Morning Must Reads: September 6

In the news: the NSA, Syria, and Friday's job report

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

  • “US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.” [Guardian]
    • Graphic [NYT]
    • 5 Revelations from the latest Snowden leak [TIME]
  • “The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region.” [WSJ]
  • “President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.” [NYT]
  • Obama could lose big on Syria in House [Politico]
    • “The White House lobbying effort has included direct conversations between Obama or top administration officials and at least 60 senators and at least 125 House members as of Thursday.” [WashPost]
    • Strike may hinge on Pelosi. [L.A. Times]
  • What to watch for in Friday’s job report [WSJ]