Politics

12:37pm

Wed September 11, 2013
Business

Maybe 'Muddling Through' Isn't That Bad For The Economy

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:15 pm

When the global financial system started to collapse five years ago, leaders from the Treasury Department, Congress and the Federal Reserve jumped up and started running.

Like men on a burning wooden bridge, they raced along, making crazy-fast decisions. They seized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, bailed out big banks, saved automakers, slashed interest rates and funded a massive infrastructure-building project to stimulate growth.

But that was then.

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12:07pm

Wed September 11, 2013
Politics

Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides'

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:21 pm

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
U.S. Senate Photographic Studio Rand Paul

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and one of Congress' leading skeptics of U.S. military strategy, including possible strikes on Syria. On Tuesday, he offered a detailed response to President Obama's speech about the Syrian crisis. Paul joins Michel Martin of Tell Me More to talk about his opposition to military action, and what the U.S. should do.

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11:53am

Wed September 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Problem: The Path Forward In Syria Is No Clearer

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 6:08 pm

President Obama walks out of a meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus at the Capitol on Tuesday.
Michael Reynolds EPA /LANDOV

With the highly anticipated Syria speech behind him, the path ahead for President Obama's effort to get congressional authorization of military strikes in Syria is no easier than before. In fact, post-speech, it seems more obstacle-strewn and steeper than ever.

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7:54am

Wed September 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:00 am

President Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office ahead of Tuesday night's speech on Syria.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Kennedy's inauguration address: "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate."

Always admired as a fine turn of phrase, what meaning does this have in our own time?

Perhaps it might have helped Obama make the turn from indicting the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons to explaining why he backed off his own earlier threat of military retaliation against Syria.

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7:54am

Wed September 11, 2013
Politics

U.S. Fleshes Out Russian Plan For Syria's Chemical Weapons

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President Obama last night urged a strike on Syria that he is not yet ready to order and that the country seems unready to accept.

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7:47am

Wed September 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Anthony Weiner's Run Ends With A Flourish Of His Finger

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 8:55 am

Anthony Weiner on Tuesday, before the results came in and before he waved goodbye.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

Voters in New York City are waiting to see whether Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio reached the 40 percent point that would avoid an Oct. 1 runoff with challenger William Thompson.

With about 98 percent of precincts having reported the results from Tuesday's voting, our colleagues at WNYC say that de Blasio has 40.19 percent of the vote to Thompson's 26.04 percent.

If de Blasio is declared the winner, he would face Republican Joe Lhota in November.

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5:18pm

Tue September 10, 2013
The U.S. Response To Syria

Sen. Casey: Military Force Should Still Be An Option In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

Audie Cornish talks with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, about the latest developments on U.S.-Syria policy.

5:18pm

Tue September 10, 2013
The U.S. Response To Syria

Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons.

5:18pm

Tue September 10, 2013
The U.S. Response To Syria

Senate Waits On Possible Diplomatic Solution In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:14 pm

The U.S. and its allies await details of Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under UN supervision. Meanwhile, senior Obama administration officials are continuing to press for congressional approval of a potential military strike against the Bashar al-Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons in August.

12:25pm

Tue September 10, 2013
It's All Politics

A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 1:14 pm

President Obama walks toward the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

If ever a speech seemed to be President Obama's last, best chance to win public and congressional support for his plan to launch military strikes against Syria, it's his prime-time talk to the nation Tuesday.

With polls indicating that 60 percent of Americans oppose action against Syria for using sarin gas and congressional approval looking ever more like a long shot, Obama's speech is a high-stakes endeavor.

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