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4:35 PM ET, September 6, 2013


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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 …
Robert H. Scales / Washington Post:
A war the Pentagon doesn't want  —  Robert H. Scales, a retired Army major general, is a former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.  —  The tapes tell the tale.  Go back and look at images of our nation's most senior soldier, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and his body language during Tuesday's …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
McCain: ‘There Would Be An Impeachment’ Of Obama If He Put Boots On Ground  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. John McCain warns President Barack Obama could face impeachment if he decides to put “boots on the ground” in Syria.  —  The Republican Arizona senator made the comments …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Berated Over Syria At Arizona Town Halls (VIDEO)
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Unserious Commander-in-Chief  —  If Obama can't tell us …
Discussion: Hot Air
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
John McCain ripped on Syria at town hall
Discussion: American Prospect
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Clear-Cut Stupidity on Syria
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Ignore the headlines.  This was a very bad jobs report.  —  View Photo Gallery —If you're on the job hunt, employment opportunities are no longer limited to the East or West Coast.  Job aggregation Web site recently ranked metro areas with the highest number of job openings.
Jim Tankersley / Wonkblog:
Is pornography killing the economy?  —  The adult film industry appears to have made a disappointing August jobs report look even worse.  —  The report shows carnage in the movie business.  It lost 22,000 jobs on the month, or nearly 6 percent of its total jobs:  —  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Let's face it: The US job market is dead in the water and not getting better  —  How do you know the August jobs report was pretty bad?  When the best thing you can say is that it might have met Wall Street expectations if not for a temporary shutdown in the port industry last month.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. job growth misses expectations, offers cautionary note for Fed
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Weak Jobs Report Adds to Uncertainty on Fed's Move
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Plots Revenge, U.S. Says
Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman and Kyl: Inaction on Syria Threatens U.S. Security
Reuters:   U.S. intercepts Iranian order for attack on U.S. interests in Iraq: report
CBS News:
Russia cancels Syria lobbying mission to D.C.; More Russian war ships reportedly head for Mediterranean
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Obama Has No ‘Intention’ To Strike Syria If Congress Says No … “The president of course has the authority to act” even if Congress does not support his plan for a military strike on Syria, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.
John Fund / National Review:
House Might Not Vote on Obama's Syria Resolution
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Dish
President Obama could lose big on Syria in House
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: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Power Line
Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden made it clear Friday how he feels about departing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  “I think Janet Napolitano should be on the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said Friday morning at her going away ceremony.
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Naked DC
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
U.S. Support for Action in Syria Is Low vs. Past Conflicts  —  History shows though that support increase should conflict start  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' support for the United States' taking military action against the Syrian government for its suspected use of chemical weapons …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE LIBERTARIAN RACKET IN A NUTSHELL.  —  Ole Perfesser Glenn Reynolds likes to call himself a libertarian.  Now, his libertarianism is effectively anti-abortion, but that's no contradiction because, as libertarians constantly tell us, libertarians don't have to support a woman's right to choose …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom Carson / American Prospect:
Middle-Aged White Males: No Longer the Ones Who Knock  —  As AMC's superlative-burdened Breaking Bad inches toward its September 29 finale—and honestly, would it kill series creator Vince Gilligan to include even one fast-paced scene to vary the endgame?—viewers are bidding adieu to more than just one show.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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” …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
EXCUSE MICHAEL GERSON WHILE HE WHIPS THIS OUT  —  Michael Gerson made his bones by strategically placing verbs and things in the sentences for the least literate president in the history of the Republic.  Famously, Gerson was the Christian conscience of the administration that brought …
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.
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
IRS admits to pricey Donald Trump parody  —  The video, which spoofs the Donald Trump reality show “The Apprentice,” shows IRS officials discussing ways to cut training costs for its Small Business/Self-Employed division, which was hosting the conference.  The House Ways and Means Committee released the video Friday.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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Libertarians Are the New Communists
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