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8:55 PM ET, September 10, 2013

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Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad  —  This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The White House may really be about to win on Syria  —  The AP tweets:  —  Assuming that sticks, it's game.  The White House just achieved its goal.  —  Remember: The White House's aim here wasn't to topple Assad, or even hurt him.  It was to affirm and reinforce the international norm against chemical weapons.
RT:
Putin: Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Syria's chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against Damascus.  —  “Certainly, this is all reasonable …
Charles Crawford / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Syria, chemical weapons, and the worst day in Western diplomatic history  —  Monday 9 September, 2013, was the worst day for US and wider Western diplomacy since records began.  —  At the Foreign Office here in London we had the bizarre spectacle of US Secretary of State John Kerry giving …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Administration Changes Russian Proposal's Origin Story  —  Back-dating a policy.  —  From left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify at the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, Sept. 10, 2013.
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Making Sense of Syria  —  This is what I think we're seeing:  —  The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria.  But he can't acknowledge this or act as if it is true.  He is acting and talking as if he's coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Politico:
Obama wants Congress to delay Syria vote
Politico:
Obama's opportunity in Syria
Discussion: CNN
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Obama backs UN effort on Syria as new resolution prepared
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Syria's plan to give up its chemical weapons could make things worse, not better
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Parsing Syria Developments Ahead of Obama's Address
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Vladimir Putin: No U.S. strikes for Syria deal
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Syria accepts Russian proposal on weapons; France to bring resolution to Security Council
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘A Grand Betrayal’: Conservatives Slam GOP's Gambit On Defunding Obamacare  —  The initial reviews from conservatives Tuesday are in and they're staunchly negative.  The proposed House Republican plan to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare — while removing the threat …
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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Fight Delayed  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent 90 percent of a presentation to House Republicans in the Capitol basement this morning explaining and defending his convoluted plan to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare before eventually allowing the upper chamber to send a “clean” CR to President Obama.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Pushes New Gambit To Defund Obamacare
Michael T / ODNI Newsroom Feed:
DNI Clapper Declassifies Intelligence Community Documents Regarding Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)  —  In June of this year, President Obama directed me to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive …
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David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
Cenk Uygur to Dana Perino: 'You're wrong, I'm right.  Get the f*ck out of the country'  —  On Monday's edition of “The Young Turks,” host Cenk Uygur sent a special message to former White House spokesperson Dana Perino, who last week said she is “tired” of atheists demanding that Christian ideology be separated from public policy.
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
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Daniel Burke / CNN:
Fox News host: Atheists 'don't have to live here'
Discussion: The Raw Story
Stefan Becket / New York Magazine:
Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm [Updated]  —  Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him.
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Amanda Watts / CNN:
Bride: I pushed my husband off cliff  —  (CNN) — A woman in Montana is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff after an argument.  The pair had been married for just more than a week.  —  Jordan Linn Graham made an initial appearance in court Monday to face a charge of second-degree murder.
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia,” says it does not cause “lasting harm”  —  The biologist and author described the sexual abuse that occurred among his former classmates as “mild touching up”  —  In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called …
Jim DeMint / Fox News:
America, we must stop ObamaCare before it becomes hazardous to our health  —  New York's famous 42nd Street will offer natives and visitors a new sight later this week: a mammoth, six-story billboard with a striking message: “Warning—Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Matt Gutman / ABC News:
George Zimmerman's Lawyer Mark O'Mara Quits … George Zimmerman's lawyer said today he will no longer represent the man acquitted of murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.  —  The announcement came one day after Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, called police to say that Zimmerman …
Michael S. Greve / Library of Law & Liberty:
Yoo to Conservatives: Reverse Course  —  The latest issue of the National Review has an article by Berkeley law prof John Yoo that invites serious thought and discussion—very serious thought.  Here's the gist:  —  In the Reagan era, conservatives stood for a “unitary executive” …
John Ingold / Denver Post:
COLORADO FIRST STATE IN COUNTRY TO FINALIZE RULES FOR RECREATIONAL POT  —  In 136 small-type pages, Colorado this week became the first state in the country to adopt final rules for recreational marijuana businesses.  —  The rules, released late Monday, cover everything from pot shop licensing …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some  —  This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change.  Scientists will soon meet in Stockholm to put the finishing touches on the document, and behind the scenes, two big fights are brewing.
David Von Drehle / TIME:
Colorado's Civil War  —  A recall election turned a local fight into the latest front in the national gun control debate  —  All politics is local, the saying goes.  But is it true anymore?  Voters in Colorado may decide today.  —  Bigfoot out-of-towners have been pouring tons of money …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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