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10:40 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 …
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 …
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.
Hagel on Syria: US military ‘ready to go’  —  US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has told the BBC the US is “ready to go” if the decision comes for military action against Syria.  —  Mr Hagel said there was a range of options available to the US but that no action would be taken until more facts …
New York Times:
Kerry Cites Clear Evidence of Chemical Weapon Use in Syria
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Citing ‘Moral Obscenity’ in Syria, Weighs Response
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
John Kerry: Syria's use of chemical weapons ‘undeniable’
Discussion: Reuters, Via Meadia, CNN and New York Times
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 …
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: First Read and 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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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.
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.
Kirsten Gibson / Purdue Exponent:
Rokita holds town hall in Lebanon  —  U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-District 4, said Friday there should be more transparency for students about the outcomes for majors in college and the federal government should not rate colleges.  —  Rokita held a town hall meeting Friday night in Lebanon …
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
Controversial rodeo clown speaks out after death threats  —  A rodeo clown's controversial Missouri State Fair antics went viral after President Barack Obama was spoofed and mocked.  —  It divided people across the country on whether Tuffy Gessling's stunt was disrespectful to Obama.
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: ABC News, First Read and
Dan Levine / Reuters:
U.S. judge approves Facebook privacy settlement over ads  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday granted final approval to Facebook's $20 million settlement of a lawsuit over targeted advertising despite objections that the deal did not go far enough to protect children's privacy.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wired
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Chris Hayes On His Ratings: ‘Obviously, The Numbers Are Bad Right Now’  —  MSNBC's Chris Hayes conceded that his ratings have been “bad” in an interview with The New Yorker published on Monday.  —  The magazine ran a lengthy feature by Kelefa Sanneh on MSNBC's current place in the cable news landscape.
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Peter Gray / Salon:
School is a prison — and damaging our kids
Associated Press:
Egyptian Islamist groups seek truce
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
The Racial Tit-for-Tat of Crime Reporting
Associated Press:
Ex-Ohio Gov. John Gilligan dies
Discussion: CNN
Valerie Jarrett / White Blog:
Celebrating Women's Equality Day
Sen. John Ensign / CREW:
With Ensign Decision, Court Hands CREW Fourth Victory Against DOJ
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron David Miller / Los Angeles Times:
A report card for U.S. policy in the Mideast
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Open Secret About Google's Surveillance Case No Longer Secret
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient faced ‘blizzard of bullets’
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury tells Congress nation will breach debt ceiling in mid-October
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Drone crashes into Virginia bull run crowd