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4:45 PM ET, September 10, 2013

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Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad  —  This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head …
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Charles Crawford / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Syria, chemical weapons, and the worst day in Western diplomatic history  —  Monday 9 September, 2013, was the worst day for US and wider Western diplomacy since records began.  —  At the Foreign Office here in London we had the bizarre spectacle of US Secretary of State John Kerry giving …
RT:
Putin: Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Syria's chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against Damascus.  —  “Certainly, this is all reasonable …
Associated Press:
SYRIA SAYS IT ACCEPTED RUSSIAN WEAPONS PROPOSAL  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Syria said Tuesday it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.  —  Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Administration Changes Russian Proposal's Origin Story  —  Back-dating a policy.  —  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L-R), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify at the House Armed Services Committee in Washington September 10, 2013.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The White House may really be about to win on Syria  —  The AP tweets:  —  Assuming that sticks, it's game.  The White House just achieved its goal.  —  Remember: The White House's aim here wasn't to topple Assad, or even hurt him.  It was to affirm and reinforce the international norm against chemical weapons.
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Associated Press:
QUESTION OF ENFORCEMENT CASTS CLOUD ON SYRIA PLAN  —  You are here  —  Home » Bashar Assad » Question of enforcement casts cloud on Syria plan  —  BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. and France on Tuesday pushed for a tough United Nations resolution to ensure Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime turns …
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Syria accepts Russian proposal on weapons; France to bring resolution to Security Council
CNN:
Syrian crisis: Keeping up with key developments
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
A Diplomatic Proposal for Syria
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
15 Questions About the Increasingly Crazy Syria Debate
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Syria's plan to give up its chemical weapons could make things worse, not better
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weekly Standard
New York Times:
U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Russian Proposal Could Offer Obama Escape From Bind
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Obama backs UN effort on Syria as new resolution prepared
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘A Grand Betrayal’: Conservatives Slam GOP's Gambit On Defunding Obamacare  —  The initial reviews from conservatives Tuesday are in and they're staunchly negative.  The proposed House Republican plan to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare — while removing the threat …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Pushes New Gambit To Defund Obamacare  —  House Republican leaders are proposing a plan in a conference meeting Tuesday to force a symbolic Senate vote on defunding Obamacare but will stop short of shutting down the federal government if the Senate vote fails, as expected.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's new dirty trick to hold government hostage
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cathryn Kulat / The Hill:
Conservatives skeptical of GOP ObamaCare defunding move
Discussion: CNN
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some  —  This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change.  Scientists will soon meet in Stockholm to put the finishing touches on the document, and behind the scenes, two big fights are brewing.
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Michael S. Greve / Library of Law & Liberty:
Yoo to Conservatives: Reverse Course
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
If the globe isn't warming, does that undercut EPA regulation of carbon dioxide?
Discussion: Doug Ross, Poynter and Weasel Zippers
Robert Costa / National Review:
McConnell to Vote ‘No’  —  In remarks this morning on the floor, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will announce that he's voting against on the Syria resolution.  National Review has obtained the text of his remarks (see below).  In the speech, McConnell says that even though he's voting “no,” he's not an isolationist.
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Ted Cruz / Washington Post:
Why I'll vote no on Syria strike
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Jon Favreau on Obama's War for Peace
Discussion: The Dish
David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
Cenk Uygur to Dana Perino: 'You're wrong, I'm right.  Get the f*ck out of the country'  —  On Monday's edition of “The Young Turks,” host Cenk Uygur sent a special message to former White House spokesperson Dana Perino, who last week said she is “tired” of atheists demanding that Christian ideology be separated from public policy.
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
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Daniel Burke / CNN:
Fox News host: Atheists 'don't have to live here'
Discussion: The Raw Story
Amanda Watts / CNN:
Bride: I pushed my husband off cliff  —  (CNN) — A woman in Montana is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff after an argument.  The pair had been married for just more than a week.  —  Jordan Linn Graham made an initial appearance in court Monday to face a charge of second-degree murder.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Kerry's claim that he opposed Bush's invasion of Iraq  —  “You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president's decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade …
Stefan Becket / New York Magazine:
Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm [Updated]  —  Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him.
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
A True Liberal Mayor At Last?  —  New York City is on the verge of electing its first progressive mayor in a generation.  —  In most polls, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is well over the 40 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff in the Democratic Primary.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
5 things to watch for on Election Day in NYC
Politico:
The United States of weakness  —  Red lines that may or may not be real, retaliatory strikes that may or may not be hours from launch, congressional debates that may or may not be necessary for the president to do what he wants—whatever that happens to be this hour.
Kirstan Conley / New York Post:
Bus rider's face smashed in during ‘hate attack’  —  An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan - marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said.
BBC:
Testicle size ‘link to father role’  —  A link between the size of a father's testicles and how active he is in bringing up his children has been suggested by scientists.  —  Researchers at Emory University, US, said those with smaller testicles were more likely to be involved with nappy changing, feeding and bath time.
Discussion: The Week, Guardian, io9, NBCNews and Althouse
 
 
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