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6:40 PM ET, September 15, 2013


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David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Summers Withdraws Name for Fed Chairmanship  —  Former Treasury Secretary Calls Obama, Cites ‘Acrimonious’ Coming Confirmation  —  WASHINGTON— Lawrence Summers, a former U.S. Treasury secretary, called President Barack Obama Sunday to say he is pulling out of the contest to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Ben White / Politico:
Dem opposition dooms Larry Summers' Fed candidacy  —  Larry Summers on Sunday withdrew his name from consideration as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a defeat for President Barack Obama who could not convince members of his own party to shelve their opposition to his former top economic adviser.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Larry Summers withdraws name from Fed consideration  —  Former White House economic adviser and Treasury secretary Lawrence H. Summers has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday.  —  President Obama had been strongly …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama Rejects Criticism of Shifting Syria Policy: 'I'm Less Concerned About Style Points'  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked “smooth and disciplined and linear,” but it's working.
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Obama Obliterates The Republican Myth That Putin Saved Him on Syria  —  On ABC's This Week, President Obama destroyed the Republican created myth that Putin saved him on Syria, and obliterated the GOP talking points on the issue.  —  Transcript via This Week:
ABC News:
Full Transcript: President Obama Speaks Exclusively to George Stephanopoulos on ‘This Week’  —  Alexander Vilf/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images … GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  —  Great to see you.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:
Discussion: Hullabaloo, PoliticusUSA and Guardian
Margaret Wente / Globe and Mail:
Barack Obama, the 98-pound weakling
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Power Line
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama Calls GOP Debt Ceiling Demands an Assault on US ‘Constitutional Structure’
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Russia deal opens door to end Syrian civil war, says Rep. Cummings
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Obama on Syria criticism: Washington grades on style, not substance
Pamela Falk / CBS News:
Syrian chemical weapons agreement bound for United Nations Security Council
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Former Football Player Who May Have Been Seeking Help After A Car Crash  —  The wreckage of the car that Jonathan Ferrell, 24, had pulled himself out of before seeking help, only to be shot fatally by police.  —  Officer Randall Kerrick, 27 …
The Charlotte Observer:
CMPD officer charged in fatal shooting  —  —  A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man early Saturday has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and is in custody …
Charlotte police kill unarmed man who may have been running to them for help
Discussion: WREG-TV
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
ABC News panel laughs out loud after GOP rep. says Obamacare delay is a ‘favor’ to Obama  —  An ABC News panel on Sunday could not contain their laughter at a Republican congressman's straight-faced assertion that his party would be doing President Barack Obama a “favor” …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Angry House Republicans demand better communication from their leaders  —  Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders.  —  Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: Politico
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Global warming is just HALF what we said: World's top climate scientists admit computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong  —  A leaked copy of the world's most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong.
Spiegel Online:
NSA Spies on International Payments  —  The United States' NSA intelligence agency is interested in international payments processed by companies including Visa, SPIEGEL has learned.  It has even set up its own financial database to track money flows through a “tailored access operations” division.
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Aaron Hicklin / Advocate:
Have We Got Matthew Shepard All Wrong?
Discussion: WND, Ed Driscoll and The Gateway Pundit
Sebastian Junger / Washington Post:
When the best chance for peace means war
Discussion: normblog
Frank Phillips / The Boston Globe:
Coakley's entry will add to crowded gubernatorial field
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
Russia Is Persuaded to Alter Statement to Call for Inclusion
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Big U.S. banks keeping door open to another financial crisis
Discussion: Hot Air
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Richard Sisk /
Securing Syria's Weapons May Require US Troops
New York Times:
Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike
Discussion: Hot Air, JustOneMinute and E2-Wire
Richard Dawkins / New York Times:
By the Book  —  What's the best book you've read so far this year?
Discussion: Althouse
Bjørn Lomborg / Washington Post:
Don't blame climate change for extreme weather
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Pirate's Cove
James J. Heckman / Opinionator:
Lifelines for Poor Children