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6:45 PM ET, September 3, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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
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: ABC News, CNN, Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
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.
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.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Kerry: Push to strike Syria is not about Obama's ‘red line’  —  The U.S. decision to take military action in Syria is not about President Obama's “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry told senators Tuesday.  —  He said that critics who are suggesting Obama …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Politico:
John Kerry to Democrats: ‘Munich moment’
CNN:
Happening now: Lawmakers grill Obama officials on Syria
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria
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
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and MJ Rosenberg
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.
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Bill Burton / Reuters:
The progressive case for Syria action
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
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.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pro-Israel group backs military strike on Syria  —  The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has swung its considerable political influence behind President Obama's call on Congress to back military strikes against Syria.  —  AIPAC, one of Washington's most prominent pro-Israel groups …
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
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.
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: Mediaite, Pat Dollard and Power Line
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
NY CASE PUTS N-WORD USE AMONG BLACKS ON TRIAL … NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what.
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.
 
 
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