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6:45 PM ET, September 8, 2013

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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sen. Tom Udall: ‘My heart is broken’ by Syrian videos  —  An opponent of President Obama's plan to launch a military mission into Syria said that new videos seeming to show the victims of chemical weapons attacks do not change his mind.  —  “My heart is broken when I see that video …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
McKeon says he would vote for Syria action if sequestration fixed  —  House Armed Services Chairman (R-Calif.) said that he would likely vote to authorize military strikes in Syria if President Obama would address sequestration cuts to the military.  —  McKeon said on CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Israel deploys Iron Dome near Jerusalem  —  Israel is setting up its Iron Dome missile defense system outside of Jerusalem as violence continues in neighboring Syria.  —  According to an Agence France Presse (AFP) report, the Israeli military is deploying a battery of the missile shield west of the city …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Rand Paul lays out demands ahead of potential Syria filibuster
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
President Obama's toughest Syria hurdle: The calendar
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
David Rose / Daily Mail:
And now it's global COOLING!  Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year  — Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month  —  A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles …
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Hayley Dixon / Telegraph:
Global warming?  No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists  —  A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling.
Discussion: BizzyBlog and National Review
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011  —  The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency's use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately …
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Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Monthly:
Surveillance and Arrogance  —  There is plenty to read about the National Security Agency's success in co-opting most commercial encryption technology (see these summaries by Ryan Cooper and Matt Buchanan).  I have just one thing to add.  —  President Obama has said that he welcomes a debate …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Pundit Shuts Down Network's Hysteria Over Benghazi: 'It's Gone, Baby.  It's In Your Head'  —  Fox News' Juan Williams tersely dismissed the GOP's year-long effort to implicate the Obama administration in a so-called “cover-up” of the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Charlie Rose interviews Bashar Assad  —  Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning.  —  The interview, Assad's first with an American television network in nearly two years, will air in its entirety on PBS's “Charlie Rose” …
Michael Sallah / Washington Post:
LEFT WITH NOTHING.  —  On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb.  —  Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Cruz: Deaths In Syria Are A Distraction From Benghazi Scandal  —  Figuring out what to do about a tyrant slaughtering thousands of his own people is less important than pursuing the discredited Benghazi attack investigation, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Politico:
Denis McDonough confronts Syria skepticism
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
Melanie Eversley / USA Today:
NAACP chief Ben Jealous to resign, cites family reasons  —  NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous says he wants to spend more time with his wife and children.  —  CONNECT  —  The man who has become the face of the NAACP — from marches protesting the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin …
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria  —  U.S. war planners are preparing for three days of attacks on Syria, a longer bombardment than originally envisioned.  —  Hundreds of demonstrators opposed to a U.S. military strike against Syria protest outside the Capitol in Washington.
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
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Conrad Black / New York Sun:
Collapse of American Influence Recalls Dis-Integration of Soviet Union, Fall of France
Discussion: Power Line
Jason Clayworth / USA Today:
Iowa grants gun permits to the blind  —  No one questions the legality of the permits, but some officials worry about public safety.  —  CONNECT  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Here's some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:
Spiegel Online:
NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data  —  SPIEGEL has learned from internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as BlackBerry, a system previously believed to be highly secure.
Alexandra Hudson / Reuters:
Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission: paper  —  (Reuters) - Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Barry's War Within  —  WASHINGTON — THE winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had been up late pleading for war.  —  The president looked exhausted as he met the press in St. Petersburg on Friday.  The man elected because of his magical powers of persuasion had failed to persuade other world leaders …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Rep. Pete King of Long Island: I am running for President
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Jarrett pledges administration support to finish silica rule
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Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran, Syria and Hezbollah planning response to attack on Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Here's Michele Bachmann thanking the Egyptian military for the coup and crackdowns
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Monthly:
It's the Economy, Mate
Discussion: The Age, Crikey and Eschaton
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Syria resolution could stall Congress's work on divisive domestic issues
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
McGovern urges Obama to withdraw authorization request
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Amid presidential murmurs, Warren to address AFL-CIO
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Prairie Weather
Sam Tanenhaus / New York Times:
The Hands-Tied Presidency
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Fears of wounding Obama weigh heavily on Democrats ahead of vote
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Politico and Hot Air
Bradley A. Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Bradley Smith: The Supreme Court and Ed Corsi's Life of Political Crime
Talking Points Memo:
McConnell's Anti-Obamacare Juggernaut Turns Against Him