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10:00 AM ET, August 28, 2013


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Noah Shachtman / Reuters:
Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say  —  Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit …
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Here's why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria  —  Military thinkers from Sun Tzu to Napoleon Bonaparte have long emphasized the element of surprise.  So it might seem strange that the Obama administration is not just clearly telegraphing that it likely plans to launch limited strikes …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force'
John McWhorter / Wall Street Journal:
A Better Way to Honor Dr. King's Dream  —  The goal of the civil-rights movement was opportunity—not a ‘post-racial’ society.  —  On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we will hear a good deal about how life in this country for black Americans has not changed as much as Martin Luther King Jr. might have wished.
Discussion: The Week
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
MLK would be alarmed by black-on-black violence, lack of family values  —  It is hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the famous “I have a dream speech” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington.  I was an 11-year-old child in Detroit languishing in the midst of poverty …
Washington Post:
The March on Washington: A symbol, if not a turning point
Discussion: The Week
Elizabeth Warren / Boston Herald:
Battenfeld: Outspoken Liz Warren stays silent on Syria  —  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been on the warpath against banks since going to Washington, but when it comes to launch­ing a war against Syria, she and other liberal Massachusetts Democrats suddenly don't have much to say.
Emma Dumain / Goppers:
If Obama Bypasses Congress on Syria, Will He Face Consequences?
Politico:   Immigration reform's No. 1 enemy: Time
Fox News:
Ben Bradlee's daughter-in-law reveals (almost) all on Facebook  —  Ben Bradlee, one of the great men of American journalism, celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday, and his daughter-in-law paid tribute by posting a photo of them and saying “it is a dream to be part of his family.”
Erik Wemple:
Pari Bradlee and the brilliance of Fox News's Howard Kurtz  —  No one cared about the Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee.  No one cared that one of them portrayed her in a “Swiss-cheese bra.”  No one cared that another showed her posing nude, “shot from the back, twisting one arm behind her.”
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
People Who Need to Retire: Pat Robertson Edition  —  The 700 Club host falsely asserted that gay men in San Francisco use special rings to give AIDS to unsuspecting people who shake their hands.  What year is it?  —  Dear people in public life: When you love your job …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Right Wing Watch
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Gay People Deliberately Spread HIV/AIDS By Cutting People With Special Rings
Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance  —  As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women.
Rush Limbaugh:
Why are Feminists Judging Miley Cyrus?
Discussion: Althouse
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
August 2013 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits  —  MSNBC continued its rough 2013 in the ratings, continuing to lose significant audience from 2012.  The problems were particularly prevalent in primetime, with some shows losing close to -50% of viewers.  —  The ratings for August 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Taxpayer Dollars Paid A Third Of Richest Corporate CEOs: Report  —  WASHINGTON — More than one-third of the nation's highest-paid CEOs from the past two decades led companies that were subsidized by American taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank.
Greg Tuttle / Billings Gazette:
Former Senior High teacher gets 30 days for rape of student  —  A Yellowstone County district judge Monday ordered a former Senior High teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student who later committed suicide to spend 30 days in jail.  —  Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker, The Raw Story and Jezebel
Boston Magazine:
Behind the Scenes of The Hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  —  All photographs by Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy  —  It was likely the most terrifying manhunt in Boston history.  With the city under lockdown and armored vehicles rolling through Watertown, the alleged Boston …
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Mildest US Summer In A Century  —  This summer, the US has experienced the fewest number of 100 degree readings in a century.  The five hottest summers (1936, 1934, 1954, 1980 and 1930) all occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM.  —  CO2 went over 400 PPM this year, indicating that heatwaves and CO2 have nothing to do with each other.
Discussion: Power Line
Shahien Nasiripour / The Huffington Post:
Federal Reserve Employees Afraid To Speak Put Financial System At Risk  —  WASHINGTON — Regulators overseeing the nation's largest financial institutions are distrustful of their bosses, afraid to speak out, and feeling isolated, according to a confidential survey this year of Federal Reserve employees.
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Suspect in WWII vet slay: We were buying crack from victim  —  One of the teens charged with beating to death a World War II veteran allegedly claimed he was buying crack cocaine from the 88-year-old and the transaction turned violent — but cops said there is no evidence to support that.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and Twitchy
Simon Johnson / Bloomberg:
People Don't Fear Climate Change Enough  —  With respect to the science of climate change, many experts regard the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world's authoritative institution.  A draft summary of its forthcoming report was leaked last week.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP building digital voter ID network to top Obama's
Franklin C. Spinney / CounterPunch:
Syria in the Crosshairs  —  I found it truly scary to read …
Discussion: FP Passport
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Norwegian FM to ‘Post’: World will not bankroll Palestinian state-building forever
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama Taps Former Aides for Intel Review Panel
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Medicaid Expansion In Legislative Limbo
Discussion: Eclectablog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Michaud leads in Maine Gubernatorial race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry will return to Iowa for Polk County GOP dinner
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox News expert: ‘Women have the breasts’ so health care should cost more than men
Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Bubonic plague outbreak feared in central Asia
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
New Jersey's Cory Booker: A perfect senator for ‘This Town’?