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3:15 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, Politico and USA Today
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
George W. Bush Talks Syria on Fox: ‘I Was Not a Fan of Mr. Assad’  —  President George W. Bush appeared on Fox News Channel on Friday where he discussed his recovery from a recent heart surgery and his charitable works for veterans.  Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked Bush for his thoughts …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore a ‘Red Line’ That Became Blurred
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
After British Vote, Unusual Isolation for U.S. on Syria
Discussion: NPR
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   Syria and the ‘Lessons’ of Iraq
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Syria ‘objective is stalemate’
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama's Off-the-Cuff ‘Red Line’ Creates Syria Dilemma
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Set for Limited Strike on Syria as British Vote No
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
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
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.
Washington Post:
NSA paying U.S. companies for access to communications networks
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.
Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Gawker
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
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 …
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Global Warming Slowdown Data Sought in Leaked UN Climate Report  —  U.S. and European Union envoys are seeking more clarity from the United Nations on a slowdown in global warming that climate skeptics have cited as a reason not to “panic” about environmental changes, leaked documents show.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Unsaved World  —  The rupiah is falling!  Head for the hills!
Discussion: Paul Krugman
ABC News:
Kerry: Syrian Regime Planned for Chemical Attack
Discussion: CNN and Here & Now
Joncgabriel / FreedomWorks blogs:
An Open Letter on Obamacare
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives ready another try to unseat Lindsey Graham
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Labor Force Participation Hits 34-Year Low
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When good people use bad logic.
Stephen Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
How the Senate Exploits Unpaid Interns
Discussion: Althouse