Morning Must Reads: September 25

In the news: U.S.-Iran, Syria's chemical weapons, and Ted Cruz's marathon speech

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

  • “President Obama on Tuesday told world leaders that he was devoting the rest of his presidency to a negotiated end to the confrontation with Iran, and creating a separate state for the Palestinians.” [NYT]
    • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly: Three Takeaways [TIME]
  • “Signaling that he may be serious about giving up his chemical weapons, Syrian President Bashar Assad has disclosed the locations of dozens of poison gas production and storage sites to international inspectors.” [L.A. Times]
  • How Ted Cruz Wins by Losing [TIME]
    • Ted Cruz is Still Talking Until He Can’t Stand Anymore—Or Until Harry Reid Cuts Him Off [National Journal]
    • “Democrats are working hard to exploit massive unrest in the Republican Party over the looming government shutdown, which many see as one of their best chances of holding the Senate or even gaining the House in next year’s midterm elections.” [WashPost]
  • White House Struggles to Replace Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security [Daily Beast]
  • China to lift ban on Facebook, Twitter, New York Times—but only within Shanghai free-trade zone [South China Morning Post]
  • How to Beat Hillary Clinton [New York]
  • “The congressman had been called a ‘starvation expert’ by analysts on TV and a ‘monster’ by colleagues in the House of Representatives. Protesters had visited his offices carrying petitions demanding he resign. And now, six months into his crusade to overhaul the food stamp program, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) departed the Capitol to address his most wary audience yet: the people whose government benefits he hoped to curtail.” [WashPost]