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6:35 PM ET, September 7, 2013

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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 …
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New York Magazine:
In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg  —  Racist?  —  I mean he's making an appeal using his family to gain support.  I think it's pretty obvious to anyone watching what he's been doing.  I do not think he himself is racist.  It's comparable to me pointing out I'm Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote.
Discussion: CNN, Politicker and Hullabaloo
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Bloomberg Says de Blasio Has Run a ‘Racist’ Campaign
Discussion: Business Insider and Eschaton
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 …
Eric Cantor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
America has a compelling national security interest
Discussion: New York Times and Goppers
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
Mjmontone / CBS New York:
NYPD: Man Brain-Dead Following Random Rampage In Union Square  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It came out of nowhere.  —  A man allegedly went on a rampage in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon and left a complete stranger brain-dead in the process.  —  Police said that the attack may have been a hate crime.
Jonathan Vankin / Opposing Views:
Michael E. Mann, Top Climate Scientist, Can Proceed WIth Libel Suit Against Right Wing Blogs, Judge Rules  —  Follow us and never miss a story!  —  A climate scientist widely known for his “hockey stick” graph showing a steep climb in global temperature over the last century …
Politico:
Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria  —  Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter …
Discussion: CNN
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Jason Seher / CNN:
Pryor a ‘no’ on Syria  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama …
Discussion: Politico
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
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention  —  (CNN) — Men sprawled on a tile floor, shirtless and convulsing.  Children, too, seemingly unable to control their shaking and flailing.  Panic and screams in the background.  —  These are some of the hard …
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.
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
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Tokyo selected to host 2020 Summer Olympics  —  In seven years, all eyes will be on Tokyo.  —  The International Olympic Committee voted to send the 2020 Summer Olympics to the Japanese capital on Saturday.  —  The city beat out Madrid and Istanbul to host the international sporting games.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Political cronies keep cash flowing to Terry McAuliffe
Discussion: America Rising
Sky News:
Abbott Wins: Australia ‘Under New Management’
Discussion: American Spectator
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Was that Cuccinelli at aquarium? Tale sounds fishy
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Twitchy
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
“Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?”
Alan Grayson / New York Times:
On Syria Vote, Trust, but Verify
New York Post:
Booker made $689K from ex-law firm while mayor
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Behind the News:
Univision News Transcript: Interview with U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid faces double-digit defections on Syria strike measure (video)
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Obama ‘Vetoed’ Israeli Strike on Iran
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama ‘Imploding’ in the House
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: Connecting.the.Dots and CNN
 

 
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance and Disney merge their media businesses in India, creating the country's largest media conglomerate; Reliance values it at $8.5B and will invest $1.4B

Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Mehdi Hasan raises $4M to launch Zeteo, a digital media company on Substack, offering a weekly streaming show he hosts, contributor pieces, a podcast, and more

Jake Kanter / Deadline:
A group of top journalists, including from CNN, BBC, and CBS, sign an open letter asking Israel and Egypt to provide foreign media “unfettered access” to Gaza

 
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