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3:20 AM ET, August 26, 2013


 Top Items: 
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CANNONFIRE
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
McCain: White House inaction gives ‘green light’ to Syrian regime
Greg Clary / CNN:
Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Sen. Corker predicts Obama will take military action against Syria
Discussion: Politico
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Colin Powell On Republican Voting Restrictions: 'It's Going To Backfire'  —  On Face the Nation this Sunday, Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, warned his fellow Republicans that the continuing push to restrict voting rights is going to “backfire” and harm the Republican Party:
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: The Moderate Voice
Anja Crowder / ABC News:
Cokie Roberts: Changes to Voting Rights ‘Downright Evil’  —  In a roundtable discussion on ‘This Week’, ABC News' Cokie Roberts reflected on the progress in our country 50 years after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s ‘I have a Dream’ speech.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Powell calls Martin verdict ‘questionable’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Associated Press:
Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   Powell questions Zimmerman verdict; suggests case will be forgotten
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 …
Lauren Russell / CNN:
Police: 8-year-old shoots, kills elderly caregiver after video game  —  (CNN) — An 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed his elderly caregiver on Thursday evening after playing a violent video game, authorities say.  —  Marie Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound …
Discussion: Business Insider
Gov. Bobby Jindal / Politico:
The end of race  —  Scan the news on any given day in America, and you will invariably find multiple stories about race, racism, ethnicity, and race relations.  We can't seem to get enough of this topic, and correspondingly, the media appetite for all things race-related is unquenchable.
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Porn coalition seeks moratorium after actress tests positive for HIV  —  In the midst of battle over condom law, adult industry group calls for a nationwide halt on production.  —  The adult film industry has called for a nationwide moratorium on production after an actress tested positive for HIV.
Discussion: Jezebel and The Raw Story
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Reindeer Games  —  WASHINGTON — ON the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech, Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan congressman, has a dream, too: to impeach the nation's first black president.  —  “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Film on Salinger Claims More Books Are Coming  —  LOS ANGELES — J. D. Salinger may not be done publishing after all, according to claims in a new film and book set for release next week.  —  Mr. Salinger, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, has been known for a distinguished but scant literary oeuvre …
Discussion:, The Verge, Althouse and Gawker
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump University Made False Claims, Lawsuit Says  —  The New York State attorney general's office filed a civil lawsuit on Saturday accusing Trump University, Donald J. Trump's for-profit investment school, of engaging in illegal business practices.  —  The lawsuit, which seeks restitution …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman files Donald Trump ‘University’ $40 million fraud suit
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cruz Dismisses ‘Silly’ Citizenship Controversy, Says He's ‘Only American’
Discussion: BizPac Review
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Widens Crackdown and Meaning of ‘Islamist’
Discussion: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
ObamaCare's architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama should express condolences for Lane's death, says governor
Steven Salaita / Salon:
No, thanks: Stop saying “support the troops”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Iowa's G.O.P. Fears Its Role in Presidential Selection Is Diminishing
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Julie Harris, Celebrated Actress of Range and Intensity, Dies at 87
Discussion: Althouse
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cruz: Political ‘tsunami’ needed to win fight to defund ObamaCare
Discussion: Politico
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
After six budget showdowns, big government is mostly unchanged