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12:15 PM ET, August 26, 2013

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Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
Syria will require more than cruise missiles  —  Eliot A. Cohen teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  He directed the U.S. Air Force's Gulf War Air Power Survey from 1991 to 1993.  —  In 1994, after directing the U.S. Air Force's official study of the Persian Gulf War …
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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.
BBC:
Snipers attack UN convoy in Syria  —  Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.  —  One car was shot at “multiple times”, forcing the convoy to turn back.
Discussion: Foreign Policy, Guardian, The Verge and NPR
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama boxed-in on Syria
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sets Stage for Bigger Syria Role
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: Taylor Marsh and Booman Tribune
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Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran  —  The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history — and still gave him a hand.  —  The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus.
Ben Smith:
ProPublica Joins NSA Chase  —  Broadening the journalistic front on the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.  —  A new National Security Agency facility in Utah.  —  George Frey / Getty Images  —  The nonprofit investigative reporting group ProPublica is among …
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TheBlaze.com:
SHOCK VIDEO ALLEGEDLY SHOWS AL QAEDA-LINKED TERRORISTS STOPPING TRUCK DRIVERS ON SIDE OF ROAD THEN EXECUTING THEM FOR NOT BEING SUNNI MUSLIMS  —  Editor's note: This story contains extremely graphic content that may be offensive to some readers.  —  New video posted on YouTube purports …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Anti-Abortion Laws Take Dramatic Toll On Clinics Nationwide  —  More than 50 abortion clinics across the country have closed or stopped offering the procedure since a heavy wave of legislative attacks on providers began in 2010, according to The Huffington Post's nationwide survey of state health departments …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tea Party Now Covering News for Washington Post  —  The Washington Post's lead Sunday news story is one of the weirdest, and most weirdly biased, news articles I've ever read in my life.  The point of the story — headlined “After six budget showdowns, big government is mostly unchanged” …
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.
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 …
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:
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Colin Powell warns Republican voter ID laws will backfire
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Anja Crowder / ABC News:   Cokie Roberts: Changes to Voting Rights ‘Downright Evil’
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: Power Line and Outside the Beltway
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman ‘political hack’  —  Donald Trump slammed the New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman on Monday for suing him over Trump University.  —  “He sits up in my office asking me for campaign contributions, he's been there numerous times.
 
 
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Hadas Gold / Reuters:
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
Unnatural Models of the Labor Market (Wonkish)
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Brad DeLong
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Study finds wealth gives rise to a sense of entitlement and narcissistic behaviors
Discussion: Firedoglake
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
Market innovation, not government regulations, are the key to keeping college costs down
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Howard Dean: ‘God Help Us’ If Ted Cruz Becomes President
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
No Tolerance for Russia's Anti-Gay Games
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
BBC:
Greece ‘may need 10bn euros more’ in aid - Stournaras
Discussion: Via Meadia
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Muslim Brotherhood's bid to scapegoat Christians failing, say Egyptians
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Desert tortoise faces threat from its own refuge as BLM closes Vegas rescue center
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Porn coalition seeks moratorium after actress tests positive for HIV
Discussion: Jezebel and The Raw Story