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10:55 AM ET, September 3, 2013

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why many Republicans won't support Obama on Syria attack  —  CONGRESS BARACK OBAMA REPUBLICAN PARTY SYRIA  —  Early signs say it will be hard for President Obama to win congressional authorization for military action in Syria.  That could change; lawmakers might re-write …
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Aliyah Frumin / msnbc.com:
In Syria debate, little mention of rebels  —  An image grab taken from a video shows an opposition fighter firing an rocket propelled grenade (RPG) on August 26, 2013 during clashes with regime forces over the strategic area of Khanasser, situated on the only road linking Aleppo to central Syria.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Moon of Alabama
Politico:
John Kerry to Democrats: ‘Munich moment’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a “Munich moment” in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.  —  In a 70-minute conference call on Monday afternoon …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Drawing a Line on Syria, U.S. Keeps Eye on Iran Policy
Discussion: emptywheel and Booman Tribune
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Vote on Syria Sets Up Foreign Policy Clash Between 2 Wings of G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The Congressional vote on whether to strike Syria will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party — the traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John McCain fears ‘535 commanders in chief’
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Post Politics
Ed Payne / CNN:   Obama administration presses for support on Syria strikes
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Will Congress Follow Its Leaders On Syria?  —  President Barack Obama and congressional leaders face a daunting task convincing skeptical lawmakers to back a war against Syria.  —  Obama's surprising announcement Saturday that he would go to Congress for a use-of-force authorization put top leaders …
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Obama Must Address Skeptics, Lawmakers About Syria
John Bresnahan / Politico:
New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama
Discussion: Lawfare and msnbc.com
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Jeffrey Bezos, Washington Post's next owner, aims for a new ‘golden era’ at the newspaper  —  Jeffrey P. Bezos, the next owner of The Washington Post, says he doesn't have all the answers for what's ailing the newspaper industry or for the financially challenged news organization he is preparing to buy.
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Washington Post:
Jeffrey Bezos, Washington Post's next owner, aims for a new ‘golden era’ at the newspaper
Microsoft:
Microsoft to acquire Nokia's devices & services business, license Nokia's patents and mapping services  —  Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially …
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Top-secret U.S. intelligence files show new levels of distrust of Pakistan  —  The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaeda, North Korea and Iran.  But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan.
Sam Dagher / Wall Street Journal:
Syria Prepares for U.S. Attack  —  The Assad regime prepared for a U.S. military attack on the capital, urging civilian evacuations, moving soldiers into vacant apartments and issuing new threats of retaliation.  —  DAMASCUS, Syria—The Assad regime prepared for a U.S. attack on the capital despite …
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Daily Mail:
Kerry's cosy dinner with Syria's ‘Hitler’: Secretary of State and the man he likened …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Assad: If The West Attacks, ‘Risk Of A Regional War Exists’
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Dennis Rodman Returns to North Korea to Visit Kim  —  HONG KONG — The former basketball star Dennis Rodman returned Tuesday to North Korea, where he plans “to see my friend” Kim Jong-un, the dictator whose country until recently was threatening to annihilate the United States with nuclear weapons.
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USA Today:
Dennis Rodman in North Korea to see Kim Jong Un
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Meacham / KOIN-TV:
Sweet Cakes closing shop amid same-sex rift  —  GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A bakery embroiled in controversy after an owner refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is closing up its Gresham storefront.  —  According to the “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” Facebook page …
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Father who beat to death man he caught raping his five-year-old daughter will NOT face charges because of Texas state laws on deadly force  — A young father who beat his daughter's rapist to death after walking in on the assault will not face charges according to the states grand jury
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
MC Anthony Weiner Parades West Indian Style, Sorta: “Anybody Here From Jamaica?”  —  Anthony Weiner may be lagging in the polls, but his West Indian Day Parade float — complete with dancehall-style DJ and Weiner (MC Carlos Danger?) himself on the mic — put his mayoral rivals' productions to shame Monday.
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Controller candidate Scott Stringer voted to let a pro-pedophilia group keep its tax break  —  Stringer said 1996 vote against yanking the tax-free status of the North American Man/Boy Love Association came amid fear that stripping groups of non-profit status would set a ‘dangerous precedent’
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: U.S. has ‘dozens’ of allies  —  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the U.S. would be bolstered with support from “dozens” of international allies if the United States makes military strikes against Syria.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rand Paul to campaign for Steve Lonegan  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit his sometime rival Chris Christie's home state of New Jersey next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, POLITICO has learned.  —  Paul, who sparred sharply with Christie this summer …
Discussion: CNN, Roll Call and First Read
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Last resort: When all else failed, Obama went to Congress  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL WHITE HOUSE CONGRESS BARACK OBAMA SYRIA  —  One factor that could complicate President Obama's effort to win congressional authorization for his plan to attack the Syrian regime is that …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Where isolationism leads  —  The Syria debacle sheds light …
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