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4:10 AM ET, September 5, 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 …
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.
Boston Herald:
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey votes ‘present’ on key Syria resolution
Discussion: Power Line
Talking Points Memo:
GOP Congressman Asks If Syria Strike Is About Distracting From Benghazi, IRS, NSA
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Panel Votes To Make Regime Change The Goal Of Syria Mission
Senate panel approves Syria measure
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House members drafting Syria resolution
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and CNN
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Senate committee approves Syria war resolution
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama's request to strike Syria passes first test in Senate
Discussion: Reuters and Lawfare
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.
Ross Barkan / Politicker:
Anthony Weiner Explodes at ‘Jackass’ Voter in Brooklyn
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources: House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections
Discussion: Hot Air
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Boehner turns down request to meet with Russian delegation
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama denies his Syrian ‘red line’ comments
Discussion: Doug Ross
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
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
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.”
Press Release:
U.S. Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution to Increase Disposable Income by More than $2,700 per Household and Boost U.S. Trade Position by More than $164 billion in 2020, New IHS Study Says  —  More than 3.3 million jobs will be supported in 2020 as the unconventional oil …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Haley locks herself out of governor's mansion - in her robe
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Fracking Boom Seen Raising Household Incomes by $1,200
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
NRSC finance director steps down
Discussion: Reuters
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Former Senior White House Official On Larry Summers Nomination: ‘It Really Does Need To Be Stopped’
Discussion: Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's heartless new scheme to prevent uninsured from getting care
Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
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Discussion: and The Reaction
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Syria stance unlikely to hurt Lindsey Graham in 2014
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Raw Story:
‘Diana The Hunter’ takes credit for vigilante bus driver killings in Mexico
Discussion: Jezebel and The Daily Caller
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps