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2:35 PM ET, September 9, 2013


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CNN poll: Don't 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 United States to get involved.  —  The CNN/ORC International poll released …
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.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Syria Should Hand Over All Chemical Arms  —  LONDON — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that if President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on Syria, he should hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week.  —  Asked if there were steps the Syrian president …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Kerry under fire for ‘unbelievably small’ comment  —  As President Barack Obama kicks off an all-out push for a strike on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry came under fire on Monday for saying any attack would be “unbelievably small” and suggesting the Syrian ruler still had a week …
Discussion: American Prospect and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
RUSSIA TO PUSH SYRIA TO SURRENDER CHEMICAL WEAPONS  —  You are here  —  Home » Syria » Russia to push Syria to surrender chemical weapons  —  MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control …
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” …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Our New Isolationism  —  THE United States has just spent thousands …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Glittering Eye
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Russia says it will push Syria to relinquish control of chemical weapons
Rick Santorum / ABC News:
Opinion: No to Strikes in Syria
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama bets big on attacking Syria
Syria ‘welcomes’ proposal to hand over control of chemical weapons
Discussion: “The Lid” and The Dish
ABC News:
Syria Suggests It's Willing to Destroy Chemical Arsenal
Discussion: RT and The Dish
Syria welcomes Russia's offer to put its chemical weapons under intl control
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The PJ Tatler
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kristol: W.H. hasn't made case
Discussion: AEIdeas
Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:   'We're not talking about war': Kerry outlines ‘unbelievably small’ strike on Syria
Kerry: Syrian surrender of chemical arms could stop U.S. attack
The party of hawks turns dovish 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
ABC News:
NYC Mayoral Poll: De Blasio Leads With 39 Percent
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
de Blasio on verge of avoiding runoff
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 …
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