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6:55 PM ET, September 1, 2013

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Yahoo! News:
Obama's history-defying decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria  —  President Barack Obama, according to background briefings by his aides, reached a fateful decision late Friday afternoon as he strolled along the White House lawn with his chief of staff Denis McDonough.
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New York Times:
Kerry Casts Obama's Syria Decision as ‘Courageous’  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry, delivering a full-throated defense on Sunday of President Obama's plan to delay military action against Syria, called the move to seek Congressional approval a “courageous decision” …
Wall Street Journal:
At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval  —  Change in president's thinking confounded White House insiders  —  After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Obama puts politics over morals in abdicating presidential authority in Syria
Washington Post:
Sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry says
Mark Landler / New York Times:
President Pulls Lawmakers Into Box He Made
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President on Syria
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Obama's Syria strike decision aims to get Congress on the record
Discussion: Associated Press
BBC:
Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74  —  Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship.  —  A family statement said he had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night.
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Mike Allen / Politico:
WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER!  — OBAMA AIDE, ON SEEKING CONGRESSIONAL VOTE: 'We don't want them to have their cake and eat it, too' - JOSH DUBOIS wedding — DEE DEE MYERS, STEVE HILDEBRAND b'day  —  THE 1 PARAGRAPH TO READ: President Obama will probably win congressional approval for a Syrian strike.
NBCNews:
Pioneering British broadcaster David Frost dies of a heart attack
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74
CNN:
David Frost, veteran British broadcaster, dies at 74
BBC:
Fukushima radiation levels ‘18 times higher’ than thought  —  Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned.  —  Last week the plant's operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, NPR and Eschaton
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
After classified briefing, lawmakers skeptical on Syria attack  —  Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the dean of the Senate, told reporters after a classified briefing Sunday on the situation in Syria, that the administration's request for U.S. military intervention would not pass the Congress as written because it is too broad.
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Politico:
Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria
Marco Giannangeli / Daily Express:
Senior Syrian military chiefs tell captain: fire chemicals or be shot  —  BRITISH intelligence chiefs have intercepted radio messages in which senior Syrian military chiefs are heard ordering the use of chemical weapons.  —  Prepared: UN inspectors in gas masks at work in eastern Damascus
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner stages a ‘meat’ and greet in Bronx deli  —  The Democratic mayoral hopeful holds a big Italian sausage and poses with the owner of the Arthur Ave. business  —  Anthony Weiner is all smiles after getting “The Big Salami” from David Greco (r.), owner of Mike's Deli and Arthur Avenue Trattoria.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bush aide makes Mandela mistake  —  Former President George H.W. Bush's office mistakenly announced the death of Nelson Mandela on Sunday morning, with a condolences statement about the South African leader.  —  “STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH 41 ON THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA,” …
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Costas Paris / Wall Street Journal:
Vodafone's Board Expected to Vote on Verizon Deal  —  LONDON—Vodafone PLC's board of directors was expected to vote on a proposed sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless by Sunday, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  Last week, Vodafone confirmed it was in talks …
Washington Post:
First Person: Jake Tapper, anchor of CNN's ‘The Lead With Jake Tapper’  —  Most interviews that I do are not super aggressive.  They can't be, and they shouldn't be; that would get pretty tiresome.  So when there's an interview that's tough or a question that's tough, it's something that raises eyebrows.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
Stork busted as suspected spy in Egypt  —  Egyptian authorities have detained a stork that a citizen suspected of being a spy because it carried a suspicious electronic device, which is most likely a wildlife tracker.  —  A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
 
 
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