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1:40 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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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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Experts to Obama: Here Is What to Do in Syria  —  A big group of foreign policy experts, from across the ideological spectrum, is calling on President Obama to impose “meaningful consequences on the Assad regime” for their use of chemical weapons.  —  “At a minimum, the United States …
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.
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Hagel: 'We're ready to go' if ordered on Syria chemical weapons response  —  Washington (CNN) — With a flurry of diplomatic signals and activity, U.S. officials sought Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a possible military strike on Syria in response to last week's suspected chemical weapons attack …
TIME:
Obama Seeks a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ on Syria
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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
MSNBC's Karen Finney bails on Hugh Hewitt  —  MSNBC's Karen Finney on Monday hung up on conservative talker Hugh Hewitt after he repeatedly asked her during an interview on his radio show to say whether Alger Hiss was a communist.  —  Hewitt had Finney on his program to discuss her statement …
Discussion: National Review
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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Interviewing Lefties: Karen Finney and Steven Salaita
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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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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
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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Sarah Palin backs Defund Obamacare  —  Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is set to announce Tuesday that she has signed on to the Defund Obamacare movement.  —  “Forced enrollment in Obama's ‘Unaffordable Care Act’ is weeks away,” Palin says in a statement to be released by the Senate Conservatives Fund …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Palin backs shutdown showdown over ObamaCare defunding
Discussion: CNN
Alex Seitz-Wald / The Plum Line:
Updated: Congressman says he understands DREAMers' plight because he's from Arkansas  —  California Republican Rep. Gary Miller has earned a reputation as an immigration hardliner, but when confronted by a group of young immigrants Friday at a public event in Rancho Cucamonga (which had a $12 entry fee) …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Joseph White / ABC News:
Washington DC to Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics  —  The inconveniences of the daily routine in the nation's capital will be a selling point as Washington, D.C., makes a push to host the 2024 Olympics.  —  “We are the safest and most secure city in the world,” said Bob Sweeney, president of DC 2024.
CNN:
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT  —  Official: U.S. Could Strike Syria “Within Hours”; Death Penalty For Fort Hood Shooter?  ; Massive Dog Fighting Bust; Trump's School Accused of Fraud; Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Out in Public; Massive Wildfire Threatens Yosemite  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.
Discussion: Post Politics
 
 
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