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2:05 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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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.
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.
Michael O'Brien / NBCNews:
Boehner says he'll back Obama on Syria strikes  —  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria.  —  The top elected Republican in Washington, Boehner said following a meeting at the White House that he intended …
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 …
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.
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 …
Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner Backs Military Strikes Against Syria
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Debating the Case for Force
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden postpones trip to Orlando
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria
John Bresnahan / Politico:
New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Boehner Will Support Obama's Syria Plan — ‘This Is Something The Country Needs To Do’
Discussion: Telegraph and Joe. My. God.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
The Stakes on the Syria Vote  —  America's credibility as a guarantor of international order is on the line.  —  Barack Obama does not need congressional approval to launch a war.  Even under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which is of dubious constitutionality, the president …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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