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3:10 PM ET, September 7, 2013

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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Samantha Power Agrees She Is Naive  —  One of our leading Smart Diplomats, Samantha Power, earned widespread ridicule with this insight from a recent speech:  —  Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama team thought Iran would not tolerate Bashar Assad's use of WMDs  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS BASHAR ASSAD  —  Iran is enduring economic sanctions designed to slow the country's nuclear weapons program, but President Obama's team thought …
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
A Yes Vote of Conscience for the World's Red Line
Discussion: Right Wing News
Financial Times:
Obama steadfast on Syria strikes despite G20 opposition
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Via Meadia
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ed Asner Explains Hollywood Silence on Obama, Syria: They 'Don't Want to Feel Anti-Black'  —  Don't look for Iraq War-style protests, says the liberal activist, who — like “M*A*S*H” star Mike Farrell — opposes military action.  —  In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq …
Sarah Elizabeth Richards / New York Times:
Alimony for Your Eggs  —  THE end of a marriage is always sad, but divorce can be particularly devastating for a woman who still wants children but whose fertility is on the decline.  Her ex may have many years left to start a new family of his own, but by the time she meets a new partner, it may be too late.
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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:
Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg  —  The mayor has harsh words for Bill de Blasio, rebuts the charge that he's in the tank for the wealthy, questions just how poor the poor really are, and considers (for the first time) what he might like named after him.  —  On August 6, I meet Mayor Bloomberg …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
“Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?”  —  Yossef Bodansky's sources reveal that on August 13 and 14, there was a high-level meeting in Turkey that included the al-Qaeda Syrian rebels, along with U.S., Turkish, and Qatari officials, in which the Obama regime planned …
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Opinionator:
Why Janet Yellen, Not Larry Summers, Should Lead the Fed  —  The controversy over the choice of the next head of the Federal Reserve has become unusually heated.  The country is fortunate to have an enormously qualified candidate: the Fed's current vice chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid faces double-digit defections on Syria strike measure (video)  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is bracing for double-digit defections in the Democratic caucus on the resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria, which will get a vote this coming week.
Discussion: Wake up America, Hot Air and The Fix
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama ‘Imploding’ in the House  —  I was just talking to a Capitol Hill source who thinks there are maybe two dozen Republican votes for the authorization, no more — and there probably won't be more.  It's hard to know because the situation is fluid, and the vote is so sensitive …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alan Grayson / New York Times:
On Syria Vote, Trust, but Verify  —  WASHINGTON — THE documentary record regarding an attack on Syria consists of just two papers: a four-page unclassified summary and a 12-page classified summary.  The first enumerates only the evidence in favor of an attack.
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Rodman, Leaving North Korea, Assails Obama on U.S. Captive  —  HONG KONG — The former basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Saturday after visiting with the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, and unleashed an expletive-laced tirade while rejecting calls that he push for the release …
Discussion: Gawker
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
John McCain: ‘Maybe We Should Legalize’ Marijuana  —  Tim Steller, a columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, reported over Twitter from a town hall in Tucson, Ariz. that McCain cited the “will of the people” in expressing an openness to legalization: … The Justice Department announced …
Discussion: Hit & Run and MPP Blog
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Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
John McCain On Marijuana: ‘Maybe We Should Legalize’
 
 
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Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Was that Cuccinelli at aquarium? Tale sounds fishy
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Twitchy
New York Post:
Booker made $689K from ex-law firm while mayor
Discussion: National Review
Behind the News:
Univision News Transcript: Interview with U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Obama ‘Vetoed’ Israeli Strike on Iran
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama makes his case for action in Syria
Discussion: CNN
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
House GOP says it will raise debt ceiling by mid-October
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Pictures Of Children Fighting In Syria That You Must See
 

 
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