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9:30 AM ET, September 9, 2013

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CNN:
CNN poll: Public against Syria strike resolution  —  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.
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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 …
Politico:
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 …
CBS News:
Assad: U.S. does not have “a single shred of evidence” of chemical weapons attack  —  (CBS News) Syria's President Bashar Assad denied his regime's use of chemical weapons in a wide-ranging interview with CBS News' Charlie Rose.  Assad issued a chilling warning for theU.S. to …
Discussion: Washington Times and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: CBS New York, NPR and Capitol Report
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.
Reuters:
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.
CNN:
5 takeaways from CNN's Syria poll
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Kerry says Saudi Arabia has agreed to support military strike against Syria
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Israel Matzav and CNN
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sen. Tom Udall: ‘My heart is broken’ by Syrian videos
Reuters:
Syrian President Assad says no evidence of chemical attack: CBS
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Israel Matzav
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria
USA Today:
Uphill battle for Obama: Where Congress stands on Syria  —  President Obama faces a daunting battle to win congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria, a USA TODAY Network survey finds.  But a large number of undecideds may be open to persuasion.  —  CONNECT
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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
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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 …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Denis McDonough makes administration's case for action in Syria; will Sen. Rand Paul filibuster vote?  —  Special Guests: Denis McDonough, Sen. Rand Paul  —  This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” September 8, 2013.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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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
Hayley Dixon / Telegraph:
Global warming?  No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists  —  A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling.
Michael Sallah / Washington Post:
LEFT WITH NOTHING.  —  On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb.  —  Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television.
Melanie Eversley / USA Today:
NAACP chief Ben Jealous to resign, cites family reasons  —  NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous says he wants to spend more time with his wife and children.  —  CONNECT  —  The man who has become the face of the NAACP — from marches protesting the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin …
Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
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
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
 
 
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