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5:00 PM ET, August 27, 2013

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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 …
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Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
“Experts” Who Are Always Wrong About Everything Want to Bomb Syria  —  The Weekly Standard has an open letter explaining that blowing up lots of stuff in Syria is a great idea: … The “other people” include Max Boot, Paul Berman, Dr. Clifford D. May, Marty Peretz, and Danielle Pletka.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Obama's third war  —  The folly of striking Syria  —  You might as well try to teach a snake to juggle as hope the Obama administration will think strategically.  The “peace president” is about to embark on his third military adventure, this time in Syria, without having learned the lessons …
Discussion: neo-neocon
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Military Strikes Are an Extremely Expensive Way to Help Foreigners  —  A few months back, I ran into one of the founders of GiveWell, the charity evaluation website, and he thanked me for having talked up GiveDirectly the charity based around helping to fight global poverty by directly transferring money to poor people.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
George Packer / News Desk:
Two Minds on Syria  —  So it looks like we're going to bomb Assad.  —  Good.  —  Really?  Why good? … Yes, I saw the videos.  —  And you don't want to pound the s**t out of him?  —  I want to pound the s**t out of him.  —  But you think we shouldn't do anything.  —  I didn't say that.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: We're not seeking ‘regime change’ as goal in Syria  —  The White House said Tuesday that President Obama is not seeking “regime change” in Syria from any military strikes launched in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike
NBCNews:
Military strikes on Syria ‘as early as Thursday,’ US officials say
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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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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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Gay People Deliberately Spread HIV/AIDS By Cutting People With Special Rings  —  Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen that gay men in cities like San Francisco attempt to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting them with a special ring when shaking hands.
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 …
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: 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.
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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
GOP senators want to reverse healthcare rule for congressional staff  —  Two Republican senators say they'll introduce legislation to reverse the Obama administration's rule change allowing the federal government to contribute to Capitol Hill employee health insurance premiums.
Discussion: Politico
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.”
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Dem bill would trigger huge new taxes on guns, ammo  —  Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), seen here with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during a press conference in Aug. 2011, has recently sponsored a bill that would quadruple the tax on ammunition if it is passed.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Caucus:
Ickes Returns to Democratic Committee's Rules and Bylaws Panel  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Democratic National Committee's summer meeting here late last week was starkly different from the gathering of its Republican counterparts earlier in the month.  There were no surefire news-making speakers …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Why Do Education and Health Care Cost So Much?  —  Ezra Klein says that college and health care have the same problem: You can't do without them, and therefore, they are very expensive: … I don't think that this can be right.  Food and water are far more vital than health care …
Discussion: National Review and Wonkblog
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: The Hill and Post Politics
 
 
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