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6:00 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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Official: White House seeks Syria response ‘just muscular enough not to get mocked’
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Here's why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
McCain scolds White House for ‘crazy’ leaks on Syria air strikes
Discussion: Politico
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
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
Emma Dumain / Goppers:
Boehner, Cantor Turned Down Chance to Speak at March Anniversary  —  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.
Francesca Chambers / Red Alert Politics:
Nation's only black Senator not invited to speak at March on Washington
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 is coming together 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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to Co-Host Cory Booker Fundraiser (Exclusive)  —  JJ Abrams, Michael Eisner and Ted Sarandos will also co-host the event at Ron Burkle's house, marking the second major Hollywood fundraiser in the New Jersey Democrat's run for the U.S. Senate.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Jesse Jackson: ‘Tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Clinton: MLK did not ‘live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock’
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pryor won't attend Clinton's ObamaCare speech in Arkansas
Discussion: The Reaction and
Isolde Raftery / NBCNews:
Feds: Bank chairman used bailout money to buy luxury condo
Alyssa Abkowitz / Developments:
Rupert Murdoch Closing on L.A. Winery Purchase for $28.8 Million
 Earlier Items: 
David Leonhardt / Economix:
‘The Great Shift’: Americans Not Working
Discussion: Via Meadia
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Mildest US Summer In A Century
Discussion: Power Line