The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Will Cantine, Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson and Jordan Mazza

SYRIA: ABC News' John Parkinson: "War-Wary Republicans Distrust Plan For Syrian Strike" As opposition to a U.S. strike in Syria seems to build in the House of Representatives, three key officials in the Obama administration took their case to the Capitol today, adamant that military intervention is in line with the country's national security interests. Still, Republicans on the House committee on Foreign Affairs expressed grave reservations about entering into what they deem a Syrian civil war. LINK

Bloomberg's Terry Atlas, Laura Litvan and Kathleen Hunter: " Senate Committee Approves Resolution For Syria Strikes" The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Barack Obama to conduct a limited U.S. military operation against Syria because of its use of chemical weapons. The committee vote, 10-7, clears the way for consideration of the resolution by the full Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said that will begin Sept. 9 when Congress officially reconvenes after a five-week break. LINK

The New York Times' Mark Landler, Jonathan Weisman and Michael R. Gordon: " Split Senate Panel Approves Giving Obama Limited Authority On Syria" A sharply divided Senate committee voted Wednesday to give President Obama limited authority to use force against Syria, the first step in what remains a treacherous path for Mr. Obama to win Congressional approval for a military attack. A sharply divided Senate committee voted Wednesday to give President Obama limited authority to use force against Syria, the first step in what remains a treacherous path for Mr. Obama to win Congressional approval for a military attack. LINK

USA Today's Martha T. Moore and Catalina Camia: " Syria Vote Will Ripple Through 2014 Campaigns" The debate over military intervention in Syria has exposed rifts in both political parties that could seep into campaigns in 2014 and beyond. President Obama's request that Congress authorize strikes against Syria because of its use of chemical weapons has divided Democrats supporting the president from those who oppose the United States undertaking another Mideast military action. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas and David Gauthier-Villars: " Obama Makes International Case For Syria Action" President Barack Obama took his case for military action in Syria to the international community as he headed to a summit of world leaders hosted by Russia, the Syrian regime's ardent Western ally. Mr. Obama, on a stopover in Stockholm on Wednesday, turned around criticism that responding to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons was a personal matter, saying it was a global issue. LINK

Politico's John Bresnanhan and Burgess Everett: " Liberals Balk On Syria" As Harry Reid pushes for a Syria vote next week in the Senate, he and President Barack Obama face a major challenge convincing liberal Democrats to support them. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) opposed the resolution authorizing military action in Syria during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on Wednesday afternoon. Another liberal Democrat, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, voted present. LINK

The Washington Post's Joby Warrick : " As Syria Deteriorates, Neighbors Fear Bioweapons Threat" Last month's alleged chemical attack near Damascus has reĀ­focused attention on Syria's 30-year-old biological weapons research and raised concerns about whether the government there could activate an effort to make a weapon. Syria's bioweapons program, which U.S. officials believe has been largely dormant since the 1980s, is likely to possess the key ingredients for a weapon, including a collection of lethal bacteria and viruses as well as the modern equipment needed to covert them into deadly powders and aerosols, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials and weapons experts. LINK

The New York Daily News' James Warren, Joseph Straw and Corey Siemaszko: " Vladimir Putin Calls John Kerry Liar On Syrian Opposition Ahead Of G-20 Summit" On the eve of President Obama's arrival in Russia for the G-20 summit, Vladimir Putin sparked a war of words by calling Secretary of State John Kerry a liar for portraying the Syrian opposition as moderates. "He lies openly, and he knows that he lies," the Russian president charged, with impeccable timing - he is set to host Obama and other world leaders in St. Petersburg on Thursday. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA The Washington Times' Cheryl Chumley: " Obama's Foot On Oval Office Desk Sends Shockwaves Around The World" Shock, outrage and mocking criticism is building among conservatives - and those of other political stripes who put the White House and its possessions on a historical pedestal - over a photograph showing President Obama in an informal pose, with his foot on his Oval Office desk. The desk hails back from 1880, a gift from Britain's Queen Victoria. And even its construction is special: It was built with wood from the sunken Arctic Rescue Ship, the HMS Resolute. But to Mr. Obama, it's a good place to rest his feet, as The Daily Mail reported. LINK

SPEAKER BOEHNER The Hill's Kyle Balluck: " Report: Boehner Rejects Request To Meet Russian Delegation" Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has rejected a request from the Russian embassy to meet a delegation regarding Syria, CNN reported Wednesday night. "The Speaker has declined the Russian embassy's request that he meet with a delegation," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told the network. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " GOP Senator: What Happens After Syria Strike?" LINK

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