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9:20 AM ET, August 26, 2013

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Telegraph:
Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria  —  Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's forces against his own people.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Samantha Power on the Duty to Intervene  —  This week, the Barack Obama administration's most eloquent and ardent advocate for humanitarian intervention overseas, Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted the following about the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Syria lets U.N. inspect gas attack site, Washington says too late  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria agreed on Sunday to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, but a U.S. official said such an offer was “too late to be credible” and Washington was all but certain …
New York Times:
Confident Syria Used Chemicals, U.S. Mulls Action
Discussion: BBC, Wall Street Journal and NPR
Madeline Chambers / Reuters:   U.S. spy agency bugged U.N. headquarters: Germany's Spiegel
Greg Clary / CNN:
Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Colin Powell warns Republican voter ID laws will backfire  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would “backfire” by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.  —  Powell took aim at efforts on the state legislature level …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Colin Powell On Republican Voting Restrictions: 'It's Going To Backfire'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Anja Crowder / ABC News:   Cokie Roberts: Changes to Voting Rights ‘Downright Evil’
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Powell calls Martin verdict ‘questionable’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Scared Monkeys and CNN
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
Market innovation, not government regulations, are the key to keeping college costs down  —  “Over the last month,” President Obama said in Buffalo, N.Y., on Thursday, “I've been out there talking about what we need to do as a country to make sure that we've to a better bargain for the middle class …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Bloomberg:
No Tolerance for Russia's Anti-Gay Games  —  The International Olympic Committee is letting Russia off far too easy.  Russia has argued nonsensically that its new anti-gay law is in keeping with the Olympic Charter's protections against discrimination, and the IOC simply has accepted it.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Black lawmakers lament flaring of racial tensions under Obama  —  When President Obama follows in Dr. Martin Luther King's footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide.  —  Black lawmakers say the election …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Muslim Brotherhood's bid to scapegoat Christians failing, say Egyptians  —  As their nation descends into violent chaos, Egyptians are increasingly blaming the Muslim Brotherhood, despite attempts by the Islamist group to scapegoat Christians and the military, according to several sources who spoke to FoxNews.com from Cairo.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Widens Crackdown and Meaning of ‘Islamist’
Discussion: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Despite backlogs, VA disability claims processors get bonuses  —  Mary Shinn/News21 - Sean Meade was an Army National Guard soldier who was deployed to Iraq during 2006 and 2007.  He filed a disability claim in 2008 for back problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Obama Flag at March on Washington Gets Twitter Riled Up  —  We know a picture is worth a thousand words.  Apparently it's also good for fifty stars.  —  An American flag with President Barack Obama's face where the fifty stars normally go caused a bit of a stir on Twitter, where some objected to the …
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Challengers to South Carolina Senator Are Lining Up on the Right  —  LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — Some of the early shots in the Republican primary battle against Senator Lindsey Graham have been fired from this tiny community on northern border of the state where the Civil War began.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Associated Press:
Desert tortoise faces threat from its own refuge as BLM closes Vegas rescue center  —  LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence.  —  Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe.  It's been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time.
 
 
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
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BBC:
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Hugh Hollowell / Love Wins Ministries:
Feeding Homeless Apparently Illegal in Raleigh, NC
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Porn coalition seeks moratorium after actress tests positive for HIV
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