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- The Senate Foreign Relations Cmte on Wednesday "backed military action" against the regime of Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad "after two days of hearings, but not before changing the text of the resolution to stress the goal of strengthening Syrian rebels and weakening Assad" (Washington Post).
- Pres. Obama arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday for a G-20 summit, the "second stop" on his "3-day overseas trip" (AP).
- "Obama's top national security aides have recommended that the U.S. suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt in response to the Egyptian military's ouster of the country's first democratically elected leader, U.S. officials said Wednesday" (AP).
- In NYC Mayor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) launched her first attack ad, urging voters to "take a closer look" at the frontrunner, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) (release).
- Billionaire Tom Steyer "is putting another" $500K "into the effort to beat" VA GOV nominee Ken Cuccinelli (R), in the form of "a new ad that makes a broad attack" on Cuccinelli's "ethics" (Washington Post). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "will appear at a fundraiser in Richmond" on 9/16 for Cuccinelli (Tampa Bay Times).
- "In a move that surprised many but shocked almost no one," RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) "announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year," setting up "a potentially heated primary race" between two Dem "rising stars": Treas. Gina Raimondo (D) and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) (Providence Journal).
- MA AG Martha Coakley (D) "is edging closer to joining" the MA GOV race, "turning to the state party's leading political strategist to help assemble a potential campaign team" (Boston Globe).
- NE Aud. Mike Foley (R) "has told a few close supporters he has decided" to run for NE GOV, "scrambling a wide-open race that will grow even larger before the month is over" (Lincoln Journal Star).
- AL Gov. Robert Bentley (R) raised "nearly" $300K in Aug. and has $1.4M CoH (Montgomery Advertiser).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Chafee is out, but an intriguing Dem primary remains in RI GOV. The governor bowing out means the state's public employee unions, some of whom backed Chafee's independent bid in '10, will likely unite behind Taveras in the primary. Raimondo alienated the unions with her landmark pension reforms, and the labor movement will spend heavily in an attempt to block her path to the nomination.
• Quinn's attack ad against de Blasio comes just 6 days before a primary election that has been slipping away from her (and towards the public advocate) for weeks. It's likely to be too little, too late.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "The U.S. should not fight a war to save face. I will not vote to send young men and women to sacrifice life and limb for stalemate." -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Time).
- "Hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, a customer at a kosher bakery provoked the famously volatile" NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D), "heckling the only Jewish candidate in the mayoral race for being 'married to an Arab'" (New York Daily News).
- "The NRSC used a common alliteration [sic] based on what the candidate wore to her own campaign announcement and frequently on the campaign trail and the fact that media reports have simultaneously labeled some of her stated policy positions as 'incomprehensible'" -- NRSC press. sec. Brook Hougesen, defending comm. dir. Brad Dayspring's comment calling KY SEN candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) an "empty dress" (New York Daily News).
- "In a major staff shakeup," the NRSC "will sideline" finance dir. Shelly Carson "after falling behind" the DSCC "in fundraising during the first half of the year" (Washington Examiner).
- Ex-DNC CoS Laura Santucci has been named interim exec. dir. of the cmte (Politico).
- Ex-Rahm Emanuel pol. dir./ex-Hotliner Tom Bowen has been named campaign mgr. for ex-WH CoS Bill Daley's (D) IL GOV camp (Chicago Sun-Times).
- "Heritage's new tactics a hit with base, but not Hill GOP" (Washington Post).
- "What not to do ... getting locked out of the Governor's Mansion in your robe while sending the kids off to school. sigh ... #adayinthelife" -- SC Gov. Nikki Haley (R), in a Wednesday morning tweet (Columbia State).
- Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D) "did not intend to cause offense when he recently told The New York Times that if he were in Detroit, he'd 'blow up the place and start all over,' a spokeswoman said Wednesday" (New York Times).
- "We need to build consensus and keep the momentum going. ... It could be the 'Rural Spring'" -- Siskiyou Co. (CA) Supervisor Brandon Criss (R), on his county's efforts to secede from CA (San Francisco Chronicle).
- "The number one rule has to be: Don't be boring" -- New Washington Post owner Jeffrey Bezos (Washington Post).
- The Pentagon was originally supposed to be located at the base of the Memorial Bridge, and the area in which it currently resides was known as "Hell's Bottom" in the 1930s.
- We didn't get the precise answer our previous winner was looking for, so here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first POTUS to visit present-day Russia?" The 4th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- The Funhouse Mirror That Is The Syria Decision
- An Antiwar Activist Searches for a Way to Support a Strike on Syria
- Biggest Problem for Syria Resolution: 'What Happens Next?'
- Obama Takes Riverboat Gamble on Syria
- Bashar al-Assad's Surreal Instagram Feed
"I'd bet the farm on it" -- MT-AL candidate Corey Stapleton (D), on the odds of Rep. Steve Daines (R) running for MT SEN (Kalispell Daily Inter Lake).
"I don't bet the farm on many things, but I'd bet the farm he's running" -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), asked in June about the odds of ex-MT Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) running for MT SEN (MSNBC).
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor
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