Morning Reads

Here are some of the stories the Moyers & Company crew are reading this morning.

First, the big story:

  • Syria hearings –> At Foreign Policy, Yochi Dreazen with a roundup of key moments from yesterday’s second day of Senate hearings on Syria.
  • Not going well –> In the National Journal, Josh Kraushaar reports that Obama’s fight for congressional approval for strikes is facing an uphill battle.
  • Slow moving –> According to The Guardian’s Ian Black, the UN’s analysis of samples taken from Syria won’t be done for two to three weeks.
  • No good guys –> In the NYT, C.J. Chivers reports that acts of cruelty by the Syrian rebels are putting advocates of intervention in a bind.
  • Nyet –> CNN: “Boehner turns down request to meet with Russian delegation.”

Tax cheats –> Christian Science Monitor notes that while Syria will be center-stage at the upcoming G-20 summit, a consensus on tax evasion is forming under the radar.

Stalked his ground –> Florida man who snuck up on neighbor’s BBQ and shot three men claims self-defense under “stand your ground” law and the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war. Crooks and Liars with the story.

Broad definition –> Over at The Policy Shop, David Callahan looks at CATO’s expansive definition of “corporate welfare.”

Pardon her –> The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington reports that Wikileaks leaker Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning has filed requests for a presidential pardon.

Democracy isn’t their thing –> Following a similar effort in Colorado, a rural county in California is voting to secede from the Golden State. Think Progress legal analyst Ian Millhiser has the scoop.

School racism –> TPM’s Zoe Schlanger on a little girl sent home from a Tulsa school because her dreadlocks were supposedly “distracting.”

Brilliant –> Check out editorial cartoonist Matt Bors’ broadside against unpaid internships at The Nib.

What are you reading? Tell us in the comments!


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