Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS: 

Ann Curry interviews new Iranian president

Hassan Rouhani told the NBC News correspondent that he will not develop nuclear weapons. He sat down with her Wednesday in his first interview with a U.S. news outlet since his election in June. 

Navy Yard shooter carved messages into his gun

Aaron Alexis, the shooter who allegedly killed 12 people in Washington’s Navy Yard Monday carved “bizarre phrases” into the stock of his shotgun before the massacre, according to The Washington Post

Assad’s chemical weapons could wind up in Russia?

A senior State Department official suggested in Geneva that Russia could be tasked with destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal, according to Foreign Policy’s R. Jeffrey Smith. Their isolation and destruction is at the core of the diplomatic deal Russia and the United States proposed. 

Federal $33 million grant to prevent Alzheimer’s 

The New York Times reports the federal government has announced it’s giving $33.2 million to help fund a clinical to test a treatment on patients who have symptoms of the disease. 

Russia says it has proof rebels behind chemical attack

Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports Syria has handed over new evidence that shows rebels were responsible for the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs last month. 

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House cancels late September recess

The Hill’s Erik Wassons reports the House has canceled the recess it had scheduled late this month in order to consider a government spending bill needed to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1. 

White House says GOP engaged in an ‘all-out civil war’

Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday the administration accuses Speaker Boehner of appeasing a small group of House conservatives to consider a government spending bill that would defund Obamacare. The Hill’s Justin Sink reports. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

GOP’s ObamaCare plan isn’t serious

Jonathan Strong in the National Review reports that GOP House leadership does not think backers of a plan to tie ObamaCare to a government-funding bill are taking the effort seriously.


McKeon’s op-ed on Putin

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his own op-ed, The Daily Beast reports.


Abortion fights hits New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico, will become the first city to push a municipal ban on Abortion, Reuters reports.  


The NRA’s silence

Brian Beutler of Salon attempts to explain why the National Rifle Association tends to remain silent after mass shootings. 


NSA or NASA?

Agence France-Presse reports that Brazilian hackers mixed up the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


OTHER NEWS SOURCES

Jackson Jr.’s belongings set for auction

The Hill’s Jonathan Easley details some of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) belongings that are being auctioned off to help pay off the $750,000 he was charged with stealing from his campaign


Brazil visit to be determined 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff postponed a state visit to the White House after charges of U.S. spying. No new date was scheduled, Julian Pecquet reports for The Hill.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Obama previously declined Syrian rebels’ requests for gas masks

The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin reports Syrian opposition groups had requested a year ago that the U.S. provide them with gas masks and chemical weapons protection gear, and the administration said no. 

McCain may have penned op-ed for the wrong ‘Pravda’

CNN reports the senator from Arizona may have submitted an op-ed responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed to the wrong Russian newspaper. 

Robert Gates has written a book on ‘political wars’

The former defense secretary, USA Today reports, has a book coming out Jan. 14. He writes about his “political war with Congress” each day he was in office. 

George Stephanopoulos flew to Beirut to interview Assad, but it was then called off

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter says the ABC News anchor was invited by the Assad government to interview the Syrian president as a rebuttal to President Obama’s speech to the nation on Syria last week. But after he flew to Lebanon, Assad canceled the meeting. 

Martha Coakley to run for Massachusetts governor

The state’s attorney general, a Democrat, announced her run for governor in a video on her campaign website Monday. The Boston Globe first reported the news Sunday. 

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Navy evaluating security at other bases

Navy leaders, The Hill’s Carlo Munoz says, is looking at security measures at their other bases and installations in the wake of the mass shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard Monday. 

Obama accuses GOP of “irresponsibility” on debt ceiling

The Hill’s Justin Sink reports President Obama said Monday Republicans have an unwillingness to compromise over the budget as Congress debates looming fiscal issues. 


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FROM THE BLOGS:

The roots of American exceptionalism
Carl Cannon at RealClearPolitics has a primer that Russian President Vladmir Putin might benefit from reading.

The Republican resurgence
Ben Domenech at The Transom breaks down the latest polling data that shows Americans rejecting President Obama’s leadership.

The GOP’s undeserved comeback
Noah Rothman at Mediaite says the GOP hasn’t earned its return to favor.

How Dems view the fiscal fight
Greg Sargent at The Plum Line breaks down how Democrats plan to play off tension in the House GOP Caucus.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Conservative groups line up behind bill to defund ObamaCare
Sam Baker at The Hill reports on the groundswell of conservative support to use ObamaCare as leverage in the fiscal fight.

Lawmaker says he arm-wrestled Putin after drinking too much
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says the Russian president put him down in a millisecond, Rebecca Shabad at The Hill reports. 

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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Huma Abedin rejoins Clinton camp

Hunter Walker at Talking Points Memo reports Anthony Weiner’s wife has returned to her position as director of Hillary Clinton’s transition office. 

Mark Zuckerberg to meet with House GOP

The Facebook founder and CEO, Mashable reports, will meet with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Sept. 19 to discuss immigration reform. 

US Government not ready for a ‘catastrophic’ terror attack

Norm Ornstein argues in The Atlantic that even though 12 years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, there’s no plan in place if the country is hit again. He recommends three things that should be done, including adopting a constitutional amendment to allow emergency interim appointments to Congress if it’s disrupted. 

2013 Kennedy Center honorees announced

Actress Shirley MacLaine and four musicians — Billy Joel, Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana — will receive the honors, The Associated Press reports. President Obama will host them at the White House in December. 

