Politics

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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11:58am

Wed September 4, 2013
Beauty Shop

Who Are The Smartest People On Twitter?

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Sheila Bridges stood out for many reasons in her chosen field of interior design. Her celebrity client list, being African-American, but then she began to stand out in a way she did not want - she started losing her hair. We'll talk about how that changed her life and her focus. She talks about that in her new memoir "The Bald Mermaid." And we'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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11:58am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics

What Does America Think Of President Obama's 'Red Line?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to spend a good amount of time today hearing various points of view about how the U.S. and the international community should respond to events in Syria. Later, when we head into the Beauty Shop, we'll ask our panel of women journalists and commentators for their thoughts. And we also want to ask them about a list published by a business magazine of the smartest women on Twitter that was notably lacking in diversity. That's in just a few minutes.

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11:53am

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

So McCain Plays Games On His Phone When He's Bored; Do You?

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:32 pm

Those are the hands and phone of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. He gets bored sometimes, the lawmaker says. So, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday, he played a little poker.
Melina Mara The Washington Post/Getty Images

We were shocked, shocked to see a photo taken by The Washington Post's Melina Mara of Sen.

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6:58am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics

Sen. McCain Caught Playing Poker During Syria Hearing

During the more than three hour hearing on Tuesday, Sen. John McCain started playing poker on his phone. A photographer for The Washington Post snapped the photo. McCain confessed on Twitter, and said, "Worst of all I lost."

4:46am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics

Senators Rand Paul And John McCain Differ On Syria Strikes

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 6:42 am

Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona approach the question of military strikes on Syria from opposite wings of the Republican Party. Paul from the isolationist wing and McCain from the traditional, more hawkish wing. Their disagreement played out in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, and serves as a preview for the far more consequential version of this debate among House Republicans.

6:46pm

Tue September 3, 2013
It's All Politics

What If Congress Votes 'No' On Syria?

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 7:30 pm

President Obama attends a White House meeting on Syria Tuesday with congressional leaders.
Carolyn Kaster AP

With Republican House leaders lining up behind President Obama's planned U.S. military strike on Syria, the chances for congressional authorization seemed higher on Tuesday than they did over the weekend.

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5:04pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Politics

In Colorado, Campaigns To Recall 2 Lawmakers Heat Up

In Colorado, two state senators face recall elections next week. The recalls are the first ever for state lawmakers there. Just one issue is motivating the historic efforts: gun control. Robert Siegel talks to Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee about the recall campaigns.

5:04pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Politics

Kerry Makes Case For U.S. Action In Syria

Obama administration officials are making their case for action in Syria, with several Cabinet officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Secretary of State John Kerry argues that the U.S. needs to hold Bashar Assad's government accountable for the use of chemical weapons.

5:04pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Politics

Obama Gets Some Support For Military Action In Syria

Sixteen party leaders and key committee figures from both the House and Senate met with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner was among those who emerged to say they backed the idea of military intervention in Syria.

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