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6:00 PM ET, September 3, 2013

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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:
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Still Hasn't Armed Syrian Rebels  —  In June, the White House authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to help arm moderate fighters battling the Assad regime, a signal to Syrian rebels that the cavalry was coming.  Three months later, they are still waiting.
Politico:
John Kerry to Democrats: ‘Munich moment’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
John Kerry Won't Rule Out Ground Troops In Syria
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Politico:
House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
The Boston Globe:
Obama pushes for approval of Syria military strike
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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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
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.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved  —  Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe via Getty Images  —  Nearly six in 10 Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose unilateral U.S. missile strikes against Syria, and even more oppose arming …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
CNN:
Happening now: Lawmakers grill Obama officials on Syria
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
Bill Burton / Reuters:
The progressive case for Syria action  —  I hate the notion that there are “norms” of war.  —  But the appalling, senseless use of chemical weapons to slaughter civilians must not be tolerated — not by Americans and not by the international community.  It was one of the great international …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Hannah Strange / Telegraph:
US general says Syria action could be ‘more substantial than thought’
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 …
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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David Frum / CNN:
Four questions for backers of Syria mission
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hot Air
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Syria a distraction from real U.S. challenges
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Pat Dollard, Mediaite and Power Line
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
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 …
 
 
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