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1:45 PM ET, August 30, 2013

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Politico:
Nancy Pelosi the hawk tells Barack 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.
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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 …
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: Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Mark Murray / First Read:
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.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore a ‘Red Line’ That Became Blurred  —  WASHINGTON — The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Syria ‘objective is stalemate’
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
George W. Bush Talks Syria on Fox: ‘I Was Not a Fan of Mr. Assad’
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Syria Poll Finds Little American Support For Air Strikes
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.
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Washington Post:
NSA paying U.S. companies for access to communications networks
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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Ben Terris / NationalJournal.com:
Pelosi: I Don't Want to Be Speaker Again
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Ryan stays out of 2016 spotlight
Discussion: The Run 2016
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 …
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M. Alex Johnson / NBCNews:
Federal judge orders VA to obey Supreme Court on same-sex benefits
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.
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sciencemag.org:
Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Gawker
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.
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.
Discussion: Althouse
John Eligon / New York Times:
New Neighbor's Agenda: White Power Takeover  —  LEITH, N.D. — The bearded man with thinning, gray-and-bleach-blond hair flapping down his neck first appeared in this tiny agricultural town last year, quietly and inconspicuously roaming the crackly dirt roads.
Discussion: The Week, Global Grind and Althouse
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 …
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 …
 
 
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