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9:50 AM ET, September 8, 2013

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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to hold Syria interviews with 6 TV networks  —  President Obama will sit for interviews Monday with six TV networks as he makes his case to the nation for military intervention in Syria.  —  Obama will tape interviews Monday afternoon with anchors from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as with PBS …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
President Obama's toughest Syria hurdle: The calendar  —  On the short list of seemingly intractable obstacles to President Barack Obama's Syria plans: a war-weary nation, the feckless United Nations — and the Gregorian calendar.  —  From the beginning, Obama's recent Syria push has been hobbled …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Politico:
Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria
Discussion: Political Capital and CNN
Jason Seher / CNN:
Pryor a ‘no’ on Syria  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama …
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: Politicker, Gawker, Hullabaloo and CNN
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NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg: Bill de Blasio's campaign is ‘racist’
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Yahoo! News
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Bloomberg Says de Blasio Has Run a ‘Racist’ Campaign
Sam Tanenhaus / New York Times:
The Hands-Tied Presidency  —  AS the debate on the Syria intervention began in Congress last week, some wondered why President Obama, who has been frustrated repeatedly by Republican legislators, would risk being thwarted yet again and possibly jeopardize the ability of future presidents to pursue ambitious foreign policy objectives.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Amid presidential murmurs, Warren to address AFL-CIO  —  LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will address a key faction of the liberal base Monday as speculation intensifies that she will someday seek the presidency.  —  Helping to open the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Alan Grayson: ‘They have no smoking gun that the attack was ordered by Assad’  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). … Ezra Klein: Let's begin at the beginning.  Give me your broad thoughts on intervening in Syria.  —  Alan Grayson: The great uncovered story at this point is there's no practical …
Discussion: New York Times and The Raw Story
Conrad Black / New York Sun:
Collapse of American Influence Recalls Dis-Integration of Soviet Union, Fall of France  —  Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States.
Discussion: Power Line
Spiegel Online:
NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data  —  SPIEGEL has learned from internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as BlackBerry, a system previously believed to be highly secure.
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.
David Rose / Daily Mail:
And now it's global COOLING!  Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year  — Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month  —  A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Direct link between Assad and gas attack elusive for U.S.  —  (Reuters) - With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus.
Talking Points Memo:
McConnell's Anti-Obamacare Juggernaut Turns Against Him  —  Perhaps nobody was more responsible for making Obamacare a partisan bill than Mitch McConnell.  During the grueling debate that began in 2009, the Senate minority leader worked diligently to ensure no Republican voted for health care reform.
 
 
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Frederick W. Kagan / Washington Post:
On Syria, a weak strike is better than none
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Congressional veterans line up against military intervention in Syria
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