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8:25 AM ET, September 5, 2013


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Obama's political capital spreads thin  —  President Barack Obama faced a heavy lift in Congress this fall when his agenda included only budget issues and immigration reform.  —  Now with Syria in the mix, the president appears ready to spend a lot of the political capital that he would have kept …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Epic fall(s)  —  Grab a chair: Congress is about to get as fascinating and powerful as it gets.  —  In the next two months, the most unpopular institution in America will decide the fates of a president's power, a military strike, defense contracts, the budget, health-care implementation …
THE TENSE MOMENT WHEN A GOP CONGRESSMAN CHALLENGED JOHN KERRY WITH BENGHAZI QUESTIONS DURING SYRIA HEARING  —  Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Boehner turns down request to meet with Russian delegation  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner turned down a request from Russian diplomats who hope to directly lobby the U.S. Congress and undercut President Barack Obama on Syria.
Discussion: Politico, NBC Politics and The Hill
Josh Kraushaar /
Obama Bets the House on Syria—and Is Losing
Discussion: The Fix, The Week, NPR, and Daily Kos
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources: House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections
Discussion: BizPac Review and Hot Air
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.
Boston Herald:
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey votes ‘present’ on key Syria resolution  —  U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey punted as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a compromise resolution designed to win support for President Obama's proposed strike on Syria by limiting the scope of any military action …
Discussion: Power Line
Senate panel approves Syria measure
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
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West  —  The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.  —  The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers.  Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCaul ‘stunned’ at Kerry's estimate of jihadists among Syrian rebels
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama denies his Syrian ‘red line’ comments
Discussion: Doug Ross
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Buck Stops Here  —  Obama goes Galt.  —  “First of all, I didn't set a red line,” Barack Obama said today at a press conference in Stockholm.  “The world set a red line.  The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
President Obama: “My Credibility Is Not On The Line”
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Questions of Policy and Leadership Dog Obama Before Meeting in Russia  —  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
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Atlantic Online:
The Women of the Afghanistan War  —  The present war in Afghanistan, now nearly 12 years old, has affected the lives of millions of women.  Many have been victimized; others have played the roles of soldiers, insurgents, politicians, caregivers, and much more.
Senator Rand Paul: Why I'm Voting No on Syria  —  If American interests are at stake, then our goal should not be stalemate  —  I supported the decision to go to war with Afghanistan after our nation was attacked on 9/11.  Colin Powell wrote in his autobiography: “War should be the politics of last resort.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Gender abortions: criminal charges not in ‘public interest’ says CPS  —  Doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby have been told they will not face criminal charges, despite prosecutors admitting that there is enough evidence to take them to court, it emerged on Wednesday night.
Lauren Zakalik / KOAT Channel 7:
‘Obama’ commode sparks controversy in NM town  —  Outhouse sign says “Obama's Presidential Library”  —  Just a stone's-throw away from historic Route 66 in Tucumcari sits a sign that everyone's talking about.  —  The sign sits atop an outhouse and says “Obama's Presidential Library.”
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Dismisses ‘Insufferable Racist’ Donald Trump on Leno  —  When Bill Maher wasn't humiliating Jay Leno to his face on last night's Tonight Show he was taking on his other favorite target: Donald Trump.  Leno asked Maher about their long standing feud and the Real Time host explained …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: Reuters
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Senior White House Official On Larry Summers Nomination: ‘It Really Does Need To Be Stopped’
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
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Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Won't Run for 2nd Term
Discussion: and The Reaction
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Syria stance unlikely to hurt Lindsey Graham in 2014
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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