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12:20 PM 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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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Where isolationism leads  —  The Syria debacle sheds light on the thinking of both interventionists and isolationists.  The former are furious with President Obama for stalling, evading a burgeoning crisis and then coming up with half-measures coupled with a punt to Congress.
New York Times:
House Speaker Backs Obama's Call for Strike Against Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner said on Tuesday that he would “support the president's call to action” in Syria after meeting with President Obama, giving the president a crucial ally in the quest for votes in the House.
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 …
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 …
Aliyah Frumin / msnbc.com:
In Syria debate, little mention of rebels
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Moon of Alabama
Hannah Strange / Telegraph:
US general says Syria action could be ‘more substantial than thought’
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Obama Must Address Skeptics, Lawmakers About Syria
John Fund / National Review:
President ‘Present’  —  Washington is abuzz with talk about how much President Obama has damaged America's credibility with his indecisiveness on Syria.  It's become accepted fact that Obama's decision-making style resembles that of an academic convening an unruly seminar whose participants he largely disdains.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama
Discussion: Lawfare, National Review and msnbc.com
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Sam Dagher / Wall Street Journal:
Syria Prepares for U.S. Attack
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Drawing a Line on Syria, U.S. Keeps Eye on Iran Policy
Discussion: emptywheel and Booman Tribune
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Reuters:
Rodman returns to Pyongyang but says won't bring back jailed American
Discussion: Mediaite, ABC News, The Week and NPR
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.
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Buy Nokia's Devices Unit for $7.2 Billion
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.
William R. Polk / The Atlantic Online:
Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk  —  Many times I've mentioned the foreign-policy assessments of William R. Polk, at right, who first wrote for the Atlantic (about Iraq) during Dwight Eisenhower's administration, back in 1958, and served on the State Department's Policy Planning staff during the Kennedy years.
 
 
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