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12:40 PM ET, September 8, 2013

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Ashley Killough / CNN:
WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’  —  (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough argued Sunday that a military strike in Syria would not be a repeat of previous U.S. involvements in the Middle East or North Africa.  —  On CNN's “State of the Union,” McDonough said it's …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Charlie Rose interviews Bashar Assad  —  Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning.  —  The interview, Assad's first with an American television network in nearly two years, will air in its entirety on PBS's “Charlie Rose” …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
McKeon says he would vote for Syria action if sequestration fixed  —  House Armed Services Chairman (R-Calif.) said that he would likely vote to authorize military strikes in Syria if President Obama would address sequestration cuts to the military.  —  McKeon said on CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: Politico
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: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Rand Paul lays out demands ahead of potential Syria filibuster  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who's already said he opposes the limited U.S. military strikes in Syria being pushed by President Barack Obama, said Sunday he was still weighing his options for stalling a vote in the full Senate on the use of force resolution.
Discussion: Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
McGovern urges Obama to withdraw authorization request
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama to hold Syria interviews with 6 TV networks
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:   Congressional veterans line up against military intervention in Syria
Politico:
Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria
Discussion: CNN and Political Capital
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
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Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
U.S. undecided on seeking new Syria U.N. vote
Frederick W. Kagan / Washington Post:
On Syria, a weak strike is better than none
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
Mark Nicol / Daily Mail:
Britain sent poison gas chemicals to Assad: Proof that the UK delivered Sarin agent to Syrian regime for SIX years  —  British companies sold chemicals to Syria that could have been used to produce the deadly nerve agent that killed 1,400 people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today.
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Gregory Hicks: Hearing of Death of Christopher Stevens ‘Saddest Moment’ in My Career  —  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks recalled being told of the death of then U.S. ambassador …
Discussion: BizPac Review
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
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.
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Monthly:
It's the Economy, Mate  —  Tony Abbott will be the next prime minister of Australia after his conservative coalition handily won yesterday's election, forcing the Labor Party out of power after six years.  Abbott won despite the fact that the Australian economy has expanded without interruption for 22 years …
Discussion: Crikey, The Age and Eschaton
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.
New York Times:
Obama's Battle for Syria Votes, Taut and Uphill  —  WASHINGTON — Each morning for the last week, at 7:45, more than a dozen White House aides have mustered in the corner office of President Obama's chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, to get their marching orders for what has become the most intense …
Discussion: MJ Rosenberg and Blazing Cat Fur
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Alan Grayson: ‘They have no smoking gun that the attack was ordered by Assad’
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Syria resolution could stall Congress's work on divisive domestic issues  —  President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval of military strikes against Syria threatens to make an already contentious fall agenda on Capitol Hill even more unstable, heightening the chance of political gridlock.
Discussion: The White House and Post Politics
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NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg: Bill de Blasio's campaign is ‘racist’  —  But de Blasio, himself, is not one, says Mike Bloomberg, who also thinks the campaign is wrong in other ways.  'Tearing people apart with this ‘two cities’ thing doesn't make any sense to me.  It's a destructive strategy for those you want to help the most,' says Hizzoner.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Yahoo! News
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