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3:11 AM ET, September 7, 2013


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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
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.
Annalyn Kurtz /
August jobs report: Hiring continues as unemployment falls  —  Hiring continued at a slow pace in August, and the unemployment rate fell as more Americans dropped out of the labor force.  —  The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August, the Department of Labor said Friday.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
House GOP says it will raise debt ceiling by mid-October  —  House Republicans will raise the nation's debt limit before a mid-October deadline, but demand major fiscal concessions in exchange, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday.  —  In a memo to GOP lawmakers …
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.
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Unserious Commander-in-Chief  —  If Obama can't tell us …
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Can U.S. separate the good guys from jihadists in Syria?
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
Employment Report Comments (more graphs)  —  Overall this was a weak employment report.  Although the headline number of 169,000 jobs added was just a little below the consensus forecast, the downward revisions to the June and July estimates were significant (74,000 fewer jobs than previously reported).
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: If The House Had An Impeachment Vote It Would Pass  —  The impeachment drumbeat continues.  —  —  Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores said at a town hall forum Thursday that if the House of Representatives had an impeachment vote, President Obama would be impeached.
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Ekdahl / BuzzFeed:
14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped  —  Our government is yet again marching us towards a war of choice in the Middle East and our non-partisan, peace-loving celebrities have gone missing since late 2008.  We fear the worst.  —  Sheryl Crow  —  LAST KNOWN PRE-2009 COMMUNICATION:
Discussion: Doug Ross
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
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
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
John Kerry: Obama Can Bomb Assad Even If Congress Votes No  —  WASHINGTON — Even as he beseeches former colleagues in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama's plan to bomb Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear in an interview with The Huffington Post that he thinks the president …
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.
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: Politico, Mediaite and CNN
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans to Ship Less-Expensive iPhone to China Mobile  —  Move Signals a Long-Awaited Deal Is In Place  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to ship iPhones to China Mobile Ltd., people familiar with the matter say, an arrangement that would significantly increase Apple's distribution in the world's biggest smartphone market.
Discussion: The Verge, VentureBeat and
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Snowden Disclosures Finally Hit 12 on a Scale of 1 to 10  —  A few days ago, NBC News quoted a former intelligence official about the fallout from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.  “The damage, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 12,” he said.  —  At the time, I thought it was an odd thing to say.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Syria Video Turns the Debate on U.S. Intervention  —  The tape made ‘New York Times’ editors sick.  Lloyd Grove on the footage of a rebel slaughter that's upended talk of an authorized U.S. intervention.  —  The raw video was so grisly, and so barbaric, that the New York Times staffers …
Discussion: Foreign Policy, NPR and Politico
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Envoy Says Syria Inaction Would Give ‘Green Light to Outrages’  —  WASHINGTON — Warning that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has barely put a dent in his chemical weapons stockpile, President Obama's new envoy to the United Nations said on Friday that a failure to intervene in Syria would …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Sharia in action: Obama's Peace Partners drag female author out of her home, shoot her dead
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Rand Paul: Bashar Assad's man in Washington
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Fix
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mike Huckabee ‘chatting’ about 2016 bid
Chris Hall / CBC News:
Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval
Discussion: ThinkProgress, DeSmogBlog and E2-Wire
Katie Zezima / Associated Press:
As Cory Booker's national profile has risen, so has his income.
Discussion: Politico
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
If It Wasn't Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else
CBS News:
Russia cancels Syria lobbying mission to D.C.; More Russian war ships reportedly head for Mediterranean
 Earlier Items: 
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Tom Carson / American Prospect:
Middle-Aged White Males: No Longer the Ones Who Knock
Discussion: The Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Decision to Publish Against Government Request Was ‘Not a Particularly Anguished One’
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
New Inquiry for Bachmann on Her Presidential Race
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Years of Tragic Waste
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Power Line

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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

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