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8:55 AM ET, September 4, 2013

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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
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.
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Senate's Syria Resolution Sets Time Limits, Won't Authorize Ground Troops (Updated)  —  Updated 9:10 p.m. |  Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders have reached an agreement on the language for the resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria for up to 90 days — but with no “boots on the ground.”
Washington Post:
The GOP should support Obama on Syria
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Roger Cohen / New York Times:   Red Lines Matter
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Kerry: Push to strike Syria is not about Obama's ‘red line’
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
John Kerry Won't Rule Out Ground Troops In Syria
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Althouse
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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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
How a Congressional Authorization Could Escalate U.S. Intervention in Syria  —  Obama will need the support of Republican hawks to get a Syria measure passed, and they're already calling for a bigger intervention than punitive strikes.  —  When the Congress of the United States of America authorizes …
Discussion: Hot Air and Firedoglake
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: Politico and CNN
Bill Burton / Reuters:
The progressive case for Syria action
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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:
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging in his cell  —  Kidnapped teens found decade later  —  (CNN) — Ariel Castro who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping, raping and holding captive three women was found hanging in his prison cell, authorities said told CNN affiliate WOIO.
Fox News:
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging in cell
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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Washington Post:
Most in U.S. oppose Syria strike, Post-ABC poll finds
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.
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 …
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
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
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
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The ‘Mysterious’ Disappearance of a Quotation Has a Mundane Explanation  —  Was a quote about a pro-Israel group mysteriously scrubbed from a New York Times story?  A number of online commenters, in blog posts and on Twitter, wrote Tuesday that a quote calling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee …
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 …
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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