Politics

3:36am

Tue September 10, 2013
Politics

Colorado Voters To Decide 2 Lawmakers' Fates In Recall Elections

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:01 pm

State Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, both Democrats, face recall elections Tuesday. The battle in Colorado has attracted major players from across the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights.
Ed Andrieski AP

Two prominent Democratic state senators could lose their jobs after lawmakers passed sweeping gun control laws following the theater shooting in Auro, Colo., and the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. Gun rights activists collected enough signatures to force the historic recall elections.

The recalls follow a combative and bitter legislative session. Among the most controversial measures passed were universal background checks and limiting high-capacity magazines to 15 rounds.

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5:42pm

Mon September 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Constituent Mailbag: A Deluge Of Opposition To Syria Strikes

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 6:28 pm

Protesters against U.S. military action in Syria march to Capitol Hill from the White House on Saturday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Rep. Jim Himes is willing to vote against the wishes of his constituents. Probably not this time, though.

"Like the rest of the country, my constituency is pretty much opposed to the intervention in Syria," says the Connecticut Democrat. "Since health care reform, I haven't seen an issue that energized as many people."

His colleagues in the House and Senate report the same.

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5:02am

Mon September 9, 2013
Politics

Congress Returns Facing Work Besides Syria Resolution

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, when Representative Cole and his colleagues return to Capitol Hill today, they will hear about Syria from administration officials.

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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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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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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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