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12:50 AM ET, September 12, 2013


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Vladimir V. Putin / New York Times:
What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria  —  MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.  It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on the Colorado recalls  —  We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42.  In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll.
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Colorado Recalls Explained
Exclusive: The Koch brothers' secret bank  —  An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.  —  The group, Freedom Partners …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's Obamacare obsession is destroying the Republican Party  —  Conservatives' Ahab-like determination to destroy Obamacare is actually obliterating their own party  —  The right's Ahab-like determination to destroy Obamacare has so thoroughly overtaken the conservative wing of the GOP …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House GOP to delay vote on government funding measure
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   A revolt by tea party conservatives forced House GOP leaders …
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Trader Joe's To Drop Health Coverage For Part-Time Workers Under Obamacare: Memo  —  After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe's has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Who would get blamed for government shutdown?  —  Washington (CNN) - With the clock ticking towards two crucial deadlines, a new national poll indicates congressional Republicans would shoulder more blame than President Barack Obama for a possible government shutdown.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Obamacare enrollment rules for Hill staff may be delayed
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O'Bagy fired for resume lie  —  The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying …
Susannah George / BuzzFeed:
Controversial Syria Researcher Fired Over Doctorate Claim  —  Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to the Syrian opposition had become an issue.  Think Tank founder says she had “no problem” with O'Bagy's affiliation.  —  A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
WATCH: College Students Chase David Petraeus and Shout at Him on First Day of Class  —  Recent video shows former CIA director David Petraeus being chased down a New York City street by student activists at the City University of New York.  —  As BusinessInsider reported …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
Rich Lowry / National Review:
NR v. Booker  —  Newark mayor Cory Booker has a very active imagination.  Eliana Johnson demonstrated that with her report on Booker's moving, highly detailed accounts of his involvement with “T-Bone,” a hard-luck drug dealer who Booker admitted to a friend is a fiction.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
National Review to get Wazn Miller docs
Discussion: National Review
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown To Part Ways  —  A source with direct knowledge of the situation says IAC does not plan to renew Tina Brown's contract when it expires in January.  A decision has not yet been made on the future of The Daily Beast.  —  Jason Kempin / FilmMagic
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Tina Brown to leave Daily Beast, start new company
Dana Bash / CNN:
Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Bob Corker, one of the few Senate Republicans who's been eager to work with the White House on domestic and international issues like Syria, expressed utter disappointment in the president's handling of Syria and …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Sen. Corker: Obama ‘uncomfortable’ as Commander in Chief
Discussion: Politico
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
DIPLOMATS MOVE ON 2 FRONTS ON SYRIA WEAPONS  —  You are here  —  Home » Bashar Assad » Diplomats move on 2 fronts on Syria weapons  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Key international players were moving on two diplomatic fronts Wednesday to try to put Syria's chemical weapons under …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Kerry To Host Henry Kissinger, Foreign Affairs Experts As Syria Deal Looms
Ron Fournier /
Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama  —  This security crisis put the president's best and worst attributes on display for the whole world to judge.  —  The good news is we're not at war.  The bad news is ... almost everything else about President Obama's handling of Syria …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama's speech may not have sounded novel, but the president may have helped his cause in unexpected ways.
Discussion: Guardian, The Week, NBCNews and Bloomberg
NSA shares raw intelligence with Israel  —  • Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis  —  • Only official US government communications protected  —  • Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy  —  • Read the NSA and Israel's ‘memorandum of understanding’
Tom Junod / Esquire:
THE FALLING MAN  —  Do you remember this photograph?  In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001.  The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.  —  SPECIAL OFFER
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Companies lay off thousands, then demand immigration reform for new labor  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS IMMIGRATION LABOR JOHN BOEHNER NANCY PELOSI  —  On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner …
Meredith Somers / Washington Times:
‘2 Million Bikers’ roar into D.C. to honor 9/11, protest Muslim rally  —  Thousands of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a controversial Muslim rally on the Mall.
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David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
Mo. Lawmakers Deciding Veto Override on Gun Bill
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House calling union leaders ahead of vote on ObamaCare resolution
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Tea Party Increasingly Unhappy with GOP Leadership
Discussion: The Fix and Politico
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Ban New Coal Plants Without Carbon Controls
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics extends probe on three lawmakers, clears Tierney
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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David Dayen / Salon:
The jerks got away with it! 5 years after economic collapse, they're still smiling
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Impolitic
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
The Scariest Question For Anthony Weiner: What's Next?
David DesRosiers / Washington Times:
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New York Times:
Homeland Confusion  —  NO single event in the last half-century …
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