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Sens. Craft New Syria Authorization; NYC Dems Gang Up on de Blasio; Baker to Launch MA GOV Run Today

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  • Senate Foreign Relations Cmte Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and ranking member Bob Corker (R-TN) have crafted a "new use-of-force resolution for Syria" that "sets a 60-day deadline, with one 30-day extension possible," for Pres. Obama "to launch military strikes against the regime" of Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad. The resolution "will also bar the involvement of U.S. ground forces in Syria" (Politico).
  • Obama "won the support on Tuesday" of GOP and Dem leaders in the House for an attack on Syria, "giving him a foundation to win broader approval for military action from a Congress that still harbors deep reservations" (New York Times).
  • Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Post with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) supporting the bill to authorize the use of force. Cotton/Pompeo: "Congress has its own constitutional duty to defend U.S. interests, and those interests shouldn't be neglected simply because we have doubts about Obama" (Washington Post).
  • A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of NYC mayoral Dem primary LVs, conducted 8/28-9/1, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leading '09 nominee Bill Thompson, 43-20%, with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 18%, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner at 7%, Comp. John Liu at 4% and ex-Councilor Sal Albanese at 1%. In the previous poll, conducted 8/22-27, de Blasio led Quinn, 36-21%, with Thompson at 20%, Weiner at 8%, Liu at 6% and Albanese at 1% (release).
  • "In their final debate Tuesday night," the Dem NYC mayoral candidates "repeatedly attacked" de Blasio, "seeking to undermine his pitch as a liberal fighter who will be a strong break from 12 years" of Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) (Wall Street Journal).
  • VA LG nominee E.W. Jackson (R) "has refused the party's nuts-and-bolts logistical help, choosing not to tap into resources that include the GOP's trove of voter data and more than 40 field offices around the state, according to four" GOP operatives. Some GOPers "fear that he could not only handicap his own prospects but hurt" GOV nominee Ken Cuccinelli (R) "with moderates and conservatives alike" (Washington Post).
  • Ex-Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) said Tuesday "he will not run" for NH SEN or NH GOV, "a significant blow" to GOPers "who nearly took it for granted that Bradley would run for" statewide office next year (WMUR-TV).
  • "Anticipating that" Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) will jump into the MT SEN race, ex-state Rep. Corey Stapleton (R) "on Tuesday dropped his own Senate bid and is running instead" for Daines' at-large House seat (Missoulian).
  • Ex-Williamson Co. GOP Chair Kevin Kookogey (R) "won't be running" for TN SEN "after all," saying that "dividing conservatives would be 'disastrous' to the ultimate end": beating Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (Tennessean).
  • WY SEN candidate Liz Cheney (R) "would not vote to attack Syria" (Jackson Hole News & Guide)
  • '10 nominee Charlie Baker (R) "plans to roll out" his second MA GOV candidacy "in a video to be released at 10 a.m." Wednesday (Boston Globe).
  • Contrary to a Politico report earlier this week, ex-San Diego city Councilor Carl DeMaio (R) announced he would not run in the San Diego special mayoral election, a decision that came "after lengthy behind-the-scenes deliberations" among GOP power brokers this past weekend "in which they urged DeMaio to stay" in the CA-52 race against Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) and "unanimously agreed to back" Councilor Kevin Faulconer (R) in the mayor's race (U-T San Diego) DeMaio, at his Tuesday press conference: "I believe I can be part of big change in Washington." (Hotline reporting)


  • According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of nat'l adults, conducted 8/28-9/1, 36% support the U.S. "launching missile strikes against the Syrian government" given the U.S. determination "that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there," while 59% oppose military strikes (release).
  • According to a new Pew Research Center poll of nat'l adults, conducted 8/29-9/1, 29% favor "the U.S. conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons," while 48% oppose airstrikes (release).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The Syria war vote has created odd alliances, pitting Democratic internationalists and GOP hawks against anti-war liberals and Republicans skeptical of military interventions. Nowhere is that mishmash clearer than the AR SEN race, where the GOP challenger (Rep. Tom Cotton) is one of the most outspoken supporters of the president's mission, co-authoring a WaPo oped today rallying his party. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor sounds downright skeptical, and has broken with the president many times before.

• With its new $250K investment, the NRA is now narrowly outspending NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in the CO recalls, though the NRA's pro-recall side still lags far behind in reported spending. Nat'l groups and figures have made the gun-focused recalls their latest playground.

• Bradley's decision not to seek statewide office next year is the latest piece of bad news for the New Hampshire GOP. Bradley had been considered a near-lock to mount a campaign for Senate or governor but instead joined a growing list of top recruits who have passed on both races. Former Sen. John Sununu (R) and his younger brother, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu (R), both decided against statewide bids. And former Rep. Frank Guinta (R) reportedly will announce he's running for his old House seat rather than mount a bid for higher office. Heading into a midterm election year in a swing state, top Granite State Republicans don't seem to think that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) or Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) are beatable.


    "Not only was Richard III one of England's most despised monarchs, but it now turns out the hunchback king was probably infected with parasitic worms that grew up to a foot in length" (AP).


  • "[Sen. John] McCain playing poker on his iPhone" (Washington Post).
  • "Whether there's a standing filibuster, I've got to check my shoes and my ability to hold my water and we'll see. I haven't made decision on that" -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on the possibility of filibustering against authorization for strikes against Syria (Buzzfeed).
  • "We work, we argue about some issues. We are human. Sometimes one of us gets vexed" -- Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, on his relationship with Obama (AP).
  • Ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) "recently met with" Bloomberg "in an effort to get support from the billionaire politician" for his VA GOV campaign (Politico).
  • "It wasn't the best way" for superintendent John Barge (R) "to kick off" his GA GOV campaign. His team had "misspelled a pretty crucial word on his website: Governor" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
  • "Rahm rushes to help injured cyclist clipped by turning truck" (Chicago Sun-Times).
  • "I don't know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the shore" -- NJ GOV nominee Barbara Buono (D) (WCBS-TV).
  • "Stubbs the cat, Alaska town mayor, mauled by dog" (CNN).


  • Lamar(!) Alexander was sworn in in the dead of night three days prior to his term as TN gov.
  • The winner is Susan Lindahl, and here's her Swizzle Challenge: "Where was the Pentagon originally supposed to be located, and what was the land on which the Pentagon currently resides called in the 1930s?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"To a certain extent we are starting to come into a realization of our own power, and our own capability, not just as innovators and technology pioneers but also in a political sense" -- Ex-Facebook pres. Sean Parker, on Silicon Valley's support for ex-Obama admin. official Ro Khanna (D) over Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) (Politico).



"We had a very specific aesthetic vision for this event that was subtle, tasteful, and carefully orchestrated. Everything we did was an homage to nature, to the natural redwood environment which I call 'God's cathedral.' We wanted the forest to speak for itself, but we had to build the basic minimum features to make the campground safe and viable for a wedding" -- Parker, on his wedding earlier this year in Big Sur, CA, which is rumored to have cost around $10M (The Atlantic).

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

Julie Sobel, Senior Analyst


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