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5:20 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
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.
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Military Strikes Are an Extremely Expensive Way to Help Foreigners
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: We're not seeking ‘regime change’ as goal in Syria
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
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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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 …
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.”
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Washington Post:
New Jersey's Cory Booker: A perfect senator for ‘This Town’?
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Brian Lewis Speaks Out: Roger Ailes and Fox News Should Fear Him  —  Brian Lewis's attorney Judd Burstein just provided this statement to Gawker: … Fox News President Roger Ailes fired Lewis in late July following accusations of “financial irregularities” and “multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”
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
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America Launch Ratings  —  Al Jazeera America launched last week, and we have the ratings from Nielsen Media Research for its first few days.  —  Not surprisingly given the low-rated channel it replaced (Current TV), and the fact that it lost a few million homes from AT&T before launch …
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 …
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
Fox News:
Ben Bradlee's daughter-in-law reveals (almost) all on Facebook  —  Ben Bradlee, one of the great men of American journalism, celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday, and his daughter-in-law paid tribute by posting a photo of them and saying “it is a dream to be part of his family.”
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.
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
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Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
GOP senators want to reverse healthcare rule for congressional staff
Discussion: Politico
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 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Gasparino / Fox Business:
Obama Could Be Losing a Top Economic Adviser
Discussion: The Hill
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At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Via Meadia
Scott Shane / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal, A.C.L.U. Says
CNN:
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Stop privileges for government officials: Column
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Grumpy Old Justices
Asia Bibi / New York Post:
Sentenced to death for a sip of water