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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 chemical weapons is the world's, not his  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the red line he spoke of last year regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons came from international treaties and past congressional action, rather than something he “made up …
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 …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:   GOP Congressman Accuses Obama Of Using Syria To Distract From Benghazi, IRS
Yahoo! News:
Obama: 'I didn't set a red line' on Syria
Discussion: Liberal Values and BizPac Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
No good options for President Obama, Congress on conflict engulfing Syria
Discussion: Politico
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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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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
AIPAC in Full Court Press on Syria  —  AIPAC is breaking precedent to support war resolution on Syria.  Eli Lake reports.  —  America's largest pro-Israel lobby has deployed its organization in Congress to push for the president's war authorization against Syria, according to a senior official …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The Senate's Syria hearing: Live updates
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP wants to have it both ways on Syria  —  Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a spirited debate — with himself.  —  Four months ago, Inhofe demanded that “President Obama step up and exhibit the leadership required” to show Syria's Bashar al-Assad …
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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.
John Boehner / USA Today:
Tie debt limit to spending cuts
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's inept foreign policy: Column
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 …
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:
Texas high school stabbings: 1 student killed, 3 others injured, police say  —  (CNN) — A 17-year-old student was killed and three other students were injured in stabbings Wednesday morning at a Houston-area high school, Harris County authorities said.  —  The stabbings happened shortly …
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KHOU-TV:
HCSO: 1 killed, 3 injured in fight at Spring HS; 3 in custody
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.
CNN:
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro dead: commits suicide in prison  —  (CNN) — He was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for a heinous crime, but in the end he cut that life short.  —  Ariel Castro, convicted of kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder …
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Reuters:
Ariel Castro hanged himself: coroner
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 …
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.
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, Hullabaloo and Pirate's Cove
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 …
 
 
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