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2:50 PM ET, September 1, 2013


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Yahoo! News:
Obama's history-defying decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria  —  President Barack Obama, according to background briefings by his aides, reached a fateful decision late Friday afternoon as he strolled along the White House lawn with his chief of staff Denis McDonough.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Kerry Casts Obama's Syria Decision as ‘Courageous’  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry, delivering a full-throated defense on Sunday of President Obama's plan to delay military action against Syria, called the move to seek Congressional approval a “courageous decision” …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry says
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Obama puts politics over morals in abdicating presidential authority in Syria
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President on Syria
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Obama's Syria strike decision aims to get Congress on the record
Discussion: Associated Press
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Tripping on His Own Red Line?
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Obama sends Syria resolution to Hill
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.
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
David Frost, veteran British broadcaster, dies at 74
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bush aide makes Mandela mistake  —  Former President George H.W. Bush's office mistakenly announced the death of Nelson Mandela on Sunday morning, with a condolences statement about the South African leader.  —  “STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH 41 ON THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA,” …
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner stages a ‘meat’ and greet in Bronx deli  —  The Democratic mayoral hopeful holds a big Italian sausage and poses with the owner of the Arthur Ave. business  —  Anthony Weiner is all smiles after getting “The Big Salami” from David Greco (r.), owner of Mike's Deli and Arthur Avenue Trattoria.
Fukushima radiation levels ‘18 times higher’ than thought  —  Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned.  —  Last week the plant's operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground.
Discussion: 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: Israel Matzav and emptywheel
Washington Post:
First Person: Jake Tapper, anchor of CNN's ‘The Lead With Jake Tapper’  —  Most interviews that I do are not super aggressive.  They can't be, and they shouldn't be; that would get pretty tiresome.  So when there's an interview that's tough or a question that's tough, it's something that raises eyebrows.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
Stork busted as suspected spy in Egypt  —  Egyptian authorities have detained a stork that a citizen suspected of being a spy because it carried a suspicious electronic device, which is most likely a wildlife tracker.  —  A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit