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10:20 AM ET, September 9, 2013


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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
John Kerry gives Syria week to hand over chemical weapons or face attack  —  US secretary of state tells London press conference with William Hague that US intelligence blames Assad regime for gas attack  —  The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week …
The party of hawks turns dovish on Syria  —  Of all the unexpected turns in the Syria debate, one stands out most: The GOP, the party of a muscular national defense, has gone the way of the dove.  —  A decade after leading the country into Iraq and Afghanistan, Republicans have little appetite …
George C. Edwards III / Politico:
Why President Obama's Syria speech won't matter  —  Let's get one thing clear: President Barack Obama's upcoming media blitz, to include interviews on six television networks and a primetime Oval Office address, is not going to rally the public behind U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Betsy's Page
CBS News:
Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  President Bashar Assad warned Sunday that if President Obama decides to launch military strikes on Syria, the U.S. and its allies should “expect every action” in retaliation.
5 takeaways from CNN's Syria poll  —  Washington (CNN) — As he continues to try to make his case to launch a military strike against Syria, a new national survey indicates that public opinion is against President Barack Obama.  But that's not the only headline from our new CNN/ORC International survey.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton to speak on Syria  —  Hillary Clinton will make her first public remarks about Syria on Monday when she makes a visit to the White House for an unrelated event, a Clinton aide told POLITICO.  —  The comments, the first since an unidentified aide said last week that the former Secretary …
Kerry: Syrian surrender of chemical arms could stop U.S. attack  —  (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. military strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, but immediately made clear he was not making a serious offer.
CBS News:
Assad: U.S. does not have “a single shred of evidence” of chemical weapons attack
Discussion: Washington Times and Hot Air
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Obama launches final push to win congressional support for a strike on Syria
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Kerry says Saudi Arabia has agreed to support military strike against Syria
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sen. Tom Udall: ‘My heart is broken’ by Syrian videos
Syrian President Assad says no evidence of chemical attack: CBS
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren assails Supreme Court as too far right  —  LOS ANGELES - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka denounced the United States Supreme Court on Sunday as a right-wing panel that serves the interests of corporate America, previewing a theme …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
de Blasio on verge of avoiding runoff  —  PPP's look at the New York City mayoral race finds Bill de Blasio on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination outright Tuesday.  He's polling at 38% to 19% for William Thompson, 13% for Christine Quinn, 9% for Anthony Weiner …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows de Blasio Surge in New York City's Mayoral Primary
Discussion: The Fix and Politico
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Our New Isolationism  —  THE United States has just spent thousands of American lives in a distant land for a victory that now seems hollow, if indeed it can be called a victory at all.  Our own country, moreover, is emerging from a recession, dispirited and self-absorbed …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE PRESIDENT AND THE PIPELINE  —  On the day of his second Inauguration, in January, Barack Obama delivered an address of unabashed liberal ambition and promise.  As recently as early April, before the realities of the world and the House of Representatives made themselves painfully evident …
Discussion: E2-Wire and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Wonk Gap  —  On Saturday, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican address.  He ignored Syria, presumably because his party is deeply conflicted on the issue.  (For the record, so am I.)  Instead, he demanded repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Shawn Boburg /
Port Authority sold rights to World Trade Center name for $10 in 1986  —  For more than four decades, the World Trade Center — whether standing majestically over lower Manhattan, lying in the ruins of a terrorist attack, or awaiting resurrection in a new form — has been one of the world's greatest public landmarks.
Discussion: Gothamist, ABC News and NEWS 9
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Successful Foreign Failure  —  The president may look incompetent on Syria.  But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.  —  It is entirely understandable that Barack Obama's way of dealing with Syria in recent weeks should have elicited responses ranging from puzzlement to disgust.
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Dennis Rodman gives away name of Kim Jong-un's daughter  —  Former US basketball star and frequent North Korean visitor shares name of leader's baby Ju-ae  —  When it comes to announcing a baby's name to the world, some will have a quiet word with friends and family while others might send a discreet email.
Discussion: The Week, BBC and NBCNews
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Former EPA chief Lisa Jackson returns to familiar hot seat  —  Seven months after resigning as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson is stepping back into the lion's den.  —  She's scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
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