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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.25.14

Syria warns U.S. against strikes on Islamic State (The Washington Post). British intel ID Foley killer as former London rapper (USA Today). 3 sex assaults may be connected in DC (WUSA9).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

The Washington Post: Syria warns U.S. against strikes on Islamic State

USA Today: British intel ID Foley killer as former London rapper

POLITICO: The incredible shrinking defense industry

The HillWhite House won’t commit to asking Congress for Syria strike

Roll Call: Lawsuit Against Obama Price Tag Up to $350K

Daily Caller: Taking Him Seriously – Democrats Go After Ben Carson After He Wins Straw Poll

The Washington TimesBen Carson slams Jesse Jackson for playing race card in Ferguson

National Journal: House Hires Lawyer for Obama Lawsuit

Washington Examiner: Sales of new houses disappoint in July, dimming hopes for an economic boost

Huffington Post Politics: PUSHBACK

WTOP: Fix to I-66 line mishap to close lanes

ABC 7: Fort Lee shooting: Female soldier goes on ‘rampage,’ then ‘turns weapon on herself,’ inflicts fatal wound

NBC 4: Teens Stabbed Near D.C. High School

CBS 9: 3 sex assaults may be connected in DC

Fox 5: Police canvassing Laurel neighborhood for new info on murder of man found in trash bags

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