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10:40 AM ET, September 5, 2013


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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama struggles to convince Congress Syria isn't about him  —  President Obama is struggling to convince lawmakers, foreign leaders and the public that military action in Syria isn't about him.  —  Opponents of a military intervention in Syria say the president is trying to save face …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
War by euphemism  —  When she left the White House the other day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared with reporters her conversation with her five-year old grandson.  —  She recounted how he asked her whether she supported “war” in Syria.  Before telling the rest of the story …
Discussion: Hot Air
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Reports: G-20 seating chart altered
Discussion: Voice of America, BBC and Guardian
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House: Obama weighing Oval Office address on Syria
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Obama on use of US military might
Discussion: Associated Press and First Read
Darya Korsunskaya / Reuters:
Putin presses US Congress over Syria, says Kerry lied
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Robert Gates backs President Obama on Syria
Discussion: Bloomberg and Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Stakes in Congress  —  The divided 10-to-7 vote …
Discussion: CNN and
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West  —  The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.  —  The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers.  Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts.
Kerry portrait of Syria rebels at odds with intelligence reports  —  (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts …
THE TENSE MOMENT WHEN A GOP CONGRESSMAN CHALLENGED JOHN KERRY WITH BENGHAZI QUESTIONS DURING SYRIA HEARING  —  Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Scared Monkeys
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Right Questions on Syria
Discussion: CNN
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCaul ‘stunned’ at Kerry's estimate of jihadists among Syrian rebels
Discussion: Politico and CNN
The Fix:
The “no's” keep piling up on Syria resolution in the House  —  By Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan, Published: September 5 at 6:30 am  —  Congress took the first formal step toward approving military action in Syria on Wednesday, with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's 10-7 vote to send its resolution to the full chamber.
Obama's political capital spreads thin  —  President Barack Obama faced a heavy lift in Congress this fall when his agenda included only budget issues and immigration reform.  —  Now with Syria in the mix, the president appears ready to spend a lot of the political capital that he would have kept …
Politico:   Epic fall(s)  —  Grab a chair: Congress is about to get as fascinating …
Josh Kraushaar /
Obama Bets the House on Syria—and Is Losing
Discussion: The Week, NPR and
An Early Look at Premiums and Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces, 2014  —  With open enrollment in new insurance marketplaces set to begin Oct. 1, this analysis provides an early look at insurance premiums in 17 states and DC that have publicly released comprehensive data …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Prairie Weather
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Kaiser study finds ‘lower than expected’ ObamaCare premiums  —  A leading health policy research organization reported “lower than expected” premiums for ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges in a major study released Thursday.  —  The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation compiled premium data …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Major New Study On Obamacare Premiums Should End The ‘Rate Shock’ Hysteria Once And For All  —  The most comprehensive study on Obamacare to date finds that Americans' insurance premiums under the health law will be “lower than expected.”  Many Americans will pay even less than the top-line rates …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Buck Stops Here  —  Obama goes Galt.  —  “First of all, I didn't set a red line,” Barack Obama said today at a press conference in Stockholm.  “The world set a red line.  The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are …
Rush Limbaugh:
Obama: “I Didn't Set a Red Line”
Discussion: and Politico
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Why Do We Even Care About Syria's Chemical Weapons?  —  The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 Syrians have died since the country's civil war began in March 2011.  More die every day.  But the U.S. is not considering military action to save them.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
John Boehner May Save America After All  —  Cops Not Into Video of Daredevil Driving Really Fast Around Manhattan  —  John Boehner has sworn up and down that he is going to stay in his job as Speaker of the House past the 2014 elections.  Jonathan Ward thinks John Boehner is lying.
Boston Herald:
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey votes ‘present’ on key Syria resolution  —  U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey punted as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a compromise resolution designed to win support for President Obama's proposed strike on Syria by limiting the scope of any military action …
Discussion: Power Line
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Senate committee approves resolution authorizing U.S. strike on Syria
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Dismisses ‘Insufferable Racist’ Donald Trump on Leno  —  When Bill Maher wasn't humiliating Jay Leno to his face on last night's Tonight Show he was taking on his other favorite target: Donald Trump.  Leno asked Maher about their long standing feud and the Real Time host explained …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bobby Jindal / Washington Post:
Why Obama should drop U.S. suit opposing school choice  —  Bobby Jindal, a Republican, is governor of Louisiana.  —  While President Obama was publicly celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech last week, his administration took action behind the scenes …
The Atlantic Online:
The Women of the Afghanistan War  —  The present war in Afghanistan, now nearly 12 years old, has affected the lives of millions of women.  Many have been victimized; others have played the roles of soldiers, insurgents, politicians, caregivers, and much more.
Lauren Zakalik / KOAT Channel 7:
‘Obama’ commode sparks controversy in NM town  —  Outhouse sign says “Obama's Presidential Library”  —  Just a stone's-throw away from historic Route 66 in Tucumcari sits a sign that everyone's talking about.  —  The sign sits atop an outhouse and says “Obama's Presidential Library.”
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