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5:02am

Mon September 9, 2013
Politics

Rep. Cole Weighs In On Syria Resolution

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:25 am

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And I'm Renee Montagne. Seeking to win support in Congress for air strikes on Syria, President Obama addresses the nation tomorrow and also gives a series of TV interviews today. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is also going to America's airwaves. Asked on CBS if a strike on his country could provoke a retaliation involving chemical weapons, this was his response.

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3:28am

Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 12:02 pm

Vice President Joe Biden stands in front of his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, as President Obama arrives at a dinner Biden is hosting for Republican senators.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers to support his request for limited U.S. military strikes in Syria. The White House says the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near the capital, Damascus.

On Sunday night, the president stopped by a dinner Vice President Joe Biden was holding for Republican senators.

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11:42am

Sun September 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Syria Developments: Debate In Washington; Assad Speaks To Rose

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 5:05 pm

The Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Takla in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula is seen on Sept. 7. The town is now controlled by a rebel group with al-Qaida ties.
AFP/Getty Images

We're following several stories regarding Syria Sunday, including new comments from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There are also reports that an Islamist group with ties to al-Qaida has seized a town with a large Christian population. Elsewhere, officials in the U.S. and its allies are debating how to respond to the conflict that began in 2011, as President Obama's administration tries to shore up support for military action.

We'll update this post with news as it emerges today.

Update at 5 p.m. ET: Sampling Of Political Debate

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3:18pm

Sat September 7, 2013
The U.S. Response To Syria

Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:11 am

President Obama holds a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday on the sideline of the G-20 summit.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

President Obama has come home from the Group of 20 summit with essentially no more international support for a strike on Syria than when he left the U.S.

He spent the last three days in Sweden and Russia, lobbying U.S. allies on the sidelines and on the public stage, with little movement.

The conflict has presented perhaps the biggest challenge yet to Obama's multilateralist inclinations.

'A Hard Sell'

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7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Around the Nation

Progressive De Blasio Leads New York Mayoral Race

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

New York City voters go to the polls next Tuesday to choose their party's candidates to try to succeed three-term mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Anna Sale of member station WNYC has this look at the Democratic frontrunner.

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7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Middle East

Obama Wins Support From Only Half Of G-20

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

The president is back in Washington Saturday after spending several days trying to convince world leaders at the G-20 summit in Russia that a U.S. strike against Syria is necessary. Ten of the G-20 leaders signed a statement in support of U.S. action. The other half remain wary.

5:38am

Sat September 7, 2013
It's All Politics

Vulnerable Senators Straddle The Syria Fence

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Timothy D. Easley AP

President Obama has mustered limited international support for a military strike on Syria, stirred uncertainty about what he'll do if Congress fails endorse a strike (it may depend on the meaning of "intention") and faces growing Capitol Hill resistance.

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6:14pm

Fri September 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Opponents of Syria Strikes Gain Edge In Lobbying Fight

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 6:35 am

President Obama answers a question regarding the situation in Syria during his news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The interest groups opposed to U.S. military strikes against Syria had a very good week. That made it a very bad week for President Obama and those who support his plans.

Anna Galland, executive director of the liberal MoveOn.org — which opposes military action in Syria — said that by midweek, her group's members reported making 10,000 calls to Congress, contributing to an avalanche of calls from citizens opposed to military strikes.

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4:46pm

Fri September 6, 2013
It's All Politics

GOP Congressman: 'Constitutional Crisis' If Obama Bucks Vote

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 6:49 pm

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is one of few House Republicans who publicly back military action in Syria.
Michael Conroy AP

President Obama on Friday declined to say whether he'd go ahead with military action in Syria if Congress votes against it — a what-if scenario that's attracting growing attention in the wake of preliminary House head counts that suggest there's nowhere near enough votes for passage.

It's a question that won't be answered until late next week when Congress is expected to vote.

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12:50pm

Fri September 6, 2013
The Protojournalist

Quick Question: Can Only The Rich Be President?

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 1:31 pm

Donald Trump says he is considering running for president in 2016.
Robin Marchant Getty Images

Do you have to be rich to be president of the United States of America?

Donald Trump told ABC News recently that he might run for president in 2016 and that he is qualified because, among other reasons, he has amassed a net worth of more than $10 billion. "I'd spend a lot" on a campaign, he says. "I'd spend whatever it took."

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