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6:15 PM 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.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Story Behind the Putin Op-Ed Article in The Times  —  A Times reader, Lawrence DeVine, has a few questions about The Times's publication of an Op-Ed article in Thursday's paper by Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.  He asks: “Did he call up the editorial page editor and say …
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Here's What Went Unmentioned in Putin's New York Times Op-Ed  —  It takes some balls for a man who started two wars to reach out to the American people on 9/11 and plead for peace.  But since President Obama can't seem to find his way out of the corner he's painted himself into and since nature hates …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Ketchum Placed Controversial Putin Op-Ed  —  The PR firm's biggest Russia coup ever?  —  Ria Novosti / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The public relations firm Ketchum is responsible for placing a controversial editorial that appeared under Russian President Vladimir Putin's byline in the New York Times on Wednesday night.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Countering Putin, Rep. Israel pens column for Russian press  —  Vladimir Putin got his op-ed on Syria in the New York Times.  Now Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) thinks it's only fair for a Russian daily newspaper to run his response.  —  The DCCC chair on Thursday submitted a rebuttal article to Kommersant …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Obama on the path to success in Syria
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
Discussion: Hot Air
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
That Threat Worked
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney says White House ‘not surprised’ by Putin op-ed
Discussion: Politico
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Sen. Menendez reacts to Putin's op-ed: I wanted to vomit
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry demands Syria keep pledge to give up chemical weapons
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Rare Public View of Obama's Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Menendez says Putin op-ed made him want ‘to vomit’ (Video)
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Colum Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.N. Report Will Point to Assad Regime in Massive Chemical Attack
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes 235-191 to stop ObamaCare's insurance subsidies  —  The House has passed legislation aimed at preventing people from receiving health insurance subsidies under ObamaCare until a better system is put in place to verify who is eligible for those subsidies.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republican Anarchy Update  —  The House was scheduled to vote yesterday on a continuing resolution, which is a measure to not shut down the government.  Ultraconservatives have been demanding that the House refuse to continue funding the government unless President Obama agrees to defund Obamacare.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Dems Getting Ready to Roll Over on Budget Yet Again
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signals shift back to economic focus
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP's Obamacare quandary
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House GOP: United against Obama on Syria, divided on everything else
Discussion: The Plum Line
Andrew Maykuth /
Shale criminal charges stun drilling industry  —  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to prosecute a major Marcellus Shale natural-gas driller for a 2010 wastewater spill has sent shock waves through the industry.  —  But environmentalists Wednesday hailed the prosecution …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
The Rise of the New New Left  —  Bill de Blasio's win in New York's Democratic primary isn't a local story.  It's part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking.  By Peter Beinart  —  Maybe Bill de Blasio got lucky.  Maybe he only won because he cut a sweet ad featuring his biracial son.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In a Breathtaking First, NASA Craft Exits the Solar System  —  Since the launch of the Voyager satellites in 1977, Voyager 1 has traveled over 11.7 billion miles from the launchpad pictured here.  That is equivalent to traveling to the moon and back almost 25,000 times.
Discussion: The Week, GigaOM and The Daily Banter
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Ted Cruz: “We Need 100 More Like Jesse Helms”  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz started off his Wednesday speech on foreign policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation with a confession: His first political contribution was a $10 contribution to the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), when he was 10.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz: ‘We Need 100 More Like Jesse Helms’ In The Senate
Discussion: Rumproast, ThinkProgress and Right Turn
Amurdie / Duck of Minerva:
So, you want a job in policy?  —  I haven't worked a “real job” since being an undergrad.  However, I often get asked by undergrads for advice about preparations for real world policy jobs.  I recently asked my former PhD student, Kate Kidder, a research associate at the Center for a New American Security …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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.
Washington Post:
McAuliffe says he won't give back Thompson donation
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Montana Lt. Gov. “Accidentally” Liked Picture Of Breasts On Facebook — Then Quickly Scrubbed His Account  —  “Breasts.Proof men can multitask2” reads the image's caption that was liked by a top-tier Democratic recruit for U.S. Senate.  “This was spam,” a Montana Democrat says.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Fox's Shepard Smith to Lead Breaking News Division With New Show, Managing Editor Role  —  Mediaite has learned this afternoon that Fox News anchor Shepard Smith will expand his role at the network, overseeing a newly-established breaking news division, taking on the role as its managing editor …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Experts: White House H2O evidence murky  —  First lady Michelle Obama's new drive to get Americans to drink more water may seem unlikely to make waves, but it spills into areas that have stirred intense controversy among scientists, public health campaigners and environmentalists.
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 …
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Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Former negotiator: 100,000 settlers need to be evacuated
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Marijuana sellers unfairly penalized, say odd couple Norquist, Blumenauer
Discussion: Politico
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Mayor Gray vetoes ‘living wage’ bill aimed at Wal-Mart, setting up decisive council vote
Jim Walsh / MinnPost:
Fired after she came out to colleagues, Totino-Grace teacher leaves dissonance and silence behind
Victoria Gill / BBC:
Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Landmark peace vigil outside White House removed
Discussion: Washington Wire, NPR and
CBS New York:
CBS 2 Investigation: Underground — And Illegal — NYC Dinner Parties
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mediaite
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Fight To Prevent NSA Disclosures In Criminal Cases
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Laurel and Hardy Presidency
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Bloomberg