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11:20 AM ET, September 6, 2013


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President Obama could lose big on Syria in House  —  If the House voted today on a resolution to attack Syria, President Barack Obama would lose — and lose big.  —  That's the private assessment of House Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides who are closely involved in the process.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
No Syria breakthrough in Obama-Putin chat on G-20 summit sidelines  —  President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg on Friday, the White House said.  —  Speaking with reporters, Putin confirmed the 20-minute long meeting …
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to address nation Tuesday on need for Syria strike  —  President Obama said he will make his case for a military strike on Syria in an address to the nation on Tuesday.  —  The president announced his intention during a press conference Friday at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg …
Manu Raju / Politico:
AIPAC to go all-out on Syria  —  The powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is planning to launch a major lobbying campaign to push wayward lawmakers to back the resolution authorizing U.S. strikes against Syria, sources said Thursday.  —  Officials say that some 250 Jewish leaders and AIPAC activists …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Axelrod: Obama likely to address nation on Syria next week
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Will Democrats Forgive Obama for Blowing His Second Term?
Discussion: Right Turn
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Why America Is Saying ‘No’  —  Syria and Obama: Wrong time, wrong place, wrong plan, wrong man.  —  It is hard, if you've got a head and a heart, to come down against a strong U.S. response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against its civilian population.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Critics of Syria intervention blast McCain during Phoenix town hall  —  FONT:  —  Sen. John McCain felt the heat of opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria on Thursday during a town-hall meeting in Phoenix that exposed the emotions and ethic and religious tensions connected to crisis in the Middle East.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Berated Over Syria At Arizona Town Halls (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Times:
Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Plots Revenge, U.S. Says  —  Officials Say Intercepted Message to Militants Orders Reprisals in Iraq if Syria Hit  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria …
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Israel Backs Limited Strike Against Syria
New York Times:
N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web  —  The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy …
US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
NSA surveillance: how to stay secure
Discussion: Wired, io9, Boing Boing and protein wisdom
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black lawmakers won't be rubber stamp for Obama on Syria strike  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will be no rubber stamp for President Obama's proposal to strike Syria.  —  Black Democrats were among the most consistently vocal opponents of the Iraq war a decade ago …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Years of Tragic Waste  —  In a few days, we'll reach the fifth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers — the moment when a recession, which was bad enough, turned into something much scarier.  Suddenly, we were looking at the real possibility of economic catastrophe.  —  And the catastrophe came.
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Did Obama even have a war plan for Capitol Hill?  —  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday voted 10-7 to approve President Obama's request for an authorization to use military force in Syria.  The Boston Globe reports the vote gives “more momentum to the White House plan.”
Ronald Brownstein /
Bad Bet: Why Republicans Can't Win With Whites Alone  —  Obama lost key groups of white voters by the largest margins since the 1980s, but that doesn't mean Republicans can rely on whites to retake the White House.  —  This much is undisputed: In 2012, President Obama lost white voters …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Right Vote  —  The statesmanlike case for voting Yes on the congressional resolution to use force against the Assad regime has been made widely and well by conservative foreign policy thinkers.  At the end, the case boils down to this: As a policy matter, a Yes vote may be problematic in all kinds of ways.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
New Inquiry for Bachmann on Her Presidential Race  —  Representative Michele Bachmann's presidential hopes ended 20 months ago, but her brief and chaotic campaign continues to be the focus of ethics investigations.  —  The latest is a federal inquiry into whether an outside “super PAC” …
Discussion: The Hill
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
The Bush Burden  —  He's there in every corner of Congress where a microphone fronts a politician, there in Russia and the British Parliament and the Vatican.  You may think George W. Bush is at home in his bathtub, painting pictures of his toenails, but in fact he's the biggest presence in the debate over what to do in Syria.
Steven Nelson / US News:
Rep. Alan Grayson: Syria Intelligence Manipulated  —  Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who is aggressively lobbying against a military strike on Syria, says the Obama administration has manipulated intelligence to push its case for U.S. involvement in the country's two-year civil war.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Weiner's inner circle says he's prepping for comeback after NYC campaign  —  Anthony Weiner's friends believe that while his campaign for mayor may have become a joke, it will set him up for a future political comeback.  —  New York voters puzzle over why Weiner (D) stays in the race despite constant ridicule.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Jobs Day: Tapering Is Still Insane  —  For reasons that are a bit unknown to me there was a surge of enthusiasm this week about the likely state of the American labor market, a surge that's been popped by today's mildly disappointing jobs report that shows a continuation of the long-term trend …
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