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10:15 PM ET, August 30, 2013

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The White House:
Government Assessment of the Syrian Government's Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013  —  The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013.  We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack.
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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 …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Still Undecided, Obama Favors ‘Limited, Narrow’ Act in Syria … President Obama today said he has “not made any decisions” on whether to launch a military strike on Syria, but sought to assure the American public and the international community that if he does, it will be a “limited, narrow act.”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Unclassified Syria briefing exposes rifts among key lawmakers
Politico:
Nancy Pelosi the hawk tells President Obama to act on Syria
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Pelosi urges military response to Syria
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Syria and the ‘Lessons’ of Iraq
Discussion: The Dish
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore a ‘Red Line’ That Became Blurred
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Liz Cheney: ‘I am not pro-gay marriage’  —  Wyoming Senate hopeful Liz Cheney said bluntly on Friday that she is “not pro-gay marriage.”  —  Cheney, who is mounting a Republican primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), made the remark in a statement, which is posted on her website.
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Campaign Cheney / Cheney for Wyoming:
Liz Cheney Calls On Enzi To Denounce Dishonest “Poll”
Discussion: Ballot Box and First Read
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Liz Cheney says gay marriage should be decided by the states
Discussion: Advocate and Post Politics
CNN:   Liz Cheney: ‘I am not pro-gay marriage’
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.
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Court rules White House visitor logs can remain secret
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
White House peeved at Pentagon leaks  —  Many of the leaks about U.S. strike plans for Syria, a copious flow of surprisingly specific information on ship dispositions and possible targets, have been authorized as a way for President Obama to signal the limited scope of operations to friends and foes.
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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
ABC News:
Obama Says He's Considering ‘Narrow’ Syria Action
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
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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Telegraph:
Miliband was governed by narrow political interests - not those of Syrian children.  I have left the Labour Party  —  Whatever your view of last night's defeat for the Government over Syria - for what it's worth mine is it was a catastrophe for the cause of progressive interventionism …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
After British Vote, Unusual Isolation for U.S. on Syria
Discussion: BizzyBlog and NPR
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in
Discussion: Politico
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ginsburg will be first justice to officiate same-sex wedding  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday when she officiates at the Washington wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Standing Together for Greater Transparency  —  General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft  —  To followers of technology issues, there are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart.  But today our two companies stand together.
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
Macgill / bricoleur:
Some News and Thanks  —  I will soon pass the Twitter General Counsel torch to Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya).  Vijaya has been managing Twitter's corporate and international legal work, and I've gotten to know her well over the last fourteen years.  I couldn't be happier with her appointment as General Counsel of Twitter.
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
Bill Miller / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ted Nugent's wife forgot her gun was in her bag at DFW Airport, lawyer says  —  FORT WORTH — The wife of rock guitarist Ted Nugent was “embarrassed” and apologetic after being arrested Thursday for carrying a handgun into a terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, her lawyer said.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Unsaved World  —  The rupiah is falling!  Head for the hills!  On second thought, keep calm and carry on.  —  In case you're wondering, the rupiah is the national currency of Indonesia, and, like many other emerging-market currencies, it has fallen a lot over the past few months.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
 
 
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