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3:00 AM ET, August 29, 2013

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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Rumsfeld says administration hasn't justified Syria attack  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who ushered the U.S. into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003, said the Obama administration has not clearly justified an attack on Syria.  —  “One thing that is very interesting …
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Speaker.gov:
Boehner Seeks Answers from President Obama on Syria  —  WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent the following letter to President Obama requesting that he clearly articulate to the American people and Congress his objectives, policy, and strategy for any potential intervention in Syria.
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
President Obama: ‘I Have Not Made a Decision’ on Syria  —  President Barack Obama said he had not yet made his decision regarding a U.S. strike on Syria during an interview with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Putin's Silence on Syria Signals Resignation on Attack  —  MOSCOW — Russia has made its opposition to military intervention in Syria vehemently clear.  The foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, warns daily about the risk of an escalating conflagration.  A deputy prime minister said the West dealt …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Official: White House seeks Syria response ‘just muscular enough not to get mocked’
Ian Hurd / New York Times:
Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal
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.
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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
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Republicans absent from March on Washington
Discussion: News One
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 …
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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 …
Associated Press:
HASAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR FORT HOOD SHOOTING  —  (AP) Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting  —  A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Death Penalty for Rampage at Fort Hood
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
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Clinton: MLK did not ‘live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock’
Discussion: Politico
WPXI-TV:
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.
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 …
kff.org:
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Maine Town Official Visited By Secret Service For Racially Charged Obama Post  —  A town official in Maine was visited by the Secret Service Tuesday after posting a message to Facebook referring to President Barack Obama with a racial slur and calling for him to be shot, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Yahoo! News:
Key lawmakers to get Syria chemical weapons briefing Thursday  —  Key lawmakers will get a classified briefing from the Obama administration on Thursday regarding Syria's alleged slaughter of civilians using chemical weapons last week, two U.S. officials said.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
N.M. Republican Said Gay Men Should Stop ‘Whoring’ And Marry Women  —  The Republican New Mexico state senator leading the charge against same-sex marriage wrote a blog post in which he suggested gay couples in the state should stop “whoring” and marry local women instead.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon and Vodafone Rekindle Talks on $100 Billion-Plus Deal  —  With Rising Interest Rates and New Competition, the Companies Move Beyond Stalemate  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC have rekindled talks about a buyout of the U.K. company's stake in their U.S. wireless joint venture …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE GREAT LOOPHOLE  —  As the president mounts the podium at the Lincoln Memorial today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech, we are reminded (ceaselessly) about one thing that Dr. King said in his address: … There it is.  That's the great loophole.
Joe Kent / BBC:
Turning the tables on cold callers  —  Lee Beaumont is taking on the cold callers  —  A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own premium-rate phone number.  —  In November 2011 Lee Beaumont paid £10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line …
Discussion: Gawker and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
 
 
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Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pryor won't attend Clinton's ObamaCare speech in Arkansas
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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to Co-Host Cory Booker Fundraiser (Exclusive)
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
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Reuters:
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