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7:40 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 …
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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 …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Clear-Cut Stupidity on Syria
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Unserious Commander-in-Chief  —  If Obama can't tell us …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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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)
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
John McCain ripped on Syria at town hall
Discussion: American Prospect
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Jobs Day: Tapering Is Still Insane
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
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 Bright.com recently ranked metro areas with the highest number of job openings.
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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
John Fund / National Review:
House Might Not Vote on Obama's Syria Resolution  —  Congressional aides in both parties tell me that the chances of President Obama winning House approval for military action in Syria are so bad they actually doubt the House would ultimately vote on it if failure seemed certain.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Dish
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Majority of House leaning ‘no’ on Syria resolution
CBS News:
Russia cancels Syria lobbying mission to D.C.; More Russian war ships reportedly head for Mediterranean
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Draws Scrutiny Over Writer's Ties To Syrian Rebel Advocacy Group  —  NEW YORK — A Wall Street Journal op-ed cited this week by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has drawn scrutiny for not disclosing writer Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to a Syrian rebel advocacy group.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Can U.S. separate the good guys from jihadists in Syria?
Discussion: Dallas Morning News and Hot Air
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bloomberg:
Libertarians Are the New Communists  —  Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom.  The second would obliterate it.  Yet the ideologies are simply mirror images.  Both attempt to answer the same questions, and fail to do so in similar ways.
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
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Pictures Of Children Fighting In Syria That You Have To See  —  The war of the young.  —  Children have been involved from the start of the Syrian revolution.  —  STRINGER / Reuters  —  A member of the Free Syrian Army holds up a child as he protests against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
CNN:
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, Naked DC and Weasel Zippers
The Raw Story:
The last person to see Hitler alive dies at 96  —  Adolf Hitler's personal bodyguard, who was the last surviving witness of the Nazi dictator's final days in the bunker towards the end of World War II, has died, his agent said Friday.  —  Rochus Misch died aged 96 in Berlin on Thursday …
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
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
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
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” …
 
 
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
John Kerry: Obama Can Bomb Assad Even If Congress Votes No
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: If The House Had An Impeachment Vote It Would Pass
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Envoy Says Syria Inaction Would Give ‘Green Light to Outrages’
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Rand Paul: Bashar Assad's man in Washington
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Fix
Chris Hall / CBC News:
Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval
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Katie Zezima / Associated Press:
As Cory Booker's national profile has risen, so has his income.
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
If It Wasn't Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else
Discussion: The Week
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Proposal for the 51st State: Whinyassistan
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Windrem / NBCNews:
Not one of ‘bad guys,’ but Syrian rebel group proclaims ‘anti-American’ bent
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Decision to Publish Against Government Request Was ‘Not a Particularly Anguished One’
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Bad Bet: Why Republicans Can't Win With Whites Alone
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Weiner's inner circle says he's prepping for future comeback