August 2013

Aug 28, 2013

Fifty Years After March on Washington, Economic Gap Between Blacks, Whites Persists

By Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post

Even as racial barriers have tumbled and the nation has grown wealthier and better educated, the economic disparities separating blacks and whites remain as wide as they were when marchers assembled on the Mall in 1963.

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President, Not Preacher, but Speaking More on Race

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

Sitting in the Roosevelt Room with prominent African-American religious leaders, President Obama on Monday mused about how far the nation had come in the 50 years since the March on Washington led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how far it still had to go.

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Syrian Hackers Take Credit for NY Times Web Breach

With Pierre Thomas, ABC News

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Imminent U.S. Strike on Syria Could Draw Nation into Civil War

By Ernesto Londoño and Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

An imminent U.S. strike on Syrian government targets in response to the alleged gassing of civilians last week has the potential to draw the United States into the country’s civil war, former U.S. officials said Tuesday, warning that history doesn’t bode well for such limited retaliatory interventions.

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U.S. Said to Weigh Legal Justification for Syria Attack

By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

The Obama administration is constructing the legal and political justification for a limited military strike on Syria that would demonstrate international censure against chemical weapons, according to a U.S. official.

Any action taken by the U.S. would have a narrow scope and not be aimed at taking out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the official said, contrasting it to the allied offensive in Libya that targeted Muammar Qaddafi. A strike would concentrate on Syria’s weapons capabilities.

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UN Seeks More Time for Syria Chemical Probe Before U.S. Strike

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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Aug 27, 2013

Obama Honors Soldier for Bravery Under Fire, and Afterward

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

For generations, soldiers have been honored at the White House for valor under fire. And no one questions the heroism of Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, who raced through a hail of bullets to rescue a wounded comrade and helped keep Taliban fighters from overrunning a combat post in Afghanistan.

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King Anniversary Puts a Spotlight on Obama and Civil Rights

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed his dream of freedom and equality from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the first African American president will stand in his place to celebrate that mountaintop moment.

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Sec. Lew: White House Will Not Negotiate Debt Limit

With John Harwood, CNBC

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Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims

By Ben Hubbard, Mark Mazzetti and Mark Landler, The New York Times

Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe.

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Obama Mulling Response to WMD Use in Syria

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama worked Monday to muster a coordinated international response to retaliate against Syria’s apparent deadly use of chemical weapons near Damascus on Aug. 21.

Faced with video evidence and some first-person accounts of lethal gassing, and under renewed pressure to react, the president weighed options as Syria’s more than two-year-old civil war crossed the “red line” Obama laid out a year ago.

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US Military Commanders Await Green Light for Syria Attacks

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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