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8:55 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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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 …
BBC:
MPs' vote halts UK action over Syria  —  MPs have rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons.  —  David Cameron said he would respect the defeat of a government motion by 285-272, ruling out joining US-led strikes.
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 …
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 …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Syria crisis: No to war, blow to Cameron
Discussion: Daily Mail, Guardian and Power Line
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals join conservatives in demanding Obama get Congress OK for Syria action
Discussion: Politico and NPR
GOV.UK:
Chemical weapon use by Syrian regime: UK government legal position
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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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat (Video)  —  The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal.  —  A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor …
Washington Post:
Inside the 2013 U.S. intelligence ‘black budget’
Discussion: FP Passport and Business Insider
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When good people use bad logic.  —  Slate.com, you're obviously trying to bait us with the headline of that Allison Benedikt post: “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.”  Well, good job.  You succeeded.  —  The attention-grabbing “bad person” formulation is presumably facetious …
Discussion: National Review
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Allison Benedikt / Slate:
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person
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.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
After Iraq, media skepticism on Syria
Discussion: Reuters, BuzzFeed and Guardian
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) …
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.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Senator Tim Scott Turned Down Invitation to 50th Anniversary of MLK Event  —  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.
Discussion: Joe. My. God., theGrio and PoliticusUSA
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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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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: Los Angeles Times, PoliticusUSA and CNN
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.
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 …
syriaonline.sy:
President al-Assad: Syria will never become a western puppet state, we will fight terrorism and freely build relationships that best serve the interests of the Syrians  —  President Bashar al-Assad stressed that Syria is a sovereign country that will fight terrorism and will freely build relationships …
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
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.
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Ryan stays out of 2016 spotlight  —  Unlike some of his colleagues in Congress, Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't appear to be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid.  —  To many on the right, the Wisconsin Republican is a promising candidate for 2016 after running alongside Mitt Romney on the GOP presidential ticket last year.
Discussion: The Run 2016
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare  —  Congress begged for a White House handout and got one.  Republicans ought to reject it.  —  Republicans are busy debating what gives them the most “leverage” in their fight to get rid of ObamaCare.  One powerful tool, it happens, is an issue that few of them so far have wanted to talk about.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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