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6:40 PM ET, August 28, 2013


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Noah Shachtman / Foreign Policy:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. leaks tell Assad he can relax.  The bombing will be brief and limited.  —  An American military attack on Syria could begin as early as Thursday and will involve three days of missile strikes, according to “senior U.S. officials” talking to NBC News.  The Washington Post has the bombing at …
Ian Hurd / New York Times:
Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal  —  EVANSTON, Ill. — THE latest atrocities in the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 100,000 people, demand an urgent response to deter further massacres and to punish President Bashar al-Assad.  But there is widespread confusion over the legal basis …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Official: White House seeks Syria response ‘just muscular enough not to get mocked’
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
McCain scolds White House for ‘crazy’ leaks on Syria air strikes
Discussion: Politico
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Here's why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria
Francesca Chambers / Red Alert Politics:
Nation's only black Senator not invited to speak at March on Washington  —  About Francesca Chambers  —  Francesca is the Editor of Red Alert Politics - an online publication written by and for young conservatives.  Red Alert Politics is a product of Clarity Media Group …
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
At 50th Anniversary of March, No GOP Speakers  —  No elected Republicans will speak at today's event marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, but that hasn't stopped GOP officials from honoring the occasion.  —  A parade of current and former elected officials issued remarks calling …
Discussion: Telegraph and Post Politics
Emma Dumain / Goppers:
Boehner, Cantor Turned Down Chance to Speak at March Anniversary (Updated)  —  Updated 5:23 p.m. |  Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House's two most senior Republicans, were invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington — but declined.
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Bushes unable to attend March on Washington ceremony  —  WASHINGTON —There will be two notable absences at Wednesday's commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: George H.W. and George W. Bush.  —  Both former presidents were invited to participate in Wednesday's celebration …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: August 2013  —  As outreach efforts for enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increase over the summer, the August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that the public's most trusted sources of information on the law …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Growing Bipartisan Coalition Urges Obama to Seek Congressional Authorization for Syrian Strike  —  A growing bipartisan coalition in Congress came together today to “strongly urge” President Obama “to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.”
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Jury Sentences Hasan to Death for Fort Hood Rampage  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who admitted shooting to kill in a Fort Hood building here packed with unarmed soldiers nearly four years ago, once said he wished he had died in the attack so he could become a Muslim martyr.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bill Mears / CNN:
Fort Hood shooting jury recommends death penalty for Nidal Hasan
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Antiwar Left Stays Quiet On Syria  —  With less money and fewer members, antiwar groups struggle to effectively protest the imminent war in Syria.  —  Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at an Iraq War veterans march in 2008 in Denver.  —  Michael Francis McElroy/Zuma Press / MCT
Woman brutally beaten by group of teens in North Side says attack was ‘racially motivated’  —  PITTSBURGH —  A woman who said she was brutally attacked by a group of black teenagers in Pittsburgh's North Side Sunday said the girls savagely beat her while calling her racial slurs.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  August 28, 2013 - De Blasio Close To 40% In New York City Mayoral Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Quinn, Thompson In Battle For Second Place  —  With 13 days until the primary election, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio surges ahead of the Democratic pack …
Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
In Dramatic Reversal, Michigan Senate Passes Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion  —  The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, extending health coverage to more than 400,000 low-income residents, but not without a little legislative drama first.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Embracing misinformation on Obama  —  A poll of Louisiana Republicans released last week contained some strange news for President Obama: Twenty-nine percent of them said that he was responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina — in 2005.  —  This was slightly more than the 28 percent …
Josh Schiller / Washington Post:
Why you won't see or hear the ‘I have a dream’ speech  —  Josh Schiller is an associate in the New York offices of Boies Schiller & Flexner who has represented plaintiffs and defendants in copyright infringement lawsuits.  —  Fifty years ago this week, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.
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.
Washington Post:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial.
Paresh Dave / New York Times:
Melbourne IT discovers breach that took down  —  A view of the New York Times building in New York in December 2008.  The newspaper reported Tuesday that hackers prevented visitors from reaching its website.  (Justin Lane / EPA)  —  Melbourne IT, an Australian firm …
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / Red Alert Politics:
Rep. Steve King calls on unemployed Americans to get off their butts and start working  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is making no excuses for unemployed Americans, urging them to get off their butts and start working, and criticizing the unemployed for failing to contribute to the standard of living.
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