Ex-MI6 Officer downplays effect of Snowden leaks

A former senior British secret intelligence officer said Thursday he doesn’t believe the U.S. government documents Edward Snowden leaked did much damage to the United Kingdom’s security. The Guardian reports


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Pentagon extends deployments of Navy warships in Mediterranean 

Two American warships based in the Middle East have been directed to stay put, Carlos Muñoz at The Hill reports, as the White House hangs on to military strikes as a potential course of action. 

Recalled Colorado senator blames loss on voter suppression

The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports state Sen. Angela Giron (D) said she was ousted from office Tuesday as a result of the National Rife Association’s influence. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

A plea for caution from Russia
Vladimir Putin writes a controversial op-ed in The New York Times urging caution from the U.S. on a proposed military strike against Syria.

Obama’s foreign policy is a failure
James Carafano at Fox News says Obama is practicing “meat ball foreign policy.”

Obama’s actions have worked in Syria
Fareed Zakaria writes at The Washington Post that whether by luck or by skill, the president has reinforced international norms in Syria.

Obama’s stunning incompetence
Joe Klein at Time says the president has bungled the administration’s response to the crisis in Syria.

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Menendez said Putin op-ed made him want ‘to vomit’
Rebecca Shabad at The Hill has a report on a leading Democrat’s response to Putin’s plea.

Obama remains hopeful on talks with Russia
The president is optimistic that despite recent struggles, the U.S. and Russia will find common ground on Syria, Alexander Bolton at The Hill reports.

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FROM THE BLOGS:
Scott Brown's healthcare flip-flop - Eric Kleefeld, TPMDC
Is this goodbye, Harry? - Bonnie Goldstein, Politics Daily
GOP pushes to broadcast health debate - Jillian Bandes, Townhall
Beck fudges TSA nominee's record - Media Matters
Google's moral triumph - Jillian Melchior, contentions
SCOTUS: Prop 8 trial will not be broadcast - Adam B, Daily Kos
Can someone silence Christina Romer? - Veronique de Rugy, The Corner
Haitians asked for it - Andrew Sullivan, Daily Dish
As the wingnuts turn - digby, Hullabaloo
Apology accepted - John McCormack, Weekly Standard
Brown consultant rejects a friendly wager - Jonathan Singer, MyDD
The new Ford model - Jacob Sullum, Hit and Run
An illegal ad for Brown? - Dave Weigel, Wash. Independent
Palin defenders ignore revelations - Jonathan Chait, The Plank
Robertson is a consistent crank - Allahpundit, Hot Air

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Congress echoes Obama's call, offers key support to Haiti - The Hill
Obama trying to 'force some decisions' on healthcare measure - The Hill
Nations rush to help in quake's aftermath - Washington Post
Reid faces battles in Washington and at home - New York Times 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Why this veteran will vote against a US strike in Syria
Writing in The Detroit News, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Md.), who served in the Vietnam and Iraq wars, lays out his case for voting against action in Syria.

Congress must vote to punish Assad
Clive Crook writes at Newsday that Congress must punish the Syrian President Bashar Assad to uphold the moral prohibition on chemical weapon use.

How Boehner can salvage his Speakership
Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine says that if rumors of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) retirement are true, he might be able to get a few things done on his way out by thumbing his nose at the Tea Party.

Obama loses touch with reality
Peter Wehner at Commentary takes President Obama to task for claiming he didn’t set a "red line" in Syria.

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Obama cancels LA trip as ‘no’ votes pile up
The president’s Hollywood fundraiser is on hold as he works to convince skeptical lawmakers on the merits of a strike against Syria, The Hill’s Justin Sink reports.

Senators to view CIA video of Syrian gas victims
Jeremy Herb at The Hill reports that the CIA will show lawmakers the effects of last month’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Rush Holt for NJ Senate

Doctor Science at Obsidian Wings endorses Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) for deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) Senate seat.

Christie and the foreign policy debate in the GOP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) spat with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) about the Republican Party on foreign policy was really about Christie's desire to bolster his national security credibility, Daniel Larison argues at his blog at The American Conservative.

Retiring GOP congressman: Fundraising is the main business of Congress

At Mother Jones, Andy Kroll highlights comments by retiring Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) on the pressure of congressional lawmakers to be fundraising constantly.

Parents, not government, know how to feed their children

Luke Beckman at The Foundry criticizes a tax proposal by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) that prohibits businesses from receiving tax deductions in exchange for selling "poor nutritional quality" food.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert to challenge Sen. John Cornyn? So Tea Partyers hope so

Texas Tea Partyers are urging Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to run against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) even though Gohmert said he wasn't interested, the Dallas Morning News's Emily Wilkins writes.

Obama's Vineyard vacation rental is investor's estate

President Obama is going back to Martha's Vineyard for vacation in August and staying at the home of Democratic Party donor and investment banker David Schulte, according to Bloomberg's Lisa Lerer.

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DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

A few theories on why Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post

The Business Insider's Henry Blodget offers a few reasons on why Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos may have bought The Washington Post.

Christie's target was libertarianism

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) fire-starting comments on libertarianism were intentional, argues The American Conservative's Daniel Larison.

That time a federal agent's cover was a gorilla

At Grist, Sarah Laskow recounts a bizarre story of a federal agent impersonating a gorilla.

The need for immigrants

At Redstate John Hayward highlights a recent essay by John McLaughlin titled "Do We Need More Immigrants?"


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Bentivolio getting primary challenger

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who previously was a Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer rancher, appears to have a primary challenger, according to a report.

GOP 2016 hopefuls already eyeing primary states

A trio of potentially strong Republican 2016 presidential candidates have already started traveling to key primary states, The Hill's Mario Trujillo writes.

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