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11:20 AM ET, August 30, 2013

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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Set for Limited Strike on Syria as British Vote No  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday, despite a stinging rejection of such action on Thursday by America's stalwart ally Britain and mounting questions from Congress.
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria  —  The Obama administration's plan to launch a military strike against Syria is being received with serious reservations by many in the U.S. military, which is coping with the scars of two lengthy wars …
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC poll: Americans skeptical of U.S. intervention in Syria  —  Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence  —  Today, the Obama administration announced two new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.
Politico:
Nancy Pelosi the hawk tells Barack Obama to act on Syria  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed top administration officials Thursday night to take military action to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad in response to reports that he used chemical weapons in his nation's ongoing civil war.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in  —  (CNN) - Two of President Barack Obama's White House predecessors offered their views of his impending decision on Syria Friday as global support for strikes in the country faltered.  —  Former President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Sources: U.S. may go it alone on Syria  —  Is the use of chemicals a “red line”?  Should the West intervene?  Send us your views  —  (CNN) — The Obama administration will release declassified intelligence Friday backing up a government assessment that the Syrian regime was responsible …
Discussion: Business Insider and KDVR.com
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Unclassified Syria briefing exposes rifts among key lawmakers  —  Thursday night's briefing by top Obama administration officials exposed divisions among key lawmakers on what to do in Syria.  —  Lawmakers on the unclassified conference call said the officials made it clear that President Obama …
Politico:
The lonely president  —  President Barack Obama had hoped for a quick …
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Syria Poll Finds Little American Support For Air Strikes
Dylan Byers / Politico:
After Iraq, media skepticism on Syria
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Reuters and Guardian
Jim VandeHei / Politico:
The ironic war plan
IC ON THE RECORD:
DNI Clapper Directs Annual Release of Information Related to Orders Issued to Telecom Providers Under National Security Authorities  —  August 29, 2013  —  In June, President Obama directed the Intelligence Community (IC) to declassify and make public as much information as possible …
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Washington Post:
Inside the 2013 U.S. intelligence ‘black budget’
Washington Post:
U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary
Discussion: msnbc.com and NPR
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Poverty Has Same Effect On The Brain As Constantly Pulling All Nighters  —  The mental strain of living in poverty and thinking constantly about tight finances can drop a person's IQ by as much as 13 percent, or about the equivalent of losing a night of sleep, according to a new study.
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sciencemag.org:
Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
Discussion: Washington Post, Gawker and NPR
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Barring Same-Sex Couples From Receiving Veterans' Benefits  —  “Title 38 is unconstitutional under rational basis scrutiny.”  —  Tracey and Maggie Cooper-Harris.  —  Courtesy Kathleen Perrin  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in California on Thursday found that …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Blade
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M. Alex Johnson / NBCNews:
Federal judge orders VA to obey Supreme Court on same-sex benefits
Discussion: Hot Air and SCOTUSblog
Stephen Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
How the Senate Exploits Unpaid Interns  —  Barely a third of U.S. senators pay their interns — and embarrassingly for Democrats, a party focused on workplace welfare, most of them are Republicans.  —  If you walk into any of the 100 Senate offices spread across Capitol Hill, there is one consistent element.
Discussion: Althouse
Facebook:
Proposed Updates to our Governing Documents  —  We are proposing updates to two important legal documents - our Data Use Policy and our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.  These two documents tell you about how we collect and use data, and the rules that apply when you choose to use Facebook.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives ready another try to unseat Lindsey Graham  —  SOUTH CAROLINA 2014 ELECTIONS LINDSEY GRAHAM  —  ANDERSON, S.C. — On a Monday night in late August, Sen. Lindsey Graham was traveling with a congressional delegation in Africa when the three Republicans who are challenging …
Washington Post:
What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race  —  Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner are Ronald Reagan historians.  —  One cold evening in Dixon, Ill., in the early 1930s, a young man known as Dutch Reagan brought home two African American teammates from his Eureka College football team.
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Invest in Foursquare  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and American Express Co. (AXP) are vying to take an equity stake in Foursquare Labs Inc., according to people with knowledge of the discussions.  —  The two companies are competing to invest in Foursquare rather …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Obama administration will not block state marijuana laws, if distribution is regulated  —  The Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as long as those states maintain strict rules involving the sale and distribution of the drug.
 
 
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John Eligon / New York Times:
New Neighbor's Agenda: White Power Takeover
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Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Ryan stays out of 2016 spotlight
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Labor Force Participation Hits 34-Year Low
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When good people use bad logic.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Syria crisis: No to war, blow to Cameron
Discussion: Daily Mail, Guardian and Power Line
Army Court-Martial Defense Specialist / The Law Office …:
Chelsea Update
Discussion: Equality Matters and Guardian
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes