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11:20 AM ET, August 27, 2013

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Washington Post:
After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike  —  President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria's use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent …
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New York Times:
Responding to Syrian Atrocities  —  There is little doubt now that President Obama is planning some kind of military response to what the administration says without equivocation was a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government that killed hundreds of civilians.
BBC:
Strike against Syria ‘catastrophic’  —  Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.  —  The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week.
CBS News:
Obama orders release of report justifying Syria strike  —  (CBS News) President Barack Obama called his national security team together Saturday to talk about the next move in Syria.  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper led off the three-hour White House meeting with detailed analysis …
NBCNews:
Military strikes on Syria ‘as early as Thursday,’ US officials say  —  United States intelligence officials are convinced the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against rebels last week, and are building their case for military action without putting troops on the ground.  NBC's Richard Engel reports.
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
O'Mara: George Zimmerman will ask state to cover $200K-$300K of his legal bills  —  Because he was acquitted, state law allows him to recoup thousands.  —  George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 …
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Conservative blacks irritated with liberal flavor of march anniversary  —  Black conservatives are rankled by the liberal flavor of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  —  They contend the left is appropriating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama, race and class
Discussion: National Review
Sacramento Bee:
President Ford video testimony released on ‘Squeaky’ Fromme assassination attempt  —  On Sept. 5, 1975, at around 9:30 a.m., a young woman left her $100-a-month attic apartment at 1725 P St. and began the short stroll to the state Capitol.  —  Dressed in a flowing red robe and carrying …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Bad News Is Wrong  —  A black commentator repudiates the New Great Migration.  —  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is known today primarily as the occasion of Martin Luther King's magnificent “I Have a Dream” speech.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Grumpy Old Justices  —  Scalia and Ginsburg are really disappointed in the Supreme Court.  But only one of them is right to be.  —  Last week Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia each grabbed headlines with controversial late-summer comments about the dysfunctions of the current Supreme Court.
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Officer Is Indicted on Charges of Lying About Photographer's Arrest  —  A New York City police officer who had arrested a photographer working for The New York Times has been indicted on three felony counts and five misdemeanors accusing him of fabricating the reasons for the arrest, the Bronx district attorney announced on Monday.
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Set Back by Recession, and Shut Out of Rebound  —  RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — In September 2012, it appeared that the world was John Fugazzie's frozen oyster.  He was in charge of dairy and frozen foods for the A.&P. supermarket chain, making $125,000 a year.  —  He was also a guest that month …
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
New Jersey's Cory Booker: A perfect senator for ‘This Town’?  —  UNION, N.J. — During Saturday's events for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Cory Booker dabbed his dome with a white handkerchief on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and bellowed, “We still have work to do.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TheBlaze.com
Investor's Business Daily:
Rogue IRS Shamefully Targets Nation's Veterans  —  Scandals: One of the nation's largest veterans groups is being required to provide proof of membership eligibility.  Posts that can't or won't comply face heavy fines.  Your government thanks you for your service.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Stop privileges for government officials: Column  —  Politicians and police don't deserve special treatment.  —  CONNECT  —  All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don't.  Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police …
Discussion: Hit & Run and UrbanGrounds
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Palin backs shutdown showdown over ObamaCare defunding  —  Sarah Palin is jumping on the push to defund ObamaCare by threatening a government shutdown.  —  Sarah Palin is jumping on the push to defund ObamaCare by threatening a government shutdown.  —  Palin urged lawmakers to demand …
Discussion: CNN
John Shiffman / Reuters:
Holder pressed on U.S. drug agency use of hidden data evidence  —  (Reuters) - Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration …
Discussion: AL.com
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
$1.5B for ‘youth jobs fund’?  Critics pan pork in Senate immigration bill  —  April 26, 2013: Immigrant families, workers and supporters march in San Diego.Reuters  —  After a comprehensive immigration bill passed the Senate in June, President Obama says he's “absolutely confident” it can pass the House if put to a vote.
Discussion: ABC News
CNBC:
Obama source predicts Summers will be named Fed chief soon  —  A source from Team Obama told CNBC that Larry Summers will likely be named chairman of the Federal Reserve in a few weeks though he is “still being vetted” so it might take a little longer.  —  It's largely come …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mayoral Rivals in 2-Way Fight for Black Vote  —  William C. Thompson Jr. is the sole African-American among the leading candidates for mayor of New York City, and he has long counted on the support of black voters to propel him to victory in a crowded Democratic field.
Discussion: First Read, Politicker and Guardian
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Hamptons McMansions Herald a Return of Excess  —  BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — Porsche ads clog the local radio here, houses are renting at close to the million-dollar range — for the summer — and Uber, an app that lets you order car service, reports that its new Hamptons luxury S.U.V. business is booming, $50 minimum fares and all.
Asia Bibi / New York Post:
Sentenced to death for a sip of water  —  As her religion faces persecution across the Middle East, a Christian woman explains why she faces hanging in Pakistan for the crime of ‘blasphemy’ … I'm the victim of a cruel, collective injustice.  —  I've been locked up, handcuffed and chained …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Reuters:
Haley Announces Reelection Bid  —  CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug 26 (Reuters) - South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley announced her bid for re-election on Monday, railing against President Barack Obama's healthcare reform and touting her support of jobs and businesses.
Discussion: FITSNews and CNN
Sen. John Ensign / CREW:
With Ensign Decision, Court Hands CREW Fourth Victory Against DOJ  —  Lawsuits, Congress, Federal Agencies, Department of Justice, Legal, Lawsuits, States, Nevada, Transparency, House Members, Don Young, Jerry Lewis, Senate Members, John Ensign, CREW v. Department of Justice (Ensign Investigation)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-US Attorney Calls James O'Keefe ‘A Nasty Little Cowardly Spud’  —  The conservative video maker James O'Keefe has turned his cameras on the former federal prosecutor whose office brought charges against him and his accomplices in the phone-tampering of a Democratic U.S. senator.
Investigations / NBCNews:
How Snowden did it  —  When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn't need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer firewall.  —  All he needed, said multiple intelligence community sources, was a few thumb drives …
Discussion: emptywheel and The Daily Caller
 
 
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