Morning Must Reads: August 22

In the news: Syria, Bradley Manning, Obama's college reform plan, Al Jazeera America, Al Gore, and following the "I Have a Dream" speech

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • After reports that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons killing hundreds, the White House calls for a U.N. investigation. A year ago Barack Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that would shift his thinking about that country’s bloody civil war.
  • Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years; the punishment may be a harbinger for Edward Snowden.
    • Manning to NBC Today: “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”
  • President Obama to put forth Thursday a plan that will “rate colleges before the 2015 school year based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of lower-income students who attend. The ratings would compare colleges against their peer institutions. If the plan can win Congressional approval, the idea is to base federal financial aid to students attending the colleges partly on those rankings.” [NYT]
  • Al Jazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve [Guardian]
    • Al Jazeera’s American debut was “simply dreadful.” [National Review]
  • Ezra Klein interviews former Vice President Al Gore about climate change. [WashPost]
  • One Obama challenge next week: follow-up the “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years later on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. [NYT]