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4:25 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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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:
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
CNN:
Happening now: Lawmakers grill Obama officials on Syria  —  Check back here for the latest updates in our live blog of the Senate hearing  —  (CNN) - Top Obama administration officials face tough questions Tuesday as they make their case for a military strike in Syria in their first public congressional hearing on the issue.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Kerry: Push to strike Syria is not about Obama's ‘red line’
The Boston Globe:
Obama pushes for approval of Syria military strike
New York Times:
Debating the Case for Force
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
On Syria, Obama can't take liberals and Dems for granted  —  The White House may be working hard to win the backing of hawkish Senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham for Obama's plan to hit Syria, but that may come at a price: It could cost the support of many Congressional Democrats …
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Politico:
House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
Hannah Strange / Telegraph:
US general says Syria action could be ‘more substantial than thought’
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell offers no support for military strike against Syria
Discussion: Hit & Run
KGET-TV:
McCarthy: “I have not made up my mind yet” on Syrian military strike
Discussion: Politico and Goppers
Pete Kasperowicz / Hillicon Valley:
Democrat asks constituents for Syria input via email, Twitter, Facebook
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
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Talking Points Memo:
Cantor Backs Syria Action
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Syria a distraction from real U.S. challenges
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: CBS Detroit and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Pelosi Huddles with 5-Year-Old Grandson on Syria
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Unannounced Israel-U.S. missile test fuels jitters over Syria
Discussion: Wired and Jihad Watch
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
The Stakes on the Syria Vote
Discussion: Power Line
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Discussion: National Review and Joe. My. God.
William R. Polk / The Atlantic Online:
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