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9:05 PM ET, September 4, 2013

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Fox News:
McCain opposes Syria strike resolution  —  Sept. 2, 2013: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington.AP  —  Sen. John McCain, President Obama's biggest cheerleader on Capitol Hill for a strike in Syria …
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Tom Cohen / CNN:
Senate committee approves Syria resolution  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the world set a red line against chemical weapons use that he now seeks to apply to Syria, while a Senate committee approved a resolution authorizing the U.S. military attack that he is planning.
Talking Points Memo:
GOP Congressman Asks If Syria Strike Is About Distracting From Benghazi, IRS, NSA  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) — the congressman who yelled “you lie” during President Obama's 2010 State of the Union speech — asked Wednesday if the administration's decision to attack Syria was made to distract from other …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Divided Senate Panel Approves Resolution on Syria Strike  —  WASHINGTON — A divided Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved an authorization of force against the Syrian government, setting up a showdown next week in the full Senate on whether President Obama should have the authority to strike.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, NPR and Lawfare
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Accuses Obama Of Using Syria To Distract From Benghazi, IRS  —  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) used Wednesday's hearing on whether or not the United States will take military action in Syria to ask whether the whole debate was a ruse to cover-up the many “scandals” the Obama administration is facing.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Senate committee approves Syria war resolution
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members drafting Syria resolution
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Panel Votes To Make Regime Change The Goal Of Syria Mission
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Panel Approves Syria Use Of Force Resolution
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Obama's request to strike Syria passes first test in Senate
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Anthony Weiner Blows Up in Absurd Shouting Match with Jewish Voter  —  Failed mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner yelled at a Jewish voter in Brooklyn's Borough Park after the voter suggested that Weiner should drop out of the mayoral race.  Watch the thoughtful discussion of morality and divine judgement that ensued.
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
Anthony Weiner hits rock bottom ... or does he?  (VIDEO)  —  Updated at 4:52 p.m.: The Weiner campaign this hour released a longer video which shows the man provoking Weiner, calling him a “scumbag” and adding, “And you're married to an Arab” as Weiner tried to shrug off his remarks.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources: House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections  —  WASHINGTON — Former aides to John Boehner and other high-level GOP operatives are increasingly convinced that the House Speaker will step aside after the 2014 midterm elections, according to interviews with a dozen Republican sources.
Discussion: Hot Air and USA Today
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: How White House hopes to get Congress to Yes on Syria
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Questions on Leadership and Policies Swirl as Obama Heads to G-20  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Not even a month ago, President Obama canceled a planned summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, citing Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden as evidence of a broader deterioration of relations.
Discussion: Power Line
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says ‘World Set a Red Line’ on Chemical Arms
Sean Longoria / Redding Record Searchlight:
UPDATED: Siskiyou County supervisors vote to pursue seceding from state  —  YREKA — The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 this afternoon to pursue seceding from California.  —  More than 100 people packed the supervisors' chambers late this morning for a discussion on whether …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Politico and The Impolitic
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Sean Longoria / Times-Standard:
Siskiyou supervisors support withdrawal from California
Provided / Florida Today:
Titusville slaying suspect claims he stood his ground  —  Defense team asks for dismissal based on threats from victims  —  Surveillance footage of Labor Day shooting in Titu...: Surveillance footage from the home of William Woodward on the night he allegedly shot three of his neighbors, killing two, and severely wounding another.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's heartless new scheme to prevent uninsured from getting care  —  Salon analysis shows GOP is targeting states with most uninsured, and bogging down their Obamacare implementation  —  For the most part, Republican state elected officials have undertaken the most direct efforts …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: U.S. not 'Al Qaeda's air force'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz called President Barack Obama's efforts to authorize military intervention in Syria a public relations move, saying the U.S. military shouldn't be “Al Qaeda's air force.”  —  The Texas Republican said Tuesday on TheBlaze …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Bill Clinton says GOP has duty to help fix ObamaCare ‘glitches’  —  Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said Republicans have a duty as elected officials to help fix the “glitches” in ObamaCare.  —  Clinton lent his reputation as “explainer in chief” to the healthcare law's rollout …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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Jason Millman / Politico:
Clinton: Improve, don't repeal, ACA
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rumsfeld refers to Obama as ‘so-called commander-in-chief’  —  Former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday endorsed the Obama administration's case for a military strike against Syria.  —  “My view is that we've had over 100,000 people dead in Syria over the last year or two,” Rumsfeld told Fox and Friends.
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 …
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on - it has, but into lawlessness and ruin  —  Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi  —  A little under two years ago, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, urged British businessmen to begin …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCaul ‘stunned’ at Kerry's estimate of jihadists among Syrian rebels  —  A top ranking Republican House member says Secretary of State John Kerry is being “disingenuous” in his estimate of the number of jihadists in the Syrian rebels forces.  —  House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate  —  DYERSBURG, Tenn. — As a self-described “true Southern man” — and reluctant recipient of food stamps — Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family.  He shops for grocery bargains …
Discussion: USDA ERS and MJ Rosenberg
The Raw Story:
‘Diana The Hunter’ takes credit for vigilante bus driver killings in Mexico  —  Authorities are seeking a woman accused of killing two bus drivers in northern Mexico amid claims that the murders were committed by a vigilante avenging rapes, officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: Jezebel and The Daily Caller
 
 
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