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6:55 PM ET, September 2, 2013

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Anthony Bond / Daily Mail:
The image John Kerry WON'T want you to see: U.S. Secretary of State pictured dining with Assad and his wife at Damascus restaurant before war broke out in Syria  —  This astonishing photograph shows U.S Secretary of State John Kerry having a cosy and intimate dinner with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
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Daily Mail:
Kerry's cosy dinner with Syria's ‘Hitler’: Secretary of State and the man he likened to German dictator are pictured dining with their wives at Damascus restaurant before civil war broke out  —  An astonishing photograph of John Kerry having a cozy and intimate dinner with Bashar al-Assad …
ABC News:
Obama Meets With McCain in Bid for Syria Allies … Emerging from a White House meeting with President Obama on Monday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it would be “catastrophic” for Congress to reject the president's request to take military action against Syria's use of chemical weapons …
Elliott Abrams / Politico:
How not to run a foreign policy  —  In March 2011, President Obama committed the United States to action in Libya that involved roughly 100 cruise missile firings, 12 U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean, and 75 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft including B-2 bombers.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Assad is like Hitler: Kerry  —  Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday compared Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to “Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein” — as lab tests proved the sarin nerve agent was used to kill nearly 1,500 civilians.  —  “Bashar al-Assad now joins the list of Adolf Hitler …
Discussion: Spectator and Atlas Shrugs
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Rejects U.S. Evidence on Syrian Chemical Attack
Discussion: NBCNews and Washington Post
Yahoo! News:
Climate science alarming, irrefutable: Kerry
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and E2-Wire
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Kerry, Hagel will press Senate to back Obama on Syrian action
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.'s  —  For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls …
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Marines Website  —  A collection of pro-Syrian government hackers apparently defaced a Marine Corps recruitment website Monday.  —  The Syrian Electronic Army, which has hacked a series of websites, posted a letter on the Marines.com website arguing the Syrian government is “fighting a vile common enemy.”
Discussion: The Verge
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John Bacon / USA Today:
Pro-Syrian group hacks U.S. Marines website  —  Pro-Syrian government hackers defaced a Marine Corps recruitment website Monday, posting a letter on Marines.com arguing that the Syrian government is “fighting a vile common enemy.”  —  Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman for the Marine Corps …
Discussion: AL.com and The PJ Tatler
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Love for Labor Lost  —  It wasn't always about the hot dogs.  Originally, believe it or not, Labor Day actually had something to do with showing respect for labor.  —  Here's how it happened: In 1894 Pullman workers, facing wage cuts in the wake of a financial crisis, went on strike …
Discussion: Wonkblog, Taylor Marsh and Paul Krugman
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Labor Day  —  It's unfortunate that this year's Labor …
Warner Todd Huston / BREITBART.COM:
CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO  —  In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation's largest private sector unions.
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Obama To Meet With LGBT Activists While In Russia  —  After canceling a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin while there for the G20 summit, Obama may anger the Kremlin further by meeting with Russian activists — including from LGBT groups.  —  Jason Reed / Reuters
Discussion: AMERICAblog News, ABC News, The Hill and BBC
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Obama and Congress: ‘Rolling the dice’  —  The stakes of Syria vote couldn't be higher for President Barack Obama: If Congress doesn't back him up, his already troubled second term would be dealt another blow in the twin arenas of domestic and foreign politics.
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Skepticism Runs High On Capitol Hill After Classified Syria Briefing
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Rangel: 'Of course it's embarrassing'  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Monday said “of course it's embarrassing” that President Obama warned Syria of a red line for using chemical weapons but then didn't move forward immediately with a military strike.  —  Rangel, who opposes a military strike …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Labor union frustration boils over with president on ObamaCare  —  Unions are frustrated the Obama administration hasn't responded to their calls for changes to ObamaCare.  —  Labor has watched with growing annoyance as the White House has backed ObamaCare changes in response to concerns …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
CIA finds 1 in 5 flagged job applicants hail from Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda  —  An estimated one-fifth of a subset of all applicants for Central Intelligence Agency positions had significant ties to the terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda, a newly released document from the Edward Snowden collection revealed Monday.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence agencies spend millions to hunt for insider threats, document shows
 
 
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Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Texas Republican: Evidence that Assad used chemical weapons is ‘thin’
Discussion: Politico
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
It may be Labor Day weekend, but union power is waning
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CNN:
Diana Nyad completes historic Cuba-to-Florida swim
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Nancy Folbre / Economix:
Not Really Labor's Day  —  Nancy Folbre is professor emerita …
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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