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9:35 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.
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 …
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
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
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
New Snowden Leak Reports ‘Groundbreaking’ NSA Crypto-Cracking
Discussion: Techdirt and Lawfare
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
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.
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Mark Murray / NBCNews:
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.
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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M. Alex Johnson / NBCNews:
Federal judge orders VA to obey Supreme Court on same-sex benefits
Discussion: Hot Air and SCOTUSblog
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Barring Same-Sex Couples From Receiving Veterans' Benefits
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
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 …
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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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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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