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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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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 …
Associated Press:
McCain opposes Senate resolution on Syria  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says he doesn't support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria.  —  McCain is an outspoken advocate of intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and wants …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   No good options for President Obama, Congress on conflict engulfing Syria
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria  —  President Obama said in Sweden today that he personally “didn't set a red line” on Syria:  —  “First of all, I didn't set a red line,” said Obama.  “The world set a red line.  The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent …
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Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama: Red line on Syria is the world's, not his  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the red line he spoke of last year regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons came from international treaties and past congressional action, and he challenged the international community …
Yahoo! News:
Obama: 'I didn't set a red line' on Syria
Discussion: BizPac Review
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Howard Dean backs Obama on Syria (video)  —  Former DNC chairman Howard Dean supports President Obama's call for a punitive military strike against Syria.  —  “Thus far I fully support the president, including his going to Congress,” Dean said in an email to The Hill.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Votes on Syria could have huge ramifications on 2016 contenders
Discussion: Politico
NorthJersey.com:
Christie: Syrian chemical weapons ‘intolerable’ but mum on military response
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Fix
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. figure for casualties in Syria attack much higher than others'
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
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 …
Associated Press:
AP INTERVIEW: PUTIN WARNS WEST ON SYRIA ACTION  —  You are here  —  Home » Vladimir Putin » 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 …
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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 …
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Glenn Beck:
Senator Ted Cruz weighs in on U.S. military action in Syria
CNN:
Ariel Castro a suicide in his cell  —  (CNN) — Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder, committed suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night, the Frankin County, Ohio, coroner's office said.
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Reuters:
Ariel Castro hanged himself: coroner
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
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rumsfeld refers to Obama as ‘so-called commander-in-chief’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Al Gore's Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint  —  Illustration by John Gara / BuzzFeed; Joe Raedle / Getty Images; Saul Loeb / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Last January, Al Gore took a boatload of scientists, donors, and celebrities to Antarctica to talk about climate change.
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Business Losing Clout in a G.O.P. Moving Right  —  How did corporate America lose control of the Republican Party?  —  From overhauling immigration laws to increasing spending on the nation's aging infrastructure, big business leaders have seemed relatively powerless lately …
Trevor Aaronson / Al Jazeera America:
Exclusive: Benghazi report details security flaws at US diplomatic posts  —  The U.S. Department of State has known for decades that inadequate security at embassies and consulates worldwide could lead to tragedy, but senior officials ignored the warnings and left some of America's …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Diplomatic Security Must Be Priority at State Dept., Panel Says
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
These Documents Show What an Attempt to Sabotage Obamacare Looks Like  —  Republicans may have found a new way to undermine Obamacare: By harassing the organizations that are supposed to help people get health insurance.  —  Last week, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters …
Politico:
Hillary Clinton's Syria dilemma  —  Hillary Clinton has answered calls that she pick a side in the Syria debate.  But the former Secretary of State's brief statement Tuesday backing President Barack Obama's campaign for a military strike won't be the last time she's asked to talk about the potentially sensitive issue.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's inept foreign policy: Column
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Slams Fox News: Muslims Thank Allah Like Christians Thank God (VIDEO)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pushed back hard Tuesday against a Fox News host who raised concerns over a Syrian rebel's use of a ubiquitous Islamic phrase.  —  McCain was making an appearance on “Fox & Friends” …
Discussion: CNN
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: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
 
 
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