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6:00 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.
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 New York Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Still Undecided, Obama Favors ‘Limited, Narrow’ Act in Syria
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
After British Vote, Unusual Isolation for U.S. on Syria
Discussion: BizzyBlog and NPR
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore a ‘Red Line’ That Became Blurred
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.
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Court rules White House visitor logs can remain secret
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Pelosi urges military response to Syria
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.
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Liz Cheney says gay marriage should be decided by the states
Discussion: Post Politics and Advocate
Campaign Cheney / Cheney for Wyoming:
Liz Cheney Calls On Enzi To Denounce Dishonest “Poll”
Discussion: Ballot Box and First Read
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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