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8:35 PM ET, September 14, 2013


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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Reach Deal to Destroy Syria's Chemical Arms  —  GENEVA — The United States and Russia reached a sweeping agreement on Saturday that called for Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014 and indefinitely stalled the prospect of American airstrikes.
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Obama's Larger Syria Strategy in Disarray  —  After 2½ years of civil war in Syria, President Barack Obama's larger policy is in disarray even as his administration, with help from Russia, averted a military showdown for the time being.  —  In an address to the American people …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
CNN:   U.S., Russia agree to framework on Syria chemical weapons
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Syria: US and Russia agree chemical weapons deal
Associated Press:
US-Russia reach agreement on Syria weapons
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
U.N. report expected to confirm chemical arms used in Syria: Ban
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Arguments of the Great Recession Are Over.  Hooray.  —  Five years after the financial crisis, the general expert consensus is that the Obama administration did a good but not great response job.  The financial rescue measures saved the banking system from wreaking deep, widespread destruction …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Prairie Weather
Mann and Ornstein: “Brighter future for politics and policy requires a different Republican Party”  —  The Republicans have become a party beholden to zealots — with little respect for science, facts or compromise  —  From the perspective of November 7, the day after the election, change looked promising.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Brad DeLong
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bill Maher: U.S. looking like Zimmerman  —  Liberal comedian Bill Maher said Friday the U.S. is looking “more like George Zimmerman” with regards to military force and criticized arguments over intervention in Syria.  —  “Forget the Syria debate, we need a debate on why we're always debating whether to bomb someone.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama to mark anniversary of US financial crisis  —  President Obama will speak Monday from the White House Rose Garden to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis and highlight his administration's response to it.  —  Although the nation's housing market began teetering as early as 2006 …
Discussion: Politico
The Atlantic Online:
How to Make School Better for Boys  —  Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.  —  I recently appeared on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss the new edition of my book The War Against Boys.  The four hosts were having none of it.  A war on boys?
Discussion: Althouse and Via Meadia
Claire Bigg / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Gay Man In Russia Apparently Raped By Vigilantes On Video  —  A video depicting a man being raped with a bottle has surfaced on social media, in what appears to be the latest assault on Russia's beleaguered homosexual community.  —  The series of short clips, making the rounds …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
John Boehner Has A Little Problem With His FEC Disclosures  —  Way back in 2009 I had a look at John Boehner's FEC disclosures for his Freedom Project PAC and wondered then whether anyone would take notice of how popular he was with corporate PAC donors.  It's taken four long years …
Allen McDuffee / Wired:
DARPA's Plan to Flood the Sea With Drones, Carrying More Drones  —  DARPA, the Pentagon's research agency, has recently revealed its plans to boost the Navy's response to threats in international waters by developing submerged unmanned platforms that can be deployed at a moment's notice.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Steyn / National Review:
American Ineffectualism  —  For generations, eminent New York Times wordsmiths have swooned over foreign strongmen, from Walter Duranty's Pulitzer-winning paeans to the Stalinist utopia to Thomas L. Friedman's more recent effusions to the “enlightened” Chinese Politburo.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Booman Tribune
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Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Jody Rosen / New York Times:
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Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Administration rejects labor's request for ObamaCare subsidies
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Obamacare D-Day becomes a soft launch
Discussion: Weasel Zippers