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3:50 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: Weasel Zippers and NPR
Manu Raju / Politico:
Marco Rubio shifts direction on Syria
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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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
Nick Marcelli / Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader:
LEADER CANTOR STATEMENT ON SYRIA AND REGIONAL CONFLICT
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Supports Obama On Taking Syria Intervention To Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Robert Taft Republicans Return
Discussion: American Spectator
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Six in 10 Oppose U.S.-Only Strike on Syria; A Closer Division if Allies are Involved
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 and Scared Monkeys
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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: NBCNews, Telegraph, Jezebel and KTLA 5
Fox News:
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging in cell  —  Ariel Castro, the man convicted earlier this year of kidnapping three woman, holding them in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade, and repeatedly sexually assaulting them, committed suicide in his Ohio jail cell Tuesday night, according to an Ohio corrections official.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pro-Israel group backs military strike on Syria
Discussion: Politico and Mondoweiss
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
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
CROSSING THE LINE  —  Early in 1987, Saddam Hussein …
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 …
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
Amazon.com:
Introducing “Kindle MatchBook”: Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions of Print Books Purchased from Amazon—Past, Present and Future—for $2.99 or Less  —  Over 10,000 books already enrolled from authors such as Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, James Rollins …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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