Another Red Line; Obama’s Own Prison; Poor In Jersey; NSA’s Secret Power Grab; Bikers Revolt – Monday Morning News Roundup 9-9-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack. Speaking at a London press conference, Kerry added that he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply, and that the entire US intelligence community was united in believing Assad was responsible. Source: The Guardian…

 

  • Edward Luce of Financial Times wrote Sunday that President Barack Obama is accelerating toward disaster as a diplomat and leader. “It is hard to understand how an instinctively cautious president in his fifth year could have manoeuvred himself into such a dismal corner” concerning the Syria “crisis,” writes Luce. “But his largely self-charted route lends little confidence that he can easily escape it.” Source: Financial Times… 

 

  • Poverty in New Jersey continued to grow even as the national recession lifted, reaching a 52-year high in 2011, according to a report released today. The annual survey by Legal Services of New Jersey found 24.7 percent of the state’s population — 2.1 million residents — was considered poor in 2011. That’s a jump of more than 80,000 people — nearly 1 percent higher than the previous year and 3.8 percent more than pre-recession levels. Source: The Star-Ledger…

 

  • The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. Source: The Washington Post… 

 

  • In response to the planned “Million Muslim March” in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, motorcycle enthusiasts had planned a rival event, their own rival “2 Million Biker” ride. Over the weekend, news surfaced on blogs and Twitter that Washington, D.C. officials had denied the bikers an event permit. But the bikers say they’re going forward with the event, with or without a permit. Source: Free Republic…

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