Politics

6:03am

Thu September 5, 2013
It's All Politics

The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:59 am

President Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday in Stockholm. The president said the credibility of the international community, Congress and America is on the line with the response to Syria.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

This won't be a standard party-line vote. Big factions within both parties remain skeptical about President Obama's plans to launch punitive airstrikes against Syria.

If the vote were held today, it might not pass. Obama and his allies — including top House leaders of both parties — have a big selling job yet to do to persuade a majority of members to authorize military action.

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5:29am

Thu September 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Rep. Scott: Tired Of U.S. Getting Involved World's Disputes

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:58 am

Republican Rep. Austin Scott held a town hall meeting in Thomasville, Georgia, Wednesday. Among the topics that constituents were there to talk about: Syria. Scott told constituents he doesn't plan to support the resolution authorizing U.S. military strikes in Syria.

5:08am

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics

Sen. Tom Udall On Syrian Resolution

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:58 am

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution authorizing President Obama to take military action against the Syrian regime. It goes to the full Senate over the objections of New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall. Steve Inskeep talks with Sen. Udall about his concerns over intervention in Syria.

5:08am

Thu September 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Is Operation Streamline Worth Its Budget Being Tripled?

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:58 am

The Senate immigration bill calls for tripling a controversial federal court program called Operation Streamline. The program takes people caught crossing the border illegally, gives them prison sentences, then deports them. It's hugely expensive — but does it work?

5:08am

Thu September 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Calif. Gov. Debates Changing Who's Eligible For Jury Duty

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:58 am

The California legislature passed a bill that would allow lawful permanent residents to sit on juries. Governor Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill into law. If he does, California will be the first state to allow non-citizens to perform jury duty.

4:54am

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics

Lawmakers Struggle With Wording Of Syria Resolution

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:58 am

Congress is trying to fashion language that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria from escalating. But lawmakers often find it uncomfortable to rein in the commander in chief once U.S. forces have been committed.

5:27pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:22 pm

He's back! Unabashed wonk and former president Bill Clinton detangles the health care law.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

With the launch of the major piece of the Affordable Care Act less than a month away, the Obama administration is escalating the public relations push with one of their most effective weapons – former President Bill Clinton, now known to many as explainer in chief.

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4:36pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics

Congressman And War Vet Argues Against Syria Strike

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:33 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We're going to hear now from one House Republican who's already on the record opposing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That's New York Congressman Chris Gibson. Before his election to the House in 2010, Gibson served 24 years in the Army, and that includes four combat tours in Iraq. Congressman Gibson, welcome to the program.

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS GIBSON: Thanks, Melissa. Good to be with you.

BLOCK: Why don't you lay out first just why you oppose a military strike on Syria?

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3:50pm

Wed September 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Skeptical Democrat Takes A Stand Against Striking Syria

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:16 pm

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., arrives to register for orientation as newly elected members of Congress descend on Capitol Hill on Nov. 13, 2012.
Charles Dharapak AP

A majority of Congress remains undecided, at least publicly, about President Obama's plan to launch a military strike against Syria.

Not Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan. The 69-year-old Democrat is a firm "no" vote.

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3:48pm

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Panel Passes Authorization For Force Against Syria

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:05 pm

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens as the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, speaks before Wednesday's vote.
Susan Walsh AP

A Senate panel has voted to approve a resolution giving President Obama the authority to carry out punitive strikes against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization by a 10-7 vote, with one senator voting present. The measure must be passed by a vote of the full Senate to come into force. The vote is likely to take place next week.

The vote marks the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 vote giving President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq.

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