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9:00 PM ET, September 5, 2013

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama cancels LA trip as ‘no’ votes on Syria resolution pile up (Video)  —  President Obama has scrapped a planned two-day trip to Los Angeles early next week ahead of a congressional vote on a military strike against Syria.  —  The cancellation of the trip suggests the urgency …
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama needs game-changer to win House vote on Syria  —  President Obama's request for congressional approval of a military strike in Syria is facing failure and could need a significant game-changer to pass the House.  —  While the authorization request might pass the Democratic-controlled Senate …
Politico:
President Obama could lose big on Syria in House
Discussion: The Hill and NBC Politics
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Wooing the left
The Fix:
The “no's” keep piling up on Syria resolution in the House
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
So far, President Obama's political arm sits out Syria push
Discussion: CNN and Weekly Standard
New York Times:
N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption  —  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 of everyday communications …
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Guardian:
US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet  —  • NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records  —  • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
ProPublica:
Revealed: The NSA's Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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Reuters:
Kerry portrait of Syria rebels at odds with intelligence reports  —  (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts …
Fareed Zakaria / TIME:
On Syria, Words Have Consequences  —  Striking at Assad won't end the conflict.  But it may drag the U.S. into a complex civil war.  —  From the start of the Syrian ­conflict, President Obama has wanted to take two very different approaches to it.  On the one hand, he has been disciplined …
Discussion: The Dish
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
President Obama Considers Address to Nation on Syria
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Putin chat — for 15 seconds
Discussion: Politico
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
It's Official: Alec Baldwin to Host Talk Show on MSNBC  —  The actor and will anchor a 10 p.m. program on Fridays beginning in October.  —  Alec Baldwin  —  Alec Baldwin has finalized a deal to host a weekly night-time talk show on MSNBC.  The program - Up Late with Alec Baldwin will bow …
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msnbc.com:
Alec Baldwin to host MSNBC Friday night talk show
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Raw Story
Talking Points Memo:
Kerry Blows Up At GOP Rep For Harping On Benghazi At Syria Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Secretary of State John Kerry erupted at Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) after the congressman charged that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to carry out an attack on Syria due to mistakes made in Benghazi …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Major New Study On Obamacare Premiums Should End The ‘Rate Shock’ Hysteria Once And For All  —  The most comprehensive study on Obamacare to date finds that Americans' insurance premiums under the health law will be “lower than expected.”  Many Americans will pay even less than the top-line rates …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Balloon Juice
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Caroline Baum / Bloomberg:
Can We Pay a Minimum Wage That Makes Everyone Rich?  —  Last week, fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in 60 U.S. cities to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour, more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25.  The nationwide effort, “Fight for 15,” was organized by the Service Employees International Union.
Discussion: National Review
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Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
Walmart workers protest over minimum wage in 15 US cities
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Right Questions on Syria  —  Critics of American military action in Syria are right to point out all the risks and uncertainties of missile strikes, and they have American public opinion on their side.  —  But for those of you who oppose cruise missile strikes, what alternative do you favor?
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Across a Border, Iraqis See Replays of Past and Fears for Future
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Justin Joseph / KDVR.com:
GOP lawmaker brings fried chicken to poverty hearing in ‘silent protest’  —  DENVER — Two weeks ago, the last meeting of a Colorado task force on economic opportunity and poverty exploded into allegations of racism when Sen. Vicki Marble, a Republican, attempted to explain high poverty rates …
Josiah Ryan / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
SUSPENDED: Michigan State removes prof who went on anti-Republican tirade  —  Michigan State administrators have suspended Prof. William Penn for the remainder of the semester, after he was caught on video going on an anti-Republican tirade on the very first day of his literature class.
BuzzFeed:
Was Mitt Romney Right About Everything?  —  From Russia to Mali to Detroit, Romney's biggest fans say they've been vindicated.  “Obviously, it would have been nice if any of these incidents would have occurred during the campaign.”  —  Romney pauses as he addresses supporters during his election night rally.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Era of Disbelief  —  This is a particularly bad time to sell the American people a war, and make no mistake: we are being sold, and this “military action,” in another time and place — and in some quarters, here and now — would be called an act of war.  —  Americans are not only weary of war …
Aaron Cooper / CNN:
Keep your shoes, jackets on: TSA to expand pre-screening program  —  Washington (CNN) — More airports around the United States will soon allow passengers to go through security without removing their shoes, light jackets, and belts.  —  The Transportation Security Administration is expanding …
Discussion: American Prospect and Boing Boing
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Top House Republican Rewrites History, Claims Reagan Stood Up To Chemical Weapons Use  —  A top Republican lawmaker on Thursday invoked Ronald Reagan to say that Obama was weak for not acting more directly in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, ignoring the fact …
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Saving Obama From Himself  —  The next couple of weeks will be full of surprises, twists and turns, as this country debates in its Congress and media and living rooms whether to launch another war in the Middle East.  But I think it's fair to offer a preliminary assessment of where the wind is blowing.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Groundhog Deja Clusterf@#k  —  As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers America's response to the war in Syria, John McCain ponders his response to the river card.  (05:44)
 
 
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