The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday August 28, 2013

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SYRIA ABC News' John Parkinson and Arlette Saenz: "Administration Drums Up Congressional Support for Syrian Strike as Lawmakers Demand Consultation"While President Obama considers options for responding to a purported chemical weapons attack in Syria, several senior administration officials are conducting a full-court press to drum up support for a military response. They are consulting with key members of Congress to keep them apprised on strings of intelligence as they are being developed and the possibilities that await the president's approval. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Carol E. Lee and Corey Boles: "White House Aims to Make Case to War-Weary Public" As President Barack Obama weighs military action against Syria, a critical part of the White House deliberations has focused on how to lay out the case for U.S. involvement to Americans who are skeptical of another entanglement in the Middle East. Officials say the administration will present some evidence tying the Assad regime to last week's alleged chemical-weapons attack outside Damascus. LINK

The Hill's Mike Lillis: " Dems urge improved humanitarian aid to Syrian conflict victims" A group of House Democrats is urging the White House to boost the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria ahead of expected U.S. military operations against the regime of Bashar Assad. In a letter sent Tuesday to national security adviser Susan Rice, the Democrats argue that the sheer number of people affected by Syria's civil war - combined with the restrictions Assad has imposed on aid groups - has limited the effectiveness of the humanitarian assistance currently being provided on the ground. LINK

Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman: " U.S. Said to Weigh Legal Justification for Syria Attack" The Obama administration is constructing the legal and political justification for a limited military strike on Syria that would demonstrate international censure against chemical weapons, according to a U.S. official. Any action taken by the U.S. would have a narrow scope and not be aimed at taking out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the official said, contrasting it to the allied offensive in Libya that targeted Muammar Qaddafi. A strike would concentrate on Syria's weapons capabilities. LINK

CAMPAIGN FINANCE The Boston Globe's Andrea Estes and Martin Finucane: " State sues Lantigua over campaign contributions" Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua is being sued by the state attorney general and campaign finance regulators for alleged campaign finance law violations, in the latest round of trouble for an official who has been dogged by controversy. Lantigua, among other things, allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in potentially illegal cash and corporate contributions, Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Office of Campaign and Political Finance said in a joint statement announcing the lawsuit. LINK

GOP USA Today's Catalina Camia: "Tea Party push to block 'Obamacare' funding divides GOP" As the summer recess for Congress heads to a close, Tea Party groups are trying to pressure Republicans to withhold funding to implement President Obama's health care law this fall. A cross-country anti-"Obamacare" tour that began Tuesday highlights a divide among Republicans, with some key House and Senate leaders trying to avoid a government shutdown that could damage the party and label the GOP as obstructionist ahead of the 2014 elections. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " McCain: Immigration bill could give foreign workers leg up on Americans" Two Republicans who helped write the Senate's immigration bill said Tuesday that they are convinced it will finally be able to get a handle on the porous southwestern border - but acknowledged it could mean problems for American workers. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, said they fear that foreign workers will be more attractive to hire than Americans for some companies because the foreigners won't be eligible for the same health care benefits. LINK

REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. The Washington Post's Tony Capaccio: " After Martin Luther King's 1963 Speech, FBI Began Spying On Civil Rights Leader" The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech inspired the world. It also galvanized the FBI into undertaking one of its biggest surveillance operations in history. Initially approved in October 1963 by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the FBI's wiretap and clandestine microphone campaign against King lasted until his assassination in April 1968. It was initially justified to probe King's suspected, unproven links to the Communist Party, morphing into a crusade to "neutralize" and discredit the civil rights leader. LINK

POTUS ADDRESSES YOUTH VIOLENCE Politico's Jennifer Epstein: " Obama, Holder Meet With Mayors On Youth Violence" President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder met with a group of 18 mayors on Tuesday to discuss strategies to cut down on youth violence, the White House said. Newark's Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee in New Jersey's Senate race was among the attendees, as were Atlanta's Kasim Reed, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter and Washington's Vincent Gray. The meeting comes just a day before the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and as Obama prepares to deliver his own speech Wednesday to mark the anniversary. LINK

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