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10:30 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.
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 …
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.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Panetta says Putin should be last person to lecture US  —  Panetta, who also served as CIA director under President Obama, said Putin is trying to gain the upper hand ahead of negotiations to get Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.  —  “I think it is pretty clear that the whole purpose …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
U.N. Leader Admits Failure to Halt Syrian Atrocities
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
The world now has a chance to end war in Syria
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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
A revolt by tea party conservatives forced House GOP leaders …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's Obamacare obsession is destroying the Republican Party
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
PR Newswire:
IBT Media Names Jim Impoco the Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek  —  IBT Media (, an international digital-only news company that acquired Newsweek in August, today announced Jim Impoco as the Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek.  —  A veteran journalist for over 20 years …
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.
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.
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Trader Joe's To Drop Health Coverage For Part-Time Workers Under Obamacare: Memo
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Tea Party Extends Focus to Include Rallying Against a Syria Strike  —  At the regular Peace Vigil in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, some unusual newcomers joined the bearded, longtime war protesters waving signs with doves and “War Is Not the Answer”: a contingent from Indiana's Clark County Tea Party Patriots …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Tea Party Increasingly Unhappy with GOP Leadership
Discussion: Politico and The Fix
Kenya discovers huge water source  —  A huge new water source has been discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya, which could supply the country for 70 years, the government says.  —  The discovery brings hope to the drought-hit region, tweeted Environment Minister Judi Wakhungu.
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 …
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Benghazi Conspiracy Rally On Capitol Hill Attracts Dozens Of People
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Ted Cruz: “We Need 100 More Like Jesse Helms”
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Health-care ‘data hub’ is ready, White House officials say
Barbara Buono / CNN:
Christie releases first ad, spends $1.5 million
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Approval of Congress Up to 19% in September
Discussion: Right Turn, Politico, The Hill and
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Laurel and Hardy Presidency
Sue Palmer / Telegraph:
The Government should stop intervening in early education
Discussion:, Guardian and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conservatives use Sept. 11 to attack Obama
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
The Gun Control Moment Passes
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Sen. Corker: Obama ‘uncomfortable’ as Commander in Chief
Discussion: Politico
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Harvard's Gender Bender
Discussion: DealBook
Meredith Somers / Washington Times:
‘2 Million Bikers’ roar into D.C. to honor 9/11, protest Muslim rally
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O'Bagy fired for resume lie
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on the Colorado recalls