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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers and NPR
Manu Raju / Politico:
Marco Rubio shifts direction on Syria
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Robert Taft Republicans Return
Discussion: American Spectator
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Backs Obama on Limited Syria Strikes
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Daniel Arkin / NBCNews:
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice says administration ‘quite confident’ Congress will OK Syria action
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Supports Obama On Taking Syria Intervention To Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell offers no support for military strike against Syria
Discussion: Hit & Run and Red Alert Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why many Republicans won't support Obama on Syria attack
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved
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.
Discussion: KTLA 5, Telegraph, Gawker and Jezebel
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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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Horowitz / Fox News:
GOP leaders should let Allah sort out Syria's Islamic civil war  —  Editor's note: The following commentary originally appeared on RedState.com.  —  As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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David Frum / CNN:
Four questions for backers of Syria mission
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
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
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
'They must be really bad if even Hitler wouldn't use them'  —  Richard Price is a political scientist at the University of British Columbia and author of “The Chemical Weapons Taboo.”  We spoke this afternoon about the history of the prohibition on chemical weapons, past efforts to punish violations …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Bill Burton / Reuters:
The progressive case for Syria action
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Smackdown: Governors Take The Battle Over Business Public  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) are in what may be the most heated spat between one governor trying to poach companies from the other governor's state.  —  In the last week of August …
Patrick J. Lyons / New York Times:
Ronald H. Coase, a Law Professor and Leading Economist, Dies at 102  —  Ronald H. Coase, whose insights about why companies work and when government regulation is unnecessary earned him a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1991, died on Monday in Chicago.  He was 102.
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 …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move  —  Nestle plans to sell more than 50 million chocolate bars featuring the Android mascot  —  Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.  —  The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 …
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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
 
 
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