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Kerry says ‘no doubt’ Assad regime used chemical weapons, intel findings released | Fox News

The Obama administration cranked up its call for intervention in Syria on Friday, releasing portions of an intelligence report on last week’s chemical weapons attack as Secretary of State John Kerry said there’s “no doubt” the Assad regime was behind this “crime against humanity.”

U.K. Parliament Votes Down Strike in Syria, U.S. Undecided (VIDEO)

U.K. Parliament Votes Down Strike in Syria, U.S. Undecided

WH: Chemical Attack in Syria ‘Goes to the Core Nat’l Security Interests of USA’ | CNS News.

WH: Chemical Attack in Syria ‘Goes to the Core Nat’l Security Interests of USA’ | CNS News.

Obama, Biden waved off Syrian threat during Bush years | The Daily Caller

Although U.S. warships are preparing to attack Syrian installations in 2013, key members of the Obama administration warned not to “cry wolf” at Syria’s nuclear weapons development in 2005 — including the secretary of state, vice president and the president himself.

Kerry: The UN can’t do anything, so we’ll go it alone « Hot Air

President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests.

Nancy Pelosi Suddenly A Hawk, Urges Obama To Start Bombing Syria… | Weasel Zippers

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed top administration officials Thursday night to take military action to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad in response to reports that he used chemical weapons in his nation’s ongoing civil war.

Report: U.S. Official Says White House Wants Syria Strike ‘Just Muscular Enough Not To Get Mocked’ | TheBlaze.com

The official added the White House was probing a strike with a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked.”

Police: Oxford restaurant owner kicks out war vet, service dog – Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

A disabled Iraq war veteran is asking patrons of Big I’s in Oxford to boycott the restaurant after the owner allegedly yelled profanities at him when he walked in with his service dog.

Restaurant refuses Iraq War Veteran and service dog – Yahoo! News

“This is a post-traumatic stress dog. It’s to give him emotional support. How much emotional support do you need when you are eating breakfast?”

Show Prep: Thurs, Aug. 29 « The Burning Truth

The Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization opposed to crop biotechnology, has published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs—that is, genetically modified food. It’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded, but here are the five most dubious claims on the list.

In defense of Monsanto | The Aggie

I want to talk about something today, and I hope that it does not result in my office getting burned down. But I work in a basement, so I guess its not that much of an issue. Genetically modified crops — devil incarnate or world savior? Solution to the hunger problem, or a capitalist venture? Each of these holds a little bit of truth, and I want to explore a side of the debate that isn’t normally discussed in the press — GM crops as the good guys.

The Mislabeled “Monsanto Protection Bill” Makes Sense – IVN Editors’ Blog

I published an article yesterday about the new Agricultural Appropriations bill and how an amendment in the bill will benefit biotech company Monsanto. Upon further reflection and given some feedback from IVN editors and contributors, perhaps the title and tint of the article was not reflective of the more “elevated” IVN discourse to which I have otherwise enjoyed being a part of.

Best Food Facts : Food for Thought – Why are GMOs Banned in Other Countries?

“Very few countries explicitly ‘ban’ GMOs. In most cases, governments have simply not yet ‘approved’ various GMO crops for cultivation, or for import, or for human consumption. The presumption that each separate GMO should require case-by-case and use-by-use approval, by national government regulatory committees, has greatly slowed down the uptake of the technology. In effect, GMO foods and crops are being regulated as strictly as medical drugs, even though there is no evidence that they carry more risks than conventional foods and crops (in the official opinion of the EU Research Directorate, for example). Critics of GMO crops have promoted highly precautionary regulatory systems as one way to slow down the spread of the technology, and in large parts of the developing world governments have not yet given any cultivation approvals at all.”

The Top 5 Lies About Biotech Crops – Reason.com

The Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization opposed to crop biotechnology, has published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs—that is, genetically modified food. It’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded, but here are the five most dubious claims on the list.