Morning Must Reads: September 4

In the news: Syria, Al Gore, the Bushes' immigration legacy, and Al Qaeda's defense against drones

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

  • “President Barack Obama’s drive to build support for an attack against Syria gained significant momentum Tuesday as a range of congressional leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, urged wary rank-and-file lawmakers to back a resolution authorizing the use of military force.” [WSJ]
    • “Members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee hammered out a deal on Tuesday evening that would set a 60-day deadline for military action in Syria, with one 30-day extension possible, according to a draft of the resolution.” [USA Today]
    • “Several lawmakers and aides who have been canvassing support say that nearly 80 percent of the House Republican Conference is, to some degree, opposed to launching strikes in Syria. Informal counts by Obama allies show that support in Congress for Obama’s plans is in the low dozens.” [Politico]
    • “Hillary Clinton broke her days-long silence and endorsed President Obama’s call for a punitive military strike against Syria on Tuesday.” [Hill]
    • Kerry Creates Uncertainty Over ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Syria [TIME]
    • Assad Wages War Shielded With a Smile [NYT]
  • “The Bush family is quietly but forcefully gearing up for another, still-developing debate: The fight on Capitol Hill over a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws — a discussion critical to protecting the Bushes’ legacy on what has, for decades, been a defining issue for them.” [NYT]
  • “Al-Qaeda’s leadership has assigned cells of engineers to find ways to shoot down, jam or remotely hijack U.S. drones, hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses upon the terrorist network.” [WashPost]
  • Al Gore’s Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint [BuzzFeed]
  • And an interactive map of each president’s international itinerary going back to Theodore Roosevelt [TIME]