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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.
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Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Sen. Menendez reacts to Putin's op-ed: I wanted to vomit  —  The night before a high stakes diplomatic meeting in Geneva, where Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart will talk over a plan for stripping Syria of chemical weapons, The New York Times published an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Politico:
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 …
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's Obamacare obsession is destroying the Republican Party
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
A revolt by tea party conservatives forced House GOP leaders …
Washington Post:
U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels  —  The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures.  The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks …
Colum Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.N. Report Will Point to Assad Regime in Massive Chemical Attack  —  U.N. inspectors have collected a “wealth” of evidence on the use of nerve agents that points to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people, according to a senior Western official.
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New York Times:
U.N. Leader Admits Failure to Halt Syrian Atrocities  —  Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, said Wednesday that the organization was responsible for a “collective failure” to halt more than two years of atrocious violence in Syria, and he expressed hope that the crisis …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
DIPLOMATS MOVE ON 2 FRONTS ON SYRIA WEAPONS
Discussion: Daily Kos
Desiree Stennett / Orlando Sentinel:
Pastor Terry Jones arrested with thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans, deputies say  —  Controversial Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones, known for his plans to publicly burn copies of the Muslim holy book, was arrested Wednesday with thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans, authorities said.
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Reports: Terry Jones arrested with 2,998 kerosene-soaked Korans
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signals shift back to economic focus  —  The White House is signaling it wants to shift back to the economy after two weeks in which the Syrian crisis has dominated President Obama's schedule and workload.  —  Obama will be “focusing” on issues related to the economy in the coming weeks …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House calling union leaders ahead of vote on ObamaCare resolution
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
New York Times:
Democrats Press Thompson to Forsake a Runoff  —  Mayoral Election: What Happens Next?:  Bill de Blasio has a commanding lead over William C. Thompson Jr. after the Democratic primary in New York City.  The winner will face Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican candidate.
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Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
Bill de Blasio's Full-Spectrum Victory
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 …
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TIME:
Obama and Syria: Stumbling Toward Damascus  —  The President's uneven Syria response has damaged his office and weakened the nation.  It's time for one more pivot  —  By Joe Klein @JoeKleinTIMESept.  11, 2013  —  On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks …
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.
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Trader Joe's To Drop Health Coverage For Part-Time Workers Under Obamacare: Memo
Washington Post:
D.C. executive linked to secret 2008 aid to Hillary Clinton  —  The D.C. businessman at the center of an ongoing city corruption investigation secretly spent more than a half-million dollars on get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to interviews and court documents filed Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Lois Lerner's Own Words  —  Emails undercut the official IRS story on political targeting.  —  Congress's investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it's turning up news.  Emails unearthed by the House Ways …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Sen. Corker: Obama ‘uncomfortable’ as Commander in Chief  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said President Obama is a “diminished” leader on Capitol Hill and “uncomfortable” being commander in chief.  —  Corker —the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who helped write …
Discussion: Politico
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Dana Bash / CNN:   Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility
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 …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Laurel and Hardy Presidency  —  After the Syrian slapstick, it's time to sober up U.S. foreign policy.  —  After writing in the London Telegraph that Monday was “the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began,” former British ambassador Charles Crawford asked simply: “How has this happened?”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of Congress Up to 19% in September  —  Highest job approval rating in nearly a year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans remain highly critical of the job Congress is doing, but the 19% who approve is up significantly from 14% last month, and the highest in any month since October 2012.
Discussion: Right Turn, Politico, The Hill and msnbc.com
 
 
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
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