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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The Senate's Syria hearing: Live updates  —  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is hearing testimony Tuesday about the potential use of military force in Syria.  Testifying are Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Kerry: Push to strike Syria is not about Obama's ‘red line’  —  The U.S. decision to take military action in Syria is not about President Obama's “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry told senators Tuesday.  —  He said that critics who are suggesting Obama …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Dem Congresswoman: ‘Only Reason’ I'd Vote to Strike Syria Would Be ‘Loyalty’ to Obama
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Happening now: Lawmakers grill Obama officials on Syria
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, Mediaite and ABC News
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backs President Barack Obama's move to urge Congress to back a targeted effort in Syria, in the first comments from her camp since the president unveiled his plan, POLITICO has learned.
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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The ‘Mysterious’ Disappearance of a Quotation Has a Mundane Explanation  —  Was a quote about a pro-Israel group mysteriously scrubbed from a New York Times story?  A number of online commenters, in blog posts and on Twitter, wrote Tuesday that a quote calling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee …
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 …
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Supports Obama On Taking Syria Intervention To Congress
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Opinion Runs Against Syrian Airstrikes  —  Few See U.S. Military Action Discouraging Chemical Weapons Use  —  President Obama faces an uphill battle in making the case for U.S. military action in Syria.  By a 48% to 29% margin, more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes …
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Robert Taft Republicans Return  —  Isolationism has never served the interests of America, or the GOP.  —  'We'll be lucky to get 80 Republicans out of 230.  " That's an astute GOP congressman's best guess for how his caucus now stands on the vote to authorize military force against Syria.
Discussion: American Spectator
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Where isolationism leads  —  The Syria debacle sheds light …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News and Daily Kos
Nick Marcelli / Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader:
LEADER CANTOR STATEMENT ON SYRIA AND REGIONAL CONFLICT  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today released the following statement on Syria and the regional conflict following his meeting with President Obama at the White House:
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David Horowitz / Fox News:
GOP leaders should let Allah sort out Syria's Islamic civil war  —  Editor's note: The following commentary originally appeared on RedState.com.  —  As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy.
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Frum / CNN:
Four questions for backers of Syria mission
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Bill Burton / Reuters:
The progressive case for Syria action
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell offers no support for military strike against Syria  —  In a stark contrast with GOP leaders in the House, McConnell voiced skepticism about a strike and said Obama needed to explain more to Congress and the public.  —  “While we are learning more about his plans …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Red Alert Politics
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John Fund / National Review:
President ‘Present’  —  Washington is abuzz with talk …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Miley Cyrus, Steubenville and teen culture run amok  —  Miley Cyrus twerked.  I had to look up the word since my indefatigable spell checker had no idea what I meant.  I discovered from Wikipedia that twerking “involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  September 3, 2013 - De Blasio Surges Past 40% In New York City Mayoral Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Quinn, Thompson Battle For Runoff Spot - If There Is One  —  With 47 percent of black voters and 44 percent of women voters, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio surges …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move  —  Nestle plans to sell more than 50 million chocolate bars featuring the Android mascot  —  Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.  —  The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 …
Discussion: The Verge and TechCrunch
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Smackdown: Governors Take The Battle Over Business Public  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) are in what may be the most heated spat between one governor trying to poach companies from the other governor's state.  —  In the last week of August …
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
What's Killing Poor White Women?  —  On the night of May 23, 2012, which turned out to be the last of her life, Crystal Wilson baby-sat her infant granddaughter, Kelly.  It was how she would have preferred to spend every night.  Crystal had joined Facebook the previous year …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Who Do Members of Congress Follow on Twitter?  —  Twitter has become such an integral medium for political communication that, according to our count, 97 percent of members of Congress now have an official Twitter presence.  But Twitter is a two-way street — you spread your message, and you listen to what others have to say.
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Pelosi Huddles with 5-Year-Old Grandson on Syria  —  Nancy Pelosi told reporters today she consulted her five-year-old grandson over the weekend about whether or not to support intervention in Syria.  —  The minority leader explained that when she was home this past weekend …
Discussion: Mediaite, Pat Dollard and Power Line
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Clinton's State told Benghazi was a ‘terrorist attack’ minutes after it began  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS HILLARY CLINTON SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS BENGHAZI TERRORISM  —  Just minutes after 35 jihadists crashed through the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, nearly one year ago …
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
NY CASE PUTS N-WORD USE AMONG BLACKS ON TRIAL … NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what.
David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
Southern Baptists order their military chaplains not to perform same sex marriages  —  The North American Mission Board, the domestic arm of the Southern Baptist Convention's mission outreach programs, has issued guidelines ordering the religion's military chaplains not to perform, attend or participate in same sex weddings in any way.
 
 
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