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10:50 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 …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama explains ‘red line’  —  (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
New York Times:
Split Senate Panel Approves Giving Obama Limited Authority on Syria  —  WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate committee voted Wednesday to give President Obama limited authority to use force against Syria, the first step in what remains a treacherous path for Mr. Obama to win Congressional approval for a military attack.
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.
Senate panel approves Syria measure  —  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a resolution that authorizes military action in Syria in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.  —  The vote in the committee was 10-7, with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) voting present.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama's request to strike Syria passes first test in Senate
Discussion: Reuters and Lawfare
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Panel Approves Syria Use Of Force Resolution
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Anthony Weiner Gets Into Explosive Confrontation With Jewish Voter (VIDEO)  —  New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got into an explosive confrontation with a man who brought up his sexting scandal on Wednesday while in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park, Brooklyn.
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
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Boehner turns down request to meet with Russian delegation
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Sean Longoria / Times-Standard:
Siskiyou supervisors support withdrawal from California
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.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama denies his Syrian ‘red line’ comments
Discussion: Doug Ross and Red Alert Politics
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: How White House hopes to get Congress to Yes on Syria
Campus Reform the #1 Source for College News:
Old ‘cheap’ Republicans ‘raped’ America: Video captures award-winning professor's anti-Republican rant  —  A professor at Michigan State University (MSU) opened the first day of his creative writing class on Thursday by bashing Mitt and Ann Romney and ranting against “old Republicans” …
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says ‘World Set a Red Line’ on Chemical Arms
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Gay Veterans' Spouses To Receive Benefits After DOJ Announces It Won't Enforce Marriage Definition  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has cleared the way for the spouses of gay veterans to receive military benefits, with the Justice Department declaring it will no longer enforce …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Feds won't enforce law barring gay veterans from spousal benefits
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
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 …
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
Haley locks herself out of governor's mansion - in her robe  —  (CNN) - If a bunch of governors got together and wrote a book on things to avoid when you're a state executive, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might have an entertaining and lighthearted chapter to contribute.
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