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1:40 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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges  —  Obama Job Approval Slips into Negative Territory  —  Over just the past week, the share of Americans who oppose U.S. airstrikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48% to 63%, as many who were undecided about the issue have turned against military action.
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.
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 …
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 …
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Russia says it will push Syria to relinquish control of chemical weapons
Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:   'We're not talking about war': Kerry outlines ‘unbelievably small’ strike on Syria
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kristol: W.H. hasn't made the case
Discussion: AEIdeas
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Kerry under fire for ‘unbelievably small’ comment
Discussion: American Prospect
5 takeaways from CNN's Syria poll
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
Guardian:   John Kerry on military strikes against Syria - video
The party of hawks turns dovish on Syria
Kerry: Syrian surrender of chemical arms could stop U.S. attack
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
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: The Daily Caller
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Anthony Weiner: Chances of winning ‘good’
Discussion: CNN
ABC News:
NYC Mayoral Poll: De Blasio Leads With 39 Percent  —  A new poll shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) leading among likely voters in New York City's Democratic mayoral primary with 39 percent.  —  The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll was released Monday.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
de Blasio on verge of avoiding runoff
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: Hit & Run and The Glittering Eye
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 and alicublog
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 …
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
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