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12:25 PM 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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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.
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.
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.
TIME:
Obama Seeks a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ on Syria  —  With blockages at the UN, NATO, EU and the Arab League, Obama must cobble together a patchwork of allies on Syria  —  By Jay Newton-Small @JNSmallAug.  26, 2013  —  President Barack Obama has said the American response …
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 …
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Remarks on Syria  —  Remarks  —  Press Briefing Room Washington, DC
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Boehner visits Boise; vows to succeed with entitlement reform this fall  —  The House speaker predicts ‘a whale of a fight’ but he says the timing is right.  —  House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that getting the GOP-controlled House to agree to raising the U.S. debt ceiling will only come …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Debt Ceiling Is Suddenly Only 8 Weeks Away
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
U.S. faces mid-October deadline to raise debt limit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Post Politics
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama, race and class  —  Martin Luther King and Barack Obama, the two most important black leaders in American history, operated in vastly different eras and political arenas — under a strikingly similar set of ground rules.  —  King and Obama — born 32 years apart …
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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 …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
The Racial Tit-for-Tat of Crime Reporting
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Lucky Break That Could Land Larry Summers at the Fed
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Bloomberg
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.
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.
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: Washington Monthly, FITSNews and CNN
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
Detroit Free Press:
Agency says newspaper service for blind ends Saturday after state cuts funding  —  LANSING — A service used by about 3,000 blind people in Michigan to access newspapers and magazines is to be shut off this week because the state cut funding, the provider said Monday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Poynter
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Sen. John Ensign / CREW:
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