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September 01, 2013 9:52 AM Approval or not, here we come? Sunday morning round-up

By Samuel Knight

*As Glenn Greenwald pointed out: lost amid the praise for President Obama for doing what the Constitution asks of him is the fact that it might not ultimately matter. As TIME reported, “Obama’s aides made clear that the President’s search for affirmation from Congress would not be binding. He might still attack Syria even if Congress issues a rejection.”

*John Kerry will be on five talk shows this morning, making the case for an attack on Syria. A report from The Hill about the prerecorded interviews has Kerry claiming that there is solid evidence Assad’s forces prepared to use chemical weapons. And on Meet The Press, he reportedly said the term “’slam-dunk’ should be retired from the American national security issues.”

*Sir David Frost, the interviewer of “Frost/Nixon” fame, passed away at the age of 74.

*This McClatchy profile of a teen, born to a now deported undocumented immigrant - “among the more than 200,000 parents of U.S. citizens who were deported from 2010 to 2012” - is well worth a read.

*Radiation levels “high enough to kill an exposed person in four hours” have been discovered at a water storage container at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant’s operator, according to the Guardian, claimed that “water levels inside the tank had not changed, indicating there had not been a leak. But the firm said it had yet to discover the cause of the radiation spike.”

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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