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11:20 AM ET, August 25, 2013

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Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
As Syria war escalates, Americans cool to U.S. intervention: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria's government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians …
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CNN:
Syria will let inspectors go to site of suspected chemical weapons attack, official says  —  [Breaking news update 8:38 a.m. ET]  —  Syria has agreed to allow weapons inspectors full access to any site of a purported chemical weapons attack, effective immediately, Syria's Deputy Foreign …
Edward N. Luttwak / New York Times:
In Syria, America Loses if Either Side Wins  —  WASHINGTON — ON Wednesday, reports surfaced of a mass chemical-weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs that human rights activists claim killed hundreds of civilians, bringing Syria's continuing civil war back onto the White House's foreign policy radar …
Robert Watts / Telegraph:
David Cameron to give Syria ultimatum
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, NBCNews and msnbc.com
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Is ‘One of Most Activist,’ Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of the liberal opposition …
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
An overlooked dream, now remembered
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was “questionable.”  But he isn't sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness.
Discussion: ABC News
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Powell questions Zimmerman verdict; suggests case will be forgotten  —  (CNN) - A jury's decision in July to acquit George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin represented “questionable judgment,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell said in an interview aired Sunday.
Discussion: Politico
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman files Donald Trump ‘University’ $40 million fraud suit  —  The AG's office accuses the billionaire's Trump University of defrauding more than 5,000 people with promises that they would get ‘hand-picked’ teachers to help them get rich in real estate.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
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Associated Press:
N.Y. sues ‘Trump University’
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Richard Vedder: The Real Reason College Costs So Much  —  The expert on the economics of higher education explains how subsidies fuel rising prices and why there's a ‘bubble’ in student loans and college enrollment.  —  Another school year beckons, which means it's time for President Obama to go on another college retreat.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cruz: Political ‘tsunami’ needed to win fight to defund ObamaCare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Sunday it would take a political “tsunami” of grassroots pressure to win his fight to defund President Obama's healthcare law in the coming budget showdown.  —  “It is going to take a tsunami …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Sen. Corker predicts Obama will take military action against Syria  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) predicted Sunday the U.S. will take military action against Syria.  —  Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had been in discussions with the administration …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Christine Quinn / New York Times:
Two Endorsements: Quinn and Lhota  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg is almost gone.  At year's end there will be nothing more he can do to shape, alter or improve the City of New York.  It's the end of 12 years of governing under one man's singular, often inspiring, sometimes maddening priorities …
Politico:
Plagiarism or coincidence?  Writer, Wall Street Journal square off  —  Boot submitted a preliminary draft to Rosen on Aug. 9 and a draft “ready to be edited” on Aug. 12.  In an interview with POLITICO, Rosen said the piece underwent only minor revisions before it was posted to the Journal's website at 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Doctors Without Borders:
[Press Release] Syria: Thousands Suffering Neurotoxic Symptoms Treated in Hospitals Supported by MSF  —  Brussels/New York, August 24, 2013 — Three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders …
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Associated Press:   US FORCES MOVE CLOSER TO SYRIA AS OPTIONS WEIGHED
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Julie Harris, Celebrated Actress of Range and Intensity, Dies at 87
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After six budget showdowns, big government is mostly unchanged
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