Morning Must Reads: August 28

In the news: Syria, 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Tea Party, debt limit, hacking of the Times, and the Rim fire.

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

  • “The Obama administration believes that U.S. intelligence has established how Syrian government forces stored, assembled and launched the chemical weapons allegedly used in last week’s attack outside Damascus, according to U.S. officials. The administration is planning to release evidence, possibly as soon as Thursday, that it will say proves that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears responsibility for what U.S. officials have called an ‘undeniable’ chemical attack that killed hundreds on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.” [WashPost]
    • “Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday accusing the authorities in Damascus of responsibility for a chemical weapons attack one week ago and authorizing ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians.” [NYT]
    • 22 House members have signed onto a letter “demanding President Obama consult Congress—and wait for its authorization—before launching military strikes against Syria.” [Hill]
    • How a Syria strike compares to the 1998 Desert Fox initiative and 2003 Iraq invasion. [TIME]
  • Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to speak today at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. [National Journal]
    • For its One Dream project, TIME interviewed 17 of those who spoke, sang, organized, rallied, led and inspired at the original march.
    • “Fifty years after Martin Luther King delivered his landmark ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial…African-American progress in the political arena has been spotty.” [WSJ]
    • I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King
  • Anger at IRS powers Tea-Party Comeback [WSJ]
  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew tells Speak Boehner that Obama will not negotiate on increasing the debt limit. The federal government will hit the $16.7 trillion debt limit in mid-October. [USA Today]
  • Syrian Electronic Army hacked New York Times website Tuesday. [NYT]
  • The Rim fire spreads deeper into Yosemite National Park, 20% is contained. [L.A. Times]
  • Clinton for 2016? Harold M. Ickes returns to the DNC rules committee. [NYT]