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6:35 AM ET, September 9, 2013

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Kerry says Saudi Arabia has agreed to support military strike against Syria  —  LONDON — The Obama administration picked up new international endorsements Sunday for a military strike against Syria as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied his government had used chemical weapons and warned …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and CNN
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sen. Tom Udall: ‘My heart is broken’ by Syrian videos  —  An opponent of President Obama's plan to launch a military mission into Syria said that new videos seeming to show the victims of chemical weapons attacks do not change his mind.  —  “My heart is broken when I see that video …
Discussion: Reuters, Crooks and Liars and The Hill
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
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Rand Paul lays out demands ahead of potential Syria filibuster
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, BuzzFeed and Politico
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
McKeon says he would vote for Syria action if sequestration fixed
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Democratic Daily
Politico:
Denis McDonough confronts Syria skepticism
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
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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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Pundit Shuts Down Network's Hysteria Over Benghazi: 'It's Gone, Baby.  It's In Your Head'  —  Fox News' Juan Williams tersely dismissed the GOP's year-long effort to implicate the Obama administration in a so-called “cover-up” of the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi …
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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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Jarrett pledges administration support to finish silica rule
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press  —  Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks  —  President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus …
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Alexandra Hudson / Reuters:   Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission: paper
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: BBC and NBCNews
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Benghazi Whistleblower: I've Been ‘Punished’ for Speaking Out  —  Gregory Hicks, the former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya who testified before Congress about the 9/11 attacks on an American diplomatic facility earlier this year, believes he has been “punished” for speaking …
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Monthly:
Surveillance and Arrogance  —  There is plenty to read about the National Security Agency's success in co-opting most commercial encryption technology (see these summaries by Ryan Cooper and Matt Buchanan).  I have just one thing to add.  —  President Obama has said that he welcomes a debate …
Discussion: emptywheel
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
POLITICO publisher buys Capital New York  —  In an ambitious play for the New York market, POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton has purchased the online news site Capital New York, with plans to make “a substantial investment” in the business and more than quadruple staff.
Fox News:
Early turnout strong in Colorado recall effort on gun-control legislation  —  FILE: Sept. 4, 2013: Supporters of the recall election to oust state Senate President John Morse rally outside the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo.AP  —  Colorado residents go to the polls Tuesday to vote …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Chris Huhne / Guardian:
People despise politicians - but whose fault is that?
Camilla Tominey / Daily Express:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Prince Andrew held at gunpoint in Buckingham Palace terror
Discussion: Guardian, NPR, Gawker and BBC
New York Post:
Kennedy journal full of mistresses and Catholic guilt
Discussion: Gothamist
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pulling the Curtain Back on Syria
Discussion: Politico
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Cruz: Deaths In Syria Are A Distraction From Benghazi Scandal
Discussion: The Raw Story
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Israel deploys Iron Dome near Jerusalem
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Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran, Syria and Hezbollah planning response to attack on Syria
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Barry's War Within
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Here's Michele Bachmann thanking the Egyptian military for the coup and crackdowns
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 

 
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