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6:45 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
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.
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 and Power Line
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: Politico, CNN and Outside the Beltway
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
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force'
Discussion: National Review
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iranian Official: Israel to Be ‘First Victim’ of U.S. Attack on Syria
NBCNews:
Military strikes on Syria ‘as early as Thursday,’ US officials say
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.
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.”
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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Washington Post:
New Jersey's Cory Booker: A perfect senator for ‘This Town’?  —  “That's really a phenomenon of the last two years,” Booker acknowledges, “when people started projecting me, not as this guy working in the inner city, but maybe as somebody who was going somewhere.”
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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 …
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 …
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.”
Somini Sengupta / NYT Bits:
‘Revenge Porn’ Could Be Criminal Offense in California  —  On a recent episode of “The Newsroom,” on HBO, the character Sloan Sabbith, a financial reporter, was mortified when an ex-boyfriend posted compromising pictures of her online, which then went viral.
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
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
John Harwood / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Jacob Lew  —  Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has been part of Washington's fiscal battles for three decades, since he served as an aide to then-House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill.  But soon he will be the Obama administration's point man on an unusual convergence of fronts …
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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 …
 
 
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