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12:05 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.
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Meets Lawmakers to Press Case for Syria Strike  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, intensifying his push for Congressional approval of an attack on Syria on Tuesday, began meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders at the White House as members of his war council marched to Capitol Hill to make his case.
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
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Drawing a Line on Syria, U.S. Keeps Eye on Iran Policy
Discussion: emptywheel and Booman Tribune
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 and msnbc.com
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.
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.
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
Tennessean.com:
Kevin Kookogey says he's ‘unannounced candidate’ for Lamar Alexander's seat  —  Former Williamson County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Kookogey is calling himself an “unannounced candidate” for U.S. Senate, fueling speculation that Sen. Lamar Alexander is soon likely to get another primary challenger from the right.
Discussion: Ballot Box
 
 
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