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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The Senate's Syria hearing: Live updates  —  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is hearing testimony Tuesday about the potential use of military force in Syria.  Testifying are Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
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Politico:
Senators craft Syria compromise  —  A new use-of-force resolution for Syria sets a 60-day deadline, with one 30-day extension possible, for President Barack Obama to launch military strikes against the regime of Syria President Bashar Assad — and it will also bar the involvement of U.S. ground forces in Syria.
Discussion: NPR and Weasel Zippers
Talking Points Memo:
READ: Text Of Senate Resolution To Approve Strike On Syria  —  The Senate Foreign Relations Commitee has completed the initial text of the authorization for use of military force in Syria, as negotiated by the top Democrat and Republican on the panel.  —  Read the full resolution below …
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backs President Barack Obama's move to urge Congress to back a targeted effort in Syria, in the first comments from her camp since the president unveiled his plan, POLITICO has learned.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio: We Wouldn't Be At This Stage With Syria ‘If I Had Been In Charge’ (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Tuesday that he's “very skeptical” that the proposed airstrike on Syria will deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons in the future, while arguing that he'd have handled …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Manu Raju / Politico:
Marco Rubio shifts direction on Syria  —  For much of the last two years, Marco Rubio has been banging the drum on Syria: Demanding U.S. intervention to knock the Assad regime from power.  —  Now, the senator has taken a different tack: The administration has missed the boat.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
How a Congressional Authorization Could Escalate U.S. Intervention in Syria
Discussion: American Prospect and Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rice: White House has ‘no expectation’ of losing Syria vote
Discussion: The Hill and Instapundit
Ben Rhodes / USA Today:
White House: Military action fits broader strategy
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Backs Obama on Limited Syria Strikes
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
No good options for President Obama, Congress on conflict engulfing Syria  —  President Obama and Congress face no good options when it comes to taking action in Syria.  —  The case for launching a strike is that the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons should be punished …
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:   Red Lines Matter
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Opinion Runs Against Syrian Airstrikes
Washington Post:
Most in U.S. oppose Syria strike, Post-ABC poll finds
WOIO-TV:
Ariel Castro: Convicted Cleveland kidnapper/rapist found dead in cell  —  52-year-old convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell Tuesday.  —  Castro was being held at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, OH in Pickaway County.
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CNN:
Ariel Castro a suicide  —  (CNN) — Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder, was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday night, the state's Department of Corrections said.  —  The cause of death was hanging with a bed sheet …
Fox News:
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging in cell
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
AP Interview: Putin Warns West On Syria Action  —  NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia “doesn't exclude” supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people.
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:   President seeks allies in Europe
jhnewsandguide.com:
Cheney knocks Obama, papers  —  150 in Tea Party crowd hear candidate call for a ‘rebirth of freedom.’  —  Liz Cheney would not vote to attack Syria if she were in the U.S. Senate.  —  Speaking to an enthralled crowd of 150 Jackson Hole Tea Party members Tuesday night in her first public appearance …
Barbara Ross / NY Daily News:
Bloomberg sues City Council to overturn law targeting stop-and-frisk profiling  —  Mayor Bloomberg kept his promise: He filed a lawsuit against City Council to overturn one of the two laws passed last month to curtail the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk program.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
John Kerry, just thinking out loud: I can't rule out boots on the ground if Syria implodes  —  By “implodes,” he means a situation where Assad loses control of his WMD and we need to go in and grab them before some fanatic native outfit grabs them first.  Which is funny because, right offhand …
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
John Kerry Won't Rule Out Ground Troops In Syria
Washington Post:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Kerry, Hagel and Dempsey testify at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria  —  So I know today's focus is going to be largely on the issue of chemical warfare.  And I know that the case has to be made.  And I know that each of us have had the opportunity to hear that case …
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
65 Years Later, a Memorial Gives Names to Crash Victims  —  FRESNO, Calif. — A fiery plane crash here decades ago that killed 32 people, most of them unidentified Mexican farmworkers, inspired a protest song by Woody Guthrie that has been performed by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, among others.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Another Set of Questions About Syria  —  A few minutes ago I posted the six-step pattern of pro-escalation rhetoric that Eric Martin laid out two years ago.  That followed William Polk's lengthy and important 13-question examination of a strike on Syria.  —  Now on the Foreign Policy site …
Discussion: The Dish
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Arm and Shame  —  The Obama team has clearly struggled with its Syria policy, but, in fairness, this is a wickedly complex problem.  We need a policy response that simultaneously deters another Syrian poison gas attack, doesn't embroil America in the Syrian civil war and also doesn't lead …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Clinton's State told Benghazi was a ‘terrorist attack’ minutes after it began  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS HILLARY CLINTON SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS BENGHAZI TERRORISM  —  Just minutes after 35 jihadists crashed through the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, nearly one year ago …
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
How Fragile Is the New Democratic Coalition?  —  Last December, Jennifer Duffy, an election analyst at the Cook Political Report, came up with a particularly tantalizing set of data points, the kind that demand further exploration.  —  In 1988, the Democratic presidential nominee …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
The GOP should support Obama on Syria  —  Mike Pompeo is a Republican representative from Kansas and a member of the House Intelligence Committee.  Tom Cotton is a Republican representative from Arkansas and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  —  President Obama has asked Congress …
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
 
 
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