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3:35 AM ET, September 2, 2013

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Politico:
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.
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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 …
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. …
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Timothy Heritage / Reuters:
Analysis: Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20  —  (Reuters) - Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria at the last big meeting of world leaders, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama.
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
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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.
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Obama's Syria strike decision aims to get Congress on the record
NBCNews:
Pioneering British broadcaster David Frost dies of a heart attack  —  LONDON - British journalist David Frost, best known for interviewing former U.S. President Richard Nixon, died of a heart attack on Saturday at the age of 74, the BBC said on Sunday.  —  Frost is most famous …
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BBC:
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.
Reuters:
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Surprising Friend of Gay Rights in a High Place  —  The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus sang “Give 'Em Hope” for a revered and in some ways surprising guest who shared a California stage with them last month: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.  —  Justice Kennedy was in San Francisco …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas slams Egyptian plan to create buffer zone with Gaza  —  Egyptians protest after homes demolished to create buffer zone; Hamas official says Egyptian move could “solidify the blockade.”  —  The Hamas government said Sunday it was “surprised” to hear that Egypt is planning to create …
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.
 
 
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