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10:00 AM ET, August 29, 2013


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Robin Wright / Los Angeles Times:
The risk of taking on Syria  —  Quick strikes rarely achieve enduring political goals — and often produce more costs or unintended consequences than benefits.  —  So the U.S. launches a military strike.  Then what?  —  As the Obama administration and the U.S. military plot military action against Syria …
Discussion: Slate
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria  —  WASHINGTON — The evidence of a massacre is undeniable: the bodies of the dead lined up on hospital floors, those of the living convulsing and writhing in pain and a declaration from a respected international aid group that thousands …
Los Angeles Times:
Syria chemical weapons response poses major test for Obama
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Reports of Syria Chemical Attack Spur Question: Why?
Boehner Seeks Answers from President Obama on Syria
Clara Ritger /
Obama's Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable  —  Independent National Journal analysis finds premiums higher under Obamacare as employers weigh dropping coverage.  —  Republicans have long blamed President Obama's signature health care initiative for increasing insurance costs, dubbing it the “Unaffordable Care Act.”
Discussion: Power Line
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
States find new ways to resist health law  —  Several Republican-led states at the forefront of the campaign to undermine President Obama's health-care law have come up with new ways to try to thwart it, refusing to enforce consumer protections, for example, and restricting federally funded workers hired …
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.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Republicans absent from March on Washington
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Donald Rumsfeld to W.H.: Justify Syria attack  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the Obama administration has not yet justified an attack on Syria.  —  “There really hasn't been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect …
Discussion: Hot Air and Guardian
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
‘The Most Dangerous Negro’  —  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” so disturbed the American power structure that the F.B.I. started spying on him in what The Washington Post called “one of its biggest surveillance operations in history.”  The speech even moved the head …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama is talking America into a war  —  Barack Obama's foreign policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by “smart diplomacy” — is in a death grapple with reality.  His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity.  He has a glutton's, rather than a gourmet's …
Jessica Parks /
State: Montco same-sex marriage licenses meaningless  —  The Corbett administration said its lawsuit seeking to halt same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County “would have no direct effect” on the couples who have already received them.  —  In a brief Wednesday, state attorneys …
Daily Mail:
Trump University students ‘cheated’ after paying $35,000 to learn secrets of real estate business... and only getting a picture taken with a cardboard cut-out of the Donald  — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accused university of encouraging students to pay for expensive, useless seminars
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Readers on Syria: Stay Out  —  A different red line President Obama could draw.  —  We'll get back to our ongoing American Futures journey later today.  [Please check out the latest installment, this morning from Rapid City, SD.]  —  I'll confess that in our stopover in DC …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Hate-crime hoaxes and “counter-Trayvonism.”  —  Four “hateful text messages” appeared on the phone of a 16-year-old black student who was running for Student Council president at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. “We have NEVER and will NEVER have an (n-word) to lead our school …
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Zimmerman's Wife Pleads Guilty To Lying To Judge About Bond Funds  —  SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's wife has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest.  —  Shellie Zimmerman entered her guilty Wednesday in Seminole County court.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare for Everything  —  First health, then finance and now higher ed gets a federal fix.  —  Thousands of American higher-education administrators will spend part of Labor Day weekend trying to plumb the meaning of the ideas President Obama dropped on them last week to “reform” the American college and university system.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Betsy's Page
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 …
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
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Death Penalty for Rampage at Fort Hood
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Blake Neff / The Hill:
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David Dayen / Salon:
Wall Street's greatest enemy: The man who knows too much
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Leo Kelion / BBC:
Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
John Fund / National Review:
Obama Embraces the Imperial Presidency
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Left Needs Racism—III
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15 liberals who can't handle the truth about the Oberlin racism hoax
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Grace-Marie Turner / Forbes:
It's Fact, Not Anecdote, That ObamaCare Is Turning Us Into A Part-Time Nation
Discussion: Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Embracing misinformation on Obama