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6:50 PM ET, September 4, 2013

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Fox News:
McCain opposes Syria strike resolution  —  Sept. 2, 2013: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington.AP  —  Sen. John McCain, President Obama's biggest cheerleader on Capitol Hill for a strike in Syria …
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Tom Cohen / CNN:
Senate committee approves Syria resolution  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the world set a red line against chemical weapons use that he now seeks to apply to Syria, while a Senate committee approved a resolution authorizing the U.S. military attack that he is planning.
Talking Points Memo:
GOP Congressman Asks If Syria Strike Is About Distracting From Benghazi, IRS, NSA  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) — the congressman who yelled “you lie” during President Obama's 2010 State of the Union speech — asked Wednesday if the administration's decision to attack Syria was made to distract from other …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria  —  President Obama said in Sweden today that he personally “didn't set a red line” on Syria:  —  “First of all, I didn't set a red line,” said Obama.  “The world set a red line.  The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Divided Senate Panel Approves Resolution on Syria Strike  —  WASHINGTON — A divided Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved an authorization of force against the Syrian government, setting up a showdown next week in the full Senate on whether President Obama should have the authority to strike.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, NPR and Lawfare
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Accuses Obama Of Using Syria To Distract From Benghazi, IRS  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) used Wednesday's hearing on whether or not the United States will take military action in Syria to ask whether the whole debate was a ruse to cover-up the many “scandals” the Obama administration is facing.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Senate committee approves Syria war resolution
Politico:
Senate panel approves Syria measure
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members drafting Syria resolution
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Panel Approves Syria Use Of Force Resolution
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Obama's request to strike Syria passes first test in Senate
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Anthony Weiner Gets Into Explosive Confrontation With Jewish Voter (VIDEO)  —  New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got into an explosive confrontation with a man who brought up his sexting scandal on Wednesday while in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park, Brooklyn.
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Anthony Weiner Blows Up in Absurd Shouting Match with Jewish Voter  —  Failed mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner yelled at a Jewish voter in Brooklyn's Borough Park after the voter suggested that Weiner should drop out of the mayoral race.  Watch the thoughtful discussion of morality and divine judgement that ensued.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources: House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections  —  WASHINGTON — Former aides to John Boehner and other high-level GOP operatives are increasingly convinced that the House Speaker will step aside after the 2014 midterm elections, according to interviews with a dozen Republican sources.
Discussion: USA Today
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP wants to have it both ways on Syria  —  Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a spirited debate — with himself.  —  Four months ago, Inhofe demanded that “President Obama step up and exhibit the leadership required” to show Syria's Bashar al-Assad …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Asserts Right to Strike Syria Without Congress  —  President: U.S. ‘Will Be Stronger’ if Congress Signs On to Syria Action … President Barack Obama said he retains the right to order strikes against Syria even if Congress doesn't authorize them, but he is seeking approval …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says ‘World Set a Red Line’ on Chemical Arms
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: U.S. not 'Al Qaeda's air force'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz called President Barack Obama's efforts to authorize military intervention in Syria a public relations move, saying the U.S. military shouldn't be “Al Qaeda's air force.”  —  The Texas Republican said Tuesday on TheBlaze …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Administration extends veterans benefits to same-sex couples  —  The Obama administration will begin providing veterans benefits to same-sex couples after the Justice Department said Wednesday it would not enforce a law restricting them.  —  Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter …
Discussion: Politico
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Gay Veterans' Spouses To Receive Benefits After DOJ Announces It Won't Enforce Marriage Definition
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
jhnewsandguide.com:
Cheney knocks Obama, papers  —  150 in Tea Party crowd hear candidate call for a ‘rebirth of freedom.’  —  Liz Cheney would not vote to attack Syria if she were in the U.S. Senate.  —  Speaking to an enthralled crowd of 150 Jackson Hole Tea Party members Tuesday night in her first public appearance …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rumsfeld refers to Obama as ‘so-called commander-in-chief’  —  Former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday endorsed the Obama administration's case for a military strike against Syria.  —  “My view is that we've had over 100,000 people dead in Syria over the last year or two,” Rumsfeld told Fox and Friends.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Bill Clinton says GOP has duty to help fix ObamaCare ‘glitches’  —  Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said Republicans have a duty as elected officials to help fix the “glitches” in ObamaCare.  —  Clinton lent his reputation as “explainer in chief” to the healthcare law's rollout …
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bill Clinton, back in Arkansas
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on - it has, but into lawlessness and ruin  —  Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi  —  A little under two years ago, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, urged British businessmen to begin …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Arm and Shame  —  The Obama team has clearly struggled with its Syria policy, but, in fairness, this is a wickedly complex problem.  We need a policy response that simultaneously deters another Syrian poison gas attack, doesn't embroil America in the Syrian civil war and also doesn't lead …
Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term  —  Gov. Lincoln Chafee is not running for a second term, he said Wednesday in an announcement that surprised his political opponents and closest advisors alike and takes him out of what was expected to be a fierce primary in his new Democratic Party.
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Reaction
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Al Gore's Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint  —  Illustration by John Gara / BuzzFeed; Joe Raedle / Getty Images; Saul Loeb / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Last January, Al Gore took a boatload of scientists, donors, and celebrities to Antarctica to talk about climate change.
Sean Longoria / Redding Record Searchlight:
UPDATED: Siskiyou County supervisors vote to pursue seceding from state  —  YREKA — The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 this afternoon to pursue seceding from California.  —  More than 100 people packed the supervisors' chambers late this morning for a discussion on whether …
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
CNN:
Texas high school stabbings: 1 student killed, 3 others injured, police say  —  (CNN) — A 17-year-old student was killed and three other students were injured in stabbings Wednesday morning at a Houston-area high school, Harris County authorities said.  —  The stabbings happened shortly …
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Business Losing Clout in a G.O.P. Moving Right  —  How did corporate America lose control of the Republican Party?  —  From overhauling immigration laws to increasing spending on the nation's aging infrastructure, big business leaders have seemed relatively powerless lately …
 
 
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