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9:50 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.
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” …
CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts September 1, 2013: Kerry, McCain, Kaine, and Chambliss  —  (CBS News) Below is a transcript of “Face the Nation” on September 1, 2013, hosted by CBS News' Major Garrett.  Guests include: Secretary of State John Kerry, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Tim Kaine, D-Va. …
Timothy Heritage / Reuters:
Analysis: Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Obama puts politics over morals in abdicating presidential authority in Syria
Washington Post:
Sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry says
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Obama's Syria strike decision aims to get Congress on the record
Discussion: Associated Press
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President on Syria
Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria  —  President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administration's case.
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
After classified briefing, lawmakers skeptical on Syria attack  —  Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the dean of the Senate, told reporters after a classified briefing Sunday on the situation in Syria, that the administration's request for U.S. military intervention would not pass the Congress as written because it is too broad.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate to rework Obama's Syria order  —  Members of the Senate plan to narrow President Obama's authorization request for military action in Syria, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday.  —  Leahy told reporters about the planned rewrite of the resolution after attending …
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.
Pioneering British broadcaster David Frost dies of a heart attack
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
David Frost, Interviewer Who Got Nixon to Apologize for Watergate, Dies at 74
David Frost, veteran British broadcaster, dies at 74
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: Booman Tribune, NPR and Eschaton
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
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.
Egypt's Morsi to stand trial on charges of ‘inciting killing and thuggery’  —  14 other Brotherhood members to also face charges of incitement to murder.  —  Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided on Sunday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
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,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Vodafone, Verizon Agree on $130 Billion Deal  —  An Announcement Over Deal—if Approved by Both Boards—Could Come Monday  —  Negotiators for Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC have agreed to a deal for the U.K. company's stake in their U.S. joint venture, people familiar with the matter said.
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Why Syria Isn't the Big Story This Week
Washington Post:
First Person: Jake Tapper, anchor of CNN's ‘The Lead With Jake Tapper’
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
Stork busted as suspected spy in Egypt
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Sam Baker / The Hill:
ObamaCare marketplaces to open for business in a month (video)
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Will the House Authorize a Syria Strike?
Discussion: and Power Line