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12:25 PM ET, September 9, 2013


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CNN poll: Most Americans don't want Obama to attack Syria  —  Washington (CNN) — As President Barack Obama presses his case for a strike on Syria, a new national survey shows him swimming against a strong tide of public opinion that doesn't want the U.S. to get involved.
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 …
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.
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.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Kerry: Military action in Syria would be ‘unbelievably small’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that any military action undertaken in Syria would be “unbelievably small.”  —  “We will be able to hold [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops …
The party of hawks turns dovish on Syria
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Hot Air
5 takeaways from CNN's Syria poll
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Russia says it will push Syria to relinquish control of chemical weapons
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kristol: W.H. hasn't made the case
Discussion: AEIdeas
CBS News:
Assad: U.S. does not have “a single shred of evidence” of chemical weapons attack
Discussion: Washington Times, Hot Air and Guardian
John Fund / National Review:
How Not to Win Over Congress  —  If anyone in the Obama administration thought having former Democratic representative Jane Harman appear on NBC's Meet the Press to support the Syrian war resolution was a good idea, he must be cringing now.  —  Harman, a former congresswoman from California …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and BizzyBlog
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 …
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Obama launches final push to win congressional support for a strike on Syria
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Combative Weiner still says he can win  —  (CNN) - The day before New York City's mayoral primary, embattled Democratic candidate Anthony Weiner still thinks he has a good chance of winning, maintaining that voters are far more interested in his policies than his personal history.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
de Blasio on verge of avoiding runoff
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politicker
ABC News:
NYC Mayoral Poll: De Blasio Leads With 39 Percent
Discussion: Politico
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows de Blasio Surge in New York City's Mayoral Primary
Discussion: Politico and The Fix
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.
Discussion: Pharyngula
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 …
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: The Glittering Eye and Hit & Run
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.
Discussion: WyBlog
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Strike to degrade Syrian forces would still be limited  —  The attack would involve launches of missiles solely from ships, according to the two senior officers familiar with the planning.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's choice of the term “degrade” …
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 …
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