Morning Must Reads: October 31

In the news: Syria's chemical weapons facilities; the NSA; the Fed; President Hillary Clinton; the Red Sox; what's prettier in print

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Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NB), dressed up for Halloween as Sen. Joe Biden, shakes hands with the real Senator Biden (D-DE) before the start of a hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington October 31, 2007.

  • “Syria has rendered its declared chemical weapons production facilities inoperable, the organization in charge of overseeing the nation’s chemical weapons disarmament said Thursday. The declaration is a milestone in an unusual international undertaking that aims to completely destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of next year…” [WashPost]
  • “The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world…” [WashPost]
    • “Over two dozen privacy laws have passed this year in more than 10 states, in places as different as Oklahoma and California.” [NYT]
  • “Employing unusually sharp language, the U.S. on Wednesday openly criticized Germany’s economic policies and blamed the euro-zone powerhouse for dragging down its neighbors and the rest of the global economy.” [WSJ]
  • “Federal Reserve officials emerged from a two-day policy meeting with their signature easy-money program intact and no clear signal about whether they would begin pulling it back at their December meeting or continue it into 2014 during a leadership transition at the central bank.” [WSJ]
  • “All of the female Democratic senators signed a secret letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton early this year encouraging her to run for president in 2016…” [ABC]
    • “President Obama asked Hillary Clinton to stay on for an extra year as secretary of State after he won reelection.” [Hill]
  • Prettier in Print
  • The Red Sox win it all [Boston Globe]
  • Happy Halloween!