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12:15 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 …
Samantha Power / US Department of State:
Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Syria at the Center for American Progress, Washington D.C.  —  U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  —  Good afternoon.  I'm very glad to be back in Washington this afternoon …
Discussion: NPR, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
A Yes Vote of Conscience for the World's Red Line
Discussion: Right Wing News and Mediaite
Financial Times:
Obama steadfast on Syria strikes despite G20 opposition
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Via Meadia
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Envoy Says Syria Inaction Would Give ‘Green Light to Outrages’
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama makes his case for action in Syria  —  President Obama outlined his case for military action in Syria in his weekly address Saturday ahead of a major speech he will deliver on Syria next week.  —  Obama said in the address that Syria is a serious threat to U.S. national security …
Discussion: CNN
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   House GOP says it will raise debt ceiling by mid-October
John Fund / National Review:
House Might Not Vote on Obama's Syria Resolution
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 …
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:
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: Hot Air
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’
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Business Insider and Gawker
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.
Discussion: MJ Rosenberg and Prairie Weather
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying  —  Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the NSA and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday.
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
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 …
Behind the News:
Univision News Transcript: Interview with U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador  —  Program: Al Punto with Jorge Ramos  —  Content: Interview with Congressman Raúl Labrador  —  Air Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013  —  RL: Raúl Labrador
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
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: Hot Air and Dallas Morning News
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Obama ‘Vetoed’ Israeli Strike on Iran
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans to Ship Less-Expensive iPhone to China Mobile
Discussion: Deadline.com, The Verge and VentureBeat
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Syria Video Turns the Debate on U.S. Intervention
Discussion: Foreign Policy, NPR and Politico
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Pictures Of Children Fighting In Syria That You Have To See
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: If The House Had An Impeachment Vote It Would Pass
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Rand Paul: Bashar Assad's man in Washington
Discussion: Hit & Run
Chris Hall / CBC News:
Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval
Discussion: DeSmogBlog, ThinkProgress and E2-Wire
The Raw Story:
The last person to see Hitler alive dies at 96
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
EXCUSE MICHAEL GERSON WHILE HE WHIPS THIS OUT
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money