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9:25 PM ET, August 29, 2013

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New York Times:
Obama Willing to Pursue Solo Syria Strikes, Aides Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said on Thursday, even with a rejection of such action by Britain's Parliament, an increasingly restive Congress …
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Jim VandeHei / Politico:
The ironic war plan  —  Imagine Dick Cheney in a “Saturday Night Live” skit fantasizing about Barack Obama handling the pressures of going to war.  —  Cheney's sitting there, yucking it up with Rummy and the boys, eating yellow cake.  He laughs off his own reckless rush to an unwinnable war fought on flawed grounds.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
British parliament rejects military strike against Syria  —  British lawmakers on Thursday delivered a stunning rejection of Prime Minister David Cameron's bid to punish the government of Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons, citing skepticism over the misinformation used …
CNN:
British leader loses vote on Syria response  —  (CNN) — [Breaking news alert, 5:52 p.m. ET]  —  British Prime Minister David Cameron was dealt a blow Thursday in his push for a strong response, including possible military action, against Syria after the House of Commons voted down the measure.
Associated Press:
UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote  —  LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat for a government which had been poised to join the U.S. in strikes to punish Bashar Assad's regime …
BBC:
David Cameron loses Commons vote on Syria action  —  British MPs have voted to reject possible military action against the Assad regime in Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons.  —  A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals join conservatives in demanding Obama get Congress OK for Syria action
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Washington Post:
U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary  —  U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats …
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Washington Post:
To hunt Osama bin Laden, satellites watched over Abbottabad, Pakistan, and Navy SEALs
Washington Post:
U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary
Discussion: msnbc.com and NPR
Washington Post:
Inside the 2013 U.S. intelligence ‘black budget’
Discussion: FP Passport and Business Insider
Allison Benedikt / Slate:
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person  —  A manifesto.  —  You are a bad person if you send your children to private school.  Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation's-most- essential-institutions-in-order-to-get- what's-best-for-your-kid bad.
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Please, sending your kids to private school doesn't make you a bad person
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes  —  Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
No federal challenge to pot legalization in 2 states
Discussion: AL.com
Blake Neff / The Hill:
Justice Department eases rules on marijuana enforcement
Discussion: Politico and The Democratic Daily
Telegraph:
Kim Jong-un's ex-lover ‘executed by firing squad’  —  Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days go, according to South Korean reports.  —  Hyon Song-wol, a singer and rumoured to be a former lover of the North Korean leader …
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Joe Kemp / NY Daily News:
Ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed by firing squad: report
Clara Ritger / NationalJournal.com:
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.”
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
This Is What Obamacare Outreach Looks Like (VIDEOS)
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
No widespread premium increases coming under ObamaCare, study says
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NPR
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Senator Tim Scott Turned Down Invitation to 50th Anniversary of MLK Speech  —  One of the controversies surrounding the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's “I Have A Dream” speech has been the absence of Republicans at the event, despite many of them having been invited.
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
OBAMA OFFERS NEW GUN CONTROL STEPS  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama offers new gun control steps  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Cory Booker's Imaginary Friend  —  Go back and listen to Cory Booker's stump speeches over the years, and, as in those of any politician, you'll hear many of the same stories.  But Booker's are more dramatic and heart-rending than most.  They draw heavily on his experiences in Newark, N.J. …
Rush Limbaugh:
Minimum Wage: How Much is Too Much?  —  RUSH: Let's go to San Diego.  We'll start with Sean.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hello, sir.  —  CALLER: (Unintelligible) tell (unintelligible)  —  RUSH: Shh.  Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh.  Hang on, folks.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Stan Solomon: Trayvon Martin Deserved To Die And So Does ‘That Faggot’ Dan Savage  —  Conservative talk show host Stan Solomon is obsessed with the idea that President Obama is fomenting a race war in order to murder white, Christian heterosexuals, so when we noticed he was hosting a special …
Investigations / NBCNews:
Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say  —  Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources.  —  “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case.
 
 
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