Wiretap: Obama forced to reconsider U.S. strategy in Syria

Act or yield

Russia’s military intervention in Syria puts Obama in an increasingly difficult position. Can he stay with the same strategy in Syria or does he have to change? Or is the choice more stark than that, as The Washington Post suggests: It could be that he either has to act or yield.

Technical discussions

“Deconfliction” talks between the United States and Russia about forces in Syria are apparently over, at least semantically. The dispute over who is bombing whom has moved to “basic technical discussions.” Via The New York Times.

Bad call

A good guy with a gun? A bystander at a Home Depot opens fire on a shoplifter. Via The Detroit Free Press.

Act two

In a more-or-less-bombast-free interview with The Washington Post, the Donald lays out his campaign’s second act.


Hillary Clinton abandons Obama on the Trans-Pacific trade deal — “as of today,” she says — even though she worked on the deal when she was secretary of state. And no one is surprised. Via The Atlantic. But Vox says that the explanation for her flip-flop makes no sense.

Rich party

Thomas Edsall: How did Democrats become favorites of the rich and how does it affect their arguments against the 1 percent? Via The New York Times.

Real insights

Stuff that happens and the other stuff that keeps coming out of Jeb!’s mouth: Gaffes or real insight into Bush’s thinking? Via The New Yorker.

Old news

Paul Waldman: Don’t be shocked by Ben Carson’s statement on the Oregon victims. It’s exactly what Republicans have been telling us all along. Via The Washington Post.

Cruz control

Whatever the numbers say, Ted Cruz is a legitimate contender. Someone has to inherit those Trump/Carson votes. Via The National Review.


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