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3:20 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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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.
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.
Politico:
House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria  —  The president hit on two concerns that lawmakers have expressed — the possibility of whether the United States would be dragged into the Syrian civil war and if there's a long-term military strategy.  —  “This is not Iraq …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
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 …
The Boston Globe:
Obama pushes for approval of Syria military strike
New York Times:
Debating the Case for Force
Hannah Strange / Telegraph:
US general says Syria action could be ‘more substantial than thought’
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell offers no support for military strike against Syria  —  In a stark contrast with GOP leaders in the House, McConnell voiced skepticism about a strike and said Obama needed to explain more to Congress and the public.  —  “While we are learning more about his plans …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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John Fund / National Review:
President ‘Present’  —  Washington is abuzz with talk …
KGET-TV:
McCarthy: “I have not made up my mind yet” on Syrian military strike
Discussion: Politico and Goppers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden postpones trip to Orlando
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Gary Langer / ABC News:   Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved
CNN:
Happening now: Lawmakers grill Obama officials on Syria
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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
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 …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Controller candidate Scott Stringer voted to let a pro-pedophilia group keep its tax break  —  Stringer said 1996 vote against yanking the tax-free status of the North American Man/Boy Love Association came amid fear that stripping groups of non-profit status would set a ‘dangerous precedent’
Discussion: National Review and Joe. My. God.
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.
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
WMUR:
Bradley rules out running for statewide office next year  —  Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley tells WMUR-TV that he will not run for statewide office in 2014, a significant blow to state Republicans who nearly took it for granted that Bradley would run for either governor or U.S. Senate next year.
 
 
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