Here are some of the stories the Moyers & Company crew are reading this morning.
- Syria resolution facing an uphill battle on Capitol Hill, reports The Hill. The Arizona Republic: John McCain gets blasted by constituents at town hall meetings over support for Syria strikes.
- Robert Scales, a retired U.S. Army major general, writes in the WaPo that this is a war the military doesn’t want.
- Boston Globe: in Russia for the G-20 summit, Obama lobbies Congress as well as foreign leaders. Politico reports that AIPAC has decided to “go all-out” in support of the resolution.
- Dem Sens. Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp introduce a bill that would give Assad 45 days to sign a new chemical weapons treaty to head-off attack. The Hill has the details.
- Slate’s John Dickerson on the risks involved in striking Syria; urges the administration to stop painting it as an easy mission.
- Speaking of risks, WSJ reports that the U.S. has intercepted communications from Iran urging Iraqi militias to attack American interests if Syria gets hit.
- And Bruce Ackerman writes in Foreign Policy that “limited strikes” could be a prelude to a massive intervention.
Jobs report –> The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs last month; unemployment dips slightly. More details from The Chicago Trib.
Good luck with that privacy thing –> ProPublica’s Jeff Larson and Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane of The New York Times report on the NSA’s secret campaign to crack internet encryption.
He’s created a monster –> TPM’s Sahil Kapur reports that Mitch McConnell’s demagoguery of Obamacare may be coming back to hurt him as outraged Republican primary voters demand someone who will “defund” the bill. But it can’t be done, and he may lose his seat.
Wal-Mart –> 100 were arrested protesting Wal-Mart for firing strikers last year, reports AJA.
Blinded by ideology –> At Mojo, Chris Mooney looks at a new study which shows that people have difficulties solving math problems if the right answer threatens their political beliefs.
The real “Orange Is the New Black” –> Over at AlterNet, Kristen Gwynne interviews Piper Kerman, on whose memoir the hit Showtime series is based.
Todd Akin, eat your heart out –> Salon’s Brian Beutler says the GOP’s problems with women isn’t going to go away before the 2014 midterm elections.
What are you reading? Tell us in the comments!