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September 09, 2013 2:12 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

There will be a brief pause in blogging this afternoon as I appear on KCRW’s fine public radio show To the Point, hosted by the best in the business, Warren Olney.

* New Pew survey show surge in opposition to military strikes on Syria, with 63% now opposed, including majorities of Ds, Rs and indies.

* Russia, UK and even Syria react positively to Kerry suggestion war could be avoided by Syrian turnover of chemical weapons.

* At AFL-CIO convention, Elizabeth Warren decries “corporate takeover of the federal courts.”

* Final polls continue to show Bill de Blasio getting close to 40% needed to avoid runoff in New York Democratic mayor primary tomorrow.

* Cantor memo hints at GOP fiscal strategy with lots of smoke but only real demand the implementation of the next sequester.

And in non-political news:

* Canadian pension fund and Ares Management buy Neiman-Marcus for $6 billion.

Back after the radio show. Here’s a tune from another musician born in Chattanooga: Yusef Lateef with “In the Evening.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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