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9:00 AM ET, September 7, 2013

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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 …
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The White House:
Remarks by President Obama in a Press Conference at the G20  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening.  Let me begin by thanking President Putin and the people of St. Petersburg and the people of Russia for hosting this G20.  This city has a long and storied history, including its heroic resistance …
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
A Yes Vote of Conscience for the World's Red Line  —  I'm sometimes asked how, as someone who testified 42 years ago against the Vietnam War in which I had fought, I could testify in favor of action to hold the Assad regime accountable today.  —  The answer is, I spoke my conscience in 1971 and I'm speaking my conscience now in 2013.
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  —  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
Annalyn Kurtz / CNNMoney.com:
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.
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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
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: Pressing Issues and Doug Ross
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: If The House Had An Impeachment Vote It Would Pass  —  The impeachment drumbeat continues.  —  youtube.com  —  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
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
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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.
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 …
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: Deadline.com, The Verge and VentureBeat
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.
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
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
 
 
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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
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Syria Video Turns the Debate on U.S. Intervention
Discussion: Foreign Policy, NPR and Politico
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
Katie Zezima / Associated Press:
As Cory Booker's national profile has risen, so has his income.
Discussion: Politico
The Raw Story:
The last person to see Hitler alive dies at 96
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman and Kyl: Inaction on Syria Threatens U.S. Security
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
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE LIBERTARIAN RACKET IN A NUTSHELL.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
CNN:
Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Naked DC
Tom Carson / American Prospect:
Middle-Aged White Males: No Longer the Ones Who Knock
Discussion: The Raw Story