Russia Wins If U.S. Strikes Syria; Public Pans Obama’s Maverick Stance; Congressional ‘Town Halls’ Now A Joke; This Ain’t Gertrude Stein’s ‘Lost Generation’; Your Team Stinks AND You’re Fat – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 8-30-2013

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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.

 

  • The west is playing in to Moscow’s hands on Syria. Even if the Assad regime crumbles, Russia will not deem Putin a loser. “The situation is advantageous to Moscow,”writes Georgy Mirsky for Financial Times. “Our leaders will be only too happy to see the U.S. start a new war it cannot win.” Source: Financial Times… 

 

  • Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using force in Syria, but the nation is divided over the scope of any potential strike, a new NBC News poll shows. Source: NBC News…

 

  • In August, members of Congress home until Sept. 9 for a five-week recess they’ve rebranded as a “district work period,” traveled around hearing the concerns of ordinary voters. That’s the way it used to be, anyway. Gone are the packed, freewheeling town halls of the past, where voters stood up at microphones and pelted elected officials with questions on just about anything. Members of Congress largely put an end to unscripted, up-close-and-personal events after the traumatic summer of 2009, when dozens of lawmakers were shouted down by mad-as-hell Tea Partiers and citizens angry that the proposed Affordable Care Act was going too far or not far enough. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek…

 

  • For the fourth consecutive summer, teen employment has stayed anchored around record lows, prompting experts to fear that a generation of youth is likely to be economically stunted with lower earnings and opportunities in years ahead. Source: McClatchy… 

 

  • Believe it or not, a study published Monday in a Psychological Science found that after a sports team loses, fans of that team eat 16 percent more saturated fats than they usually do. Fans of winning teams apparently are getting thinner, too. The study found the winning fans ate 9 percent less saturated fat. Source: CBS Minnesota…

 

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