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  • AP Survey: House Shows Opposition To Syria Attack

    AP Survey: House Shows Opposition To Syria Attack

    WASHINGTON  — Suggesting an uphill fight for President Barack Obama, House members staking out positions are either opposed to or leaning against his plan for a U.S. military strike against Syria by more than a 6-1 margin, a survey by […]

  • Obama Sets Tuesday Speech; Big Challenges On Syria

    Obama Sets Tuesday Speech; Big Challenges On Syria

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President Barack Obama candidly acknowledged deep challenges Friday in pursuing support for a military strike against Syria from international allies and the U.S. Congress. He refused to say whether […]

  • In this image provided by the Department of Energy, chemist Brian Dockendorff works on a mass spectrometer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.,  Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Three simple numbers will prove if sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81. Carlos Fraga, a chemist at the lab who specializes in nerve agent forensics calls those numbers sarin’s fingerprint. Fraga says once chemists see those digits, they know they’ve got sarin. (AP Photo/Carlos Fraga)

    Labs Seeking Sarin Chemical Signature: 99-125-81

    WASHINGTON  — Three simple numbers will prove whether sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81.
    Chemists this week around Europe are feeding samples of bodily tissue and dirt collected after chemical attacks in Syria into sophisticated machines, waiting for […]

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to advance President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Divided Vote Foreshadows Obama Challenge On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in […]

  • Senate Panel Votes To Authorize Force In Syria

    Senate Panel Votes To Authorize Force In Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.
    The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full […]

  • Obama: Congress, World Credibility On The Line

    Obama: Congress, World Credibility On The Line

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over how to respond to the […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks to Marine One before departing for Sweden and the G20 Summit in Russia from the White House in Washington September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    Obama Wins Backing For Syria Strike From Key Figures In Congress

    By Jeff Mason and Yara Bayoumy  | Wed Sep 4, 2013 4:44am EDT (Reuters)

    WASHINGTON/BEIRUT – President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the U.S. Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited U.S. strikes onSyria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry, center, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, prior to testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Kerry: No Troops On Ground In Syria Strike Plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is making one thing very clear when it comes to a potential military strike against Syria: There will be no American boots on the ground.
    Kerry went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to […]

  • From right to left, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., listen to testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a hearing on President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    AP Sources: Senators Agree On Syria Resolution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say the top lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached agreement on a resolution on using military force against Syria.
    The aides said the panel planned to consider and vote on the measure Wednesday. […]

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  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with between the president and Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. Boehner said he will support the president's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Gains John Boehner’s Support On Syria-Strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while administration officials agreed to explicitly rule out the use of […]

  • President Barack Obama talks with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, prior to speaking to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. Photo: Carolyn Kaster

    President Obama Has Bipartisan Support For Syria Strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s call for a military strike in Syria won significant momentum Tuesday, with leaders of both parties in Congress announcing they are convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people […]

  • The rising sun glints off of windows in the Capitol in Washington, on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he'll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime, now the Obama administration is trying to rally support among Americans and their congressman and senators.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Obama Must Address Skeptics, Lawmakers About Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is holding its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria as President Barack Obama seeks to convince skeptical Americans and their lawmakers about the need to respond to last month’s alleged sarin […]

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  • President Barack Obama arrives to deliver remarks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington. Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    In First Major Test, Obama Overrules New Team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all.
    Obama’s abrupt decision to seek congressional […]

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington,  Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, following a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the situation with Syria. President Barack Obama, working to persuade skeptical lawmakers to endorse a U.S. military intervention in civil war-wracked Syria, hosted the two leading Capitol Hill foreign policy hawks for talks and directed his national security team to testify before Congress in a determined effort to sell his plan for limited missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Obama Tries Persuading The Skeptical On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama got some conditional support for military intervention in Syria from two key Republican foreign policy hawks Monday who said the president still needs to make a strong case for attacking the regime of President […]

  • In this photo provided by CBS News, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks about the U.S. response to Syria on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. McCain said he and others on Capitol Hill would want to see a plan and a strategy, that will achieve some goals that the country needs achieved. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

    Obama Seeks Syria Support From McCain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is inviting former foe Sen. John McCain to the White House, hoping one of Congress’ most intractable foreign policy hawks will help sell the idea of a U.S. military intervention in Syria to a […]

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    Congress ‘Evenly Divided’ On Obama’s Next Move In Syria

    WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his top aides launched a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but faced an uphill struggle to win over many […]

  • President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the crisis in Syria to media gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. Delaying what had loomed as an imminent strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, Obama announced Saturday that he wanted to put the matter before Congress first. He said, "I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective." His remarks were televised live in the United States as well as on Syrian state television with translation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Debate Begins On Question Of A Strike On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate is on as congressional lawmakers begin considering President Barack Obama’s request that they authorize a military strike on Syria to punish the Assad regime for an alleged chemical attack on its own people.
    Leaders in Congress […]

  • Analysis: Obama’s Credibility On Line In Reversal

    Analysis: Obama’s Credibility On Line In Reversal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama’s abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could […]

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  • President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, right, after making a statement about the crisis in Syria in the White House Rose Garden