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3:15 AM ET, August 25, 2013


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Associated Press:
US FORCES MOVE CLOSER TO SYRIA AS OPTIONS WEIGHED  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.  The president emphasized that a quick intervention …
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 …
Robert Watts / Telegraph:
David Cameron to give Syria ultimatum  —  David Cameron is pressing for United Nations action against Syria following the gassing of thousands of civilians in a suburb of Damascus.  —  The Prime Minister spoke with President Barack Obama by telephone to ask for help with convening …
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, NBCNews and
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
An overlooked dream, now remembered  —  Robert G. Kaiser is an associate editor of The Post and was the paper's managing editor from 1991 to 1998.  —  The city of Washington had been on edge for days.  Fearing a riot, mayhem or lord knows what, many left town to avoid the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a freshman Republican from Michigan, has a legislative dream.  It is not to balance the federal budget, or find a way to help his ailing state or even take away money …
Erica Goode / New York Times:
In Paper War, Flood of Liens Is the Weapon  —  MINNEAPOLIS — One of the first inklings Sheriff Richard Stanek had that something was wrong came with a call from the mortgage company handling his refinancing.  —  “It must be a mistake,” he said, when the loan officer told him that someone …
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.
mainly macro:
Missing the point at the IMF  —  The IMF have just published a working paper entitled: ‘Assessing the Impact and Phasing of Multi-year  —  Fiscal Adjustment: A General Framework’.  Or to put it more simply: should austerity be front loaded or delayed?  A really important topic …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Jersey Senate Candidate To Single Mothers: Stop Relying On Food Stamps And Go To Work!  —  New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Saturday that single mothers don't need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
N.Y. sues ‘Trump University’  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars …
Allan Fallow /
Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson's Disease  —  Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can't sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson's disease.  Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago.
Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests  —  WASHINGTON—National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.  —  The practice isn't frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases …
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
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The Texas Tribune:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: VodkaPundit and NBCNews
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Good / ABC News:
50 Years Later: March on Washington Today Honors King
Discussion: Politico and The Democratic Daily
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Decision on Keystone in danger of being delayed until 2014
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
France cannot take any more taxes, government admits
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Vox Popoli and Hot Air