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9:55 AM ET, August 28, 2013


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Noah Shachtman / Reuters:
Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say  —  Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force'  —  Air strikes on Syria would turn the U.S. military into “al Qaeda's air force,” former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told The Hill.  —  The outspoken anti-war activist said any such action would plunge the United States …
John McWhorter / Wall Street Journal:
A Better Way to Honor Dr. King's Dream  —  The goal of the civil-rights movement was opportunity—not a ‘post-racial’ society.  —  On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we will hear a good deal about how life in this country for black Americans has not changed as much as Martin Luther King Jr. might have wished.
Discussion: The Week
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
MLK would be alarmed by black-on-black violence, lack of family values  —  It is hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the famous “I have a dream speech” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington.  I was an 11-year-old child in Detroit languishing in the midst of poverty …
Washington Post:
The March on Washington: A symbol, if not a turning point
Discussion: The Week
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.”
Erik Wemple:
Pari Bradlee and the brilliance of Fox News's Howard Kurtz  —  No one cared about the Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee.  No one cared that one of them portrayed her in a “Swiss-cheese bra.”  No one cared that another showed her posing nude, “shot from the back, twisting one arm behind her.”
Elizabeth Warren / Boston Herald:
Battenfeld: Outspoken Liz Warren stays silent on Syria  —  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been on the warpath against banks since going to Washington, but when it comes to launch­ing a war against Syria, she and other liberal Massachusetts Democrats suddenly don't have much to say.
Immigration reform's No. 1 enemy: Time
Discussion: New York Times
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
People Who Need to Retire: Pat Robertson Edition  —  The 700 Club host falsely asserted that gay men in San Francisco use special rings to give AIDS to unsuspecting people who shake their hands.  What year is it?  —  Dear people in public life: When you love your job …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Right Wing Watch
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Gay People Deliberately Spread HIV/AIDS By Cutting People With Special Rings
Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance  —  As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women.
Rush Limbaugh:
Why are Feminists Judging Miley Cyrus?
Discussion: Althouse
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
August 2013 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits  —  MSNBC continued its rough 2013 in the ratings, continuing to lose significant audience from 2012.  The problems were particularly prevalent in primetime, with some shows losing close to -50% of viewers.  —  The ratings for August 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):
Greg Tuttle / Billings Gazette:
Former Senior High teacher gets 30 days for rape of student  —  A Yellowstone County district judge Monday ordered a former Senior High teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student who later committed suicide to spend 30 days in jail.  —  Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker, The Raw Story and Jezebel
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Mildest US Summer In A Century  —  This summer, the US has experienced the fewest number of 100 degree readings in a century.  The five hottest summers (1936, 1934, 1954, 1980 and 1930) all occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM.  —  CO2 went over 400 PPM this year, indicating that heatwaves and CO2 have nothing to do with each other.
Discussion: Power Line
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Taxpayer Dollars Paid A Third Of Richest Corporate CEOs: Report  —  WASHINGTON — More than one-third of the nation's highest-paid CEOs from the past two decades led companies that were subsidized by American taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank.
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Suspect in WWII vet slay: We were buying crack from victim  —  One of the teens charged with beating to death a World War II veteran allegedly claimed he was buying crack cocaine from the 88-year-old and the transaction turned violent — but cops said there is no evidence to support that.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and Twitchy
Boston Magazine:
Behind the Scenes of The Hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  —  All photographs by Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy  —  It was likely the most terrifying manhunt in Boston history.  With the city under lockdown and armored vehicles rolling through Watertown, the alleged Boston …
Discussion: CBS New York, Guardian, NBCNews and TalkLeft
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Norwegian FM to ‘Post’: World will not bankroll Palestinian state-building forever  —  Eide praises Israel for ‘difficult’ prisoner release.  —  Both the Palestinians and Israel should know that the world will not bankroll Palestinian Authority state-building forever, and that if progress …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Simon Johnson / Bloomberg:
People Don't Fear Climate Change Enough  —  With respect to the science of climate change, many experts regard the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world's authoritative institution.  A draft summary of its forthcoming report was leaked last week.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Franklin C. Spinney / CounterPunch:
Syria in the Crosshairs  —  I found it truly scary to read …
Discussion: FP Passport
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama Taps Former Aides for Intel Review Panel
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Eclectablog
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox News expert: ‘Women have the breasts’ so health care should cost more than men
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Wal-Mart will offer health coverage to workers' partners starting in 2014
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Bubonic plague outbreak feared in central Asia
Discussion: The Daily Caller