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1:40 PM ET, August 29, 2013

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Associated Press:
AP SOURCES: INTELLIGENCE ON WEAPONS NO ‘SLAM DUNK’  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Chemical weapons a game-changer on U.S. public opinion on Syria
Discussion: Politico, NBCNews and Reuters
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Refused to Send Gas Masks to Syrian Opposition for Over a Year
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
President Obama: ‘I Have Not Made a Decision’ on Syria
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Latest developments on Syria
Discussion: Associated Press and Guardian
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  —  Hyon Song-wol, a well-known pop artist and longtime girlfriend of the dictator, was one of a dozen performers gunned after they were arrested for allegedly breaking pornography laws, according to a report.
Digital Chosunilbo:
Kim Jong-un's Ex-Girlfriend ‘Shot by Firing Squad’  —  Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.  —  Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin …
Discussion: AL.com and Business Insider
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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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
States find new ways to resist health law
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.
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 …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House announces new action on gun control
Discussion: CNN
Lara Seligman / The Hill:   Obama imposes new limits on guns through executive action
Douglas McIntire / Bangor Daily News:
Sabattus man says ‘shoot’ posting wasn't a threat against Obama, defends using racial slur  —  SABATTUS, Maine — David Marsters said Tuesday night that the wording of his Facebook post was a mistake, but he defended it, anyway.  —  “(The Secret Service) didn't see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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David Hench / Portland Press-Herald:
Local official rebuked for offensive Obama Web post
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Dubious Data Points For 2016  —  Taking advantage of a slow news week, Tom Edsall takes to the virtual pages of the New York Times' Opinionator blog today to assess Republican odds of regaining the White House in 2016, which is audacious since many news consumers groan about early discussions …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:   Democrats may dream of sixteen years of dominance, but on Nov. 8 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Republicans absent from March on Washington  —  Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence …
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Jessica Parks / Philly.com:
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 …
Chris Brennan / Philly.com:
First Term Troubles - Corbett's numbers continue to drop  —  PENNSYLVANIA governors typically encounter trouble in their first terms and the polls reflect that with dipping popularity.  —  It happened to Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, in the late 1990s.  —  It happened to Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, in the mid-2000s.
Reuters:
U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over wages … Atossa Araxia Abrahamian  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fast-food workers across the United States are expected to stage their largest strike to date on Thursday in an almost year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
HHS.gov:
HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act  —  Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and LGBTQ Nation
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 …
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 …
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
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
FBI arrests man accused of threatening to behead lawmaker  —  The FBI has arrested a man accused of threatening to decapitate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), federal officials announced on Thursday.  —  The FBI took custody of Aniruddha Sherbow on Wednesday after Mexican police in Tijuana arrested him on an outstanding federal warrant.
Timothy Heritage / Reuters:
Russia sends warships to Mediterranean as Syria tension rises  —  (Reuters) - Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria.
 
 
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