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12:30 PM ET, September 1, 2013

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Mark Landler / New York Times:
President Pulls Lawmakers Into Box He Made  —  WASHINGTON — More than once, President Obama has confided to aides that he regards Syria as one of those hellish problems every president faces, where the risks are endless, the choices are all bad, and the pressure to do something is unrelenting.
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Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President on Syria  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.  Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case …
Washington Post:
Sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry says  —  Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday that fresh laboratory tests show that Sarin nerve gas was used in an Aug. 21 attack in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people, the first time that U.S. officials have pinpointed what kind of chemical weapon was used.
Wall Street Journal:
At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval  —  Change in president's thinking confounded White House insiders  —  After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama puts politics over morals in abdicating presidential authority in Syria  —  As the scheduled time for President Obama's address on Syria came and went yesterday, reporters in the Rose Garden could see him through the Oval Office windows, talking on the telephone.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Kerry: Sarin used in Syria  —  (CNN) - Blood and hair samples from eastern Damascus, Syria, have “tested positive for signatures of sarin” gas, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, arguing that with “each day that goes by, this case is even stronger.”  —  Kerry said on CNN's …
Associated Press:
Syria State-Run Newspaper: Obama Move ‘The Start Of The Historic American Retreat’  —  Syria state-run daily says Obama decision to seek congressional approval start of US ‘retreat’  —  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper on Sunday called President Barack Obama's decision …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and PoliticusUSA
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Obama's Syria strike decision aims to get Congress on the record
Discussion: Associated Press
Jim Watson / NPR:
Transcript: President Obama Turns To Congress On Syria
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and AL.com
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Tripping on His Own Red Line?
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria
NBCNews:
Obama will seek congressional approval before any military action against Syria
Discussion: Hot Air, Associated Press and msnbc.com
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Kerry to appear on all five Sunday shows
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
Fox News:
President Obama turns to Congress to OK strike against Syria
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vox Popoli
BBC:
Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74  —  Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship.  —  A family statement said he had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night.
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Mike Allen / Politico:
WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER!  — OBAMA AIDE, ON SEEKING CONGRESSIONAL VOTE: 'We don't want them to have their cake and eat it, too' - JOSH DUBOIS wedding — DEE DEE MYERS, STEVE HILDEBRAND b'day  —  THE 1 PARAGRAPH TO READ: President Obama will probably win congressional approval for a Syrian strike.
CNN:
David Frost, veteran British broadcaster, dies at 74
Brian Stelter / New York Times:   David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74
The Presidency:
Former President Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital  —  Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment.  We would like to wish him all the best as he continues his recovery at his Johannesburg home.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian, NBCNews and NPR
Marco Giannangeli / Daily Express:
Senior Syrian military chiefs tell captain: fire chemicals or be shot  —  BRITISH intelligence chiefs have intercepted radio messages in which senior Syrian military chiefs are heard ordering the use of chemical weapons.  —  Prepared: UN inspectors in gas masks at work in eastern Damascus
Discussion: emptywheel and Israel Matzav
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
After Syria statement, Obama golfs  —  Right after shipping responsibility for authorizing an attack on Syria, President Barack Obama returned to his comfort zone: The golf course.  —  Obama's motorcade left the White House at 2:30 p.m., about 30 minutes after completing his statement.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Stays Quiet On Syria  —  The former Secretary of State, who once pushed to aid and arm the Syrian rebels, has yet to weigh in on Obama's plan for military intervention.  A “lasting regret.”  —  Matt Rourke, File / AP  —  When the White House debated this week …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
ObamaCare marketplaces to open for business in a month (video)  —  ObamaCare's grand opening is just a month away.  —  The law's new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, and supporters are ramping up a major education and outreach campaign as the date draws nearer.
 
 
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