —  This week, the Barack Obama administration's most eloquent and ardent advocate for humanitarian intervention overseas, Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted the following about the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Booman Tribune
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Julian Assange Sang And Danced In A Parody Rap Video For Some Awful Reason  —  The WikiLeaks founder raps and sings and it's really strange.  —  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange guest-starred in a satirical music video (he shows up around 3:30) and parodied an Australian '80s pop hit... while wearing a mullet.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Ben Smith:
ProPublica Joins NSA Chase  —  Broadening the journalistic front on the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.  —  A new National Security Agency facility in Utah.  —  George Frey / Getty Images  —  The nonprofit investigative reporting group ProPublica is among …
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Drone crashes into Virginia bull run crowd  —  An aerial drone, a pilotless aircraft of the type that has aroused intense public discussion in recent months, crashed Saturday into the stands at a public event in Virginia that has also aroused heated discourse.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tea Party Now Covering News for Washington Post  —  The Washington Post's lead Sunday news story is one of the weirdest, and most weirdly biased, news articles I've ever read in my life.  The point of the story — headlined “After six budget showdowns, big government is mostly unchanged” …
KCTV:
Controversial rodeo clown speaks out after death threats  —  A rodeo clown's controversial Missouri State Fair antics went viral after President Barack Obama was spoofed and mocked.  —  It divided people across the country on whether Tuffy Gessling's stunt was disrespectful to Obama.
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE  —  When the news broke—"cleveland kidnapping victims free"—Rachel Maddow wasn't sure she had much to add.  It was the kind of story that cable news loves: three women had been abducted and held hostage for years, until a garrulous local man named Charles Ramsey helped kick …
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Is Obama the worst president ever?  —  “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”  — President Obama, Aug. 11, 2009  —  So said President Obama again and again through 2009 and 2010 as he sold Obamacare to the country.  He promised.  He put his personal integrity on the line.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boehner aide: Obama must consult with Congress on Syria  —  An aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned the White House on Monday it must consult with Congressional leaders before taking any military action in Syria.  —  Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a blog post that the president …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama boxed-in on Syria
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and VodkaPundit
Spiegel Online:
How America Spies on Europe and the UN  —  President Obama promised that NSA surveillance activities were aimed exclusively at preventing terrorist attacks.  But secret documents from the intelligence agency show that the Americans spy on Europe, the UN and other countries.
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic Online:
The Outsiders: How Can Millennials Change Washington If They Hate It?  —  Young people are eager to serve and to change the world.  They just have no faith that public service or elected office are the way to get it done.  —  Forget what you've read about the “Me, Me, Me Generation.”
Patrick Leahy:
Leahy: SJC Will Hold Hearing On Federal And State Marijuana Laws In September  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.
Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
Syria will require more than cruise missiles  —  Eliot A. Cohen teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  He directed the U.S. Air Force's Gulf War Air Power Survey from 1991 to 1993.  —  In 1994, after directing the U.S. Air Force's official study of the Persian Gulf War …
Marco Rubio / CNN:
GOP stars to headline party fundraiser  —  (CNN) - They're a half dozen of the biggest names in the Republican Party, hailing from different wings of the GOP.  —  And they're all teaming up next month to help the Republican National Committee raise money.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:   GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Anti-Abortion Laws Take Dramatic Toll On Clinics Nationwide  —  More than 50 abortion clinics across the country have closed or stopped offering the procedure since a heavy wave of legislative attacks on providers began in 2010, according to The Huffington Post's nationwide survey of state health departments …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Under Obama, Little Progress on High-Level Jobs for Women  —  WASHINGTON — Behind the roiling conversation over whether President Obama might make Janet L. Yellen the first female leader of the Federal Reserve is an uncomfortable reality for the White House: the administration has named …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Wonkblog
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Challengers to South Carolina Senator Are Lining Up on the Right  —  LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — Some of the early shots in the Republican primary battle against Senator Lindsey Graham have been fired from this tiny community on northern border of the state where the Civil War began.
Ruben Navarrette / CNN:
Don't fear talking about race  —  Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.  Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette  —  San Diego, California (CNN) — Americans are told we need to have a national conversation in which we talk about race.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Iowa GOP Not Conservative Enough?  —  At the New York Times yesterday, Jonathan Martin wrote a catch-up piece for those who haven't been paying attention (or reading Political Animal) to the early 2016 GOP skirmishing over and in Iowa.  Long story short: Iowa Republicans are nervous …
KARE-TV:
Openly gay minister ordained in Minneapolis  —  Daniel Vigilante is now the minister of outreach at Trinity Community Church at 28th and Humboldt Avenue.  —  He tried to get ordained 13 years ago, but he had to remove himself from the process because the church wouldn't accept his sexual orientation.
 
 
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Chris Chambers / Guardian:
NSA and GCHQ: the flawed psychology of government mass surveillance
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Tea party: Obamacare is now ‘BoehnerCare’
Discussion: Daily Kos and VodkaPundit
EIA:
World petroleum use sets record high in 2012 despite declines in North America and Europe
Discussion: Wonkblog and E2-Wire
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Chinese Internet Hit by Attack Over Weekend
Discussion: GigaOM and The Verge
Keith Laing / E2-Wire:
Obama administration announces plan to boost NJ Transit energy grid
Discussion: CNN
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Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Doctor Rand  —  Senator Paul performs pro bono eye surgery.
NBCNews:
August 25: John Lewis, Cory Booker, Bobby Jindal, Raul Labrador, Sheryl WuDunn, Al Sharpton …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and msnbc.com
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman ‘political hack’
TheBlaze.com:
SHOCK VIDEO ALLEGEDLY SHOWS AL QAEDA-LINKED TERRORISTS STOPPING TRUCK DRIVERS ON SIDE OF ROAD …
Bloomberg:
No Tolerance for Russia's Anti-Gay Games
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Taylor Marsh