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4:35 AM ET, September 2, 2013


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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 …
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
New York Times:
President Seeks to Rally Support for Syria Strike  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration began a full-press campaign on Sunday for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government.  —  The lobbying blitz stretched from Capitol Hill …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge and Gawker
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 …
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
The delayed attack on Syria is good for Britain - and the PM  —  By postponing military action, MPs did the right thing - and paid tribute to David Cameron  —  Well, that was quick, wasn't it?  Over in a flash, eh?  I mean Britain's period of global irrelevance — the humiliating epoch …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
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