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3:50 PM ET, August 30, 2013


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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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Washington Post:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks on Syria on Aug. 30  —  Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the following remarks Aug. 30 at the State Department on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.  —  KERRY: President Obama has spent many days …
Nancy Pelosi the hawk tells President 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.
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 …
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 …
Mark Murray / NBCNews:
NBC poll: Nearly 80 percent want congressional approval on Syria  —  Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using force in Syria, but the nation is divided over the scope of any potential strike, a new NBC News poll shows.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Kerry Outlines Evidence of Chemical Attack by Syria  —  Secretary of State John Kerry declared on Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens, as the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
George W. Bush Talks Syria on Fox: ‘I Was Not a Fan of Mr. Assad’
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   Syria and the ‘Lessons’ of Iraq
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
After British Vote, Unusual Isolation for U.S. on Syria
Discussion: NPR
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore a ‘Red Line’ That Became Blurred
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Syria ‘objective is stalemate’
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Reuters
David Barrett / Telegraph:
David Miranda was carrying password for secret files on piece of paper  —  A journalist's partner who was detained carrying thousands of British intelligence documents through Heathrow airport was also holding the password to an encrypted file written on a piece of paper, the government has disclosed.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House, Republican senators give up on budget talks  —  The Obama administration and a group of Republican senators abandoned efforts Thursday to hammer out a budget deal and avoid a showdown over the national debt, saying they had failed to resolve their long-standing dispute over taxes.
Ben Terris /
Pelosi: I Don't Want to Be Speaker Again  —  “No, that's not my thing.  I did that.”  —  D.C. is a wait-and-then-hurry-up kind of town.  After more than a month away, Congress returns to a full plate.  Legislators need to find a way—and quickly—to pass some kind of short-term budget and deal with the debt ceiling.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Allie Jones / The Atlantic Wire:
Alabama Republican Wants to Ban Toni Morrison's ‘The Bluest Eye’ from Schools  —  Bowing to Tea Party pressure, Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw said this week that he thinks The Bluest Eye, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's novel about a little black girl who wishes for blue eyes, should be banned in schools.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Liam Stack / The Lede:
Facebook Post Said to Be by Assad's Son Dares Americans to Attack  —  A Facebook post said to be written by the 11-year-old son of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and “liked” or commented on by several people who appear to be the children and grandchildren of other senior members …
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
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.
Washington Post:
NSA paying U.S. companies for access to communications networks
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
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly Admits He Made a ‘Mistake’ Saying No Republicans Invited to March on Washington  —  Hey, what do you know?  Bill O'Reilly actually kind of apologized for saying something that wasn't true on the air.  After one media outlet after another reported on the fact that Senator Tim Scott …
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
Leading Democrats, de Blasio Has Broad Support as Primary Nears  —  Frustration with New York City's unaffordability and its aggressive police tactics is elevating Bill de Blasio, once dismissed as a left-leaning long shot, into the lead of the Democratic mayoral primary field …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Unsaved World  —  The rupiah is falling!  Head for the hills!
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ABC News:
Kerry: Syrian Regime Planned for Chemical Attack
Discussion: CNN
Joncgabriel / FreedomWorks blogs:
An Open Letter on Obamacare
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Global Warming Slowdown Data Sought in Leaked UN Climate Report
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Teen employment hits record lows, suggesting lost generation
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet of Soil and Strife, Dies at 74
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives ready another try to unseat Lindsey Graham
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When good people use bad logic.
Stephen Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
How the Senate Exploits Unpaid Interns
Discussion: Althouse