Morning Must Reads: September 16

In the news: seeking a U.N. resolution on Syria; Larry Summers drops out of race for Fed Reserve Chair; and the "Terrible Candidates, Awful Campaign" for Va. Gov

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

  • “France, Britain and the US have agreed to seek a ‘strong and robust’ UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.” [Guardian]
    • Inside White House, a Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons [WSJ]
    • Syria’s Rebels Turn on Each Other, and That’s Not a Bad Thing [TIME]
  • “Lawrence Summers pulled out of the contest to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve after weeks of public excoriation, forcing President Barack Obama to move further down the list of contenders to head the central bank.” [WSJ]
    • “…The president’s inability to rally Congressional Democrats on Syria persuaded Mr. Summers that his most important audience — the Senate, which must confirm a Fed chairman — probably could not be won over.” [NYT]
    • The Left Won’t Be Happy Until Janet Yellen Is Federal Reserve Chair [BuzzFeed]
  • “A small but surging share of Americans consider themselves ‘lower class,’ a surprise to some researchers and activists despite the bruising economy.” [L.A. Times]
  • Poll: ObamaCare Remains Highly Unpopular As Implementation Looms [NBC/WSJ]
  • Terrible Candidates, Awful Campaign Take Virginia From Bellwether to Sideshow [National Journal]
    • Why Ken Cuccinelli is Losing the Virginia Governor’s Race [Politico]
  • Q&A with Julian Castro: Texas Politics, the GOP and Hispanics, and a Biden-Clinton Battle in 2016 [WashPost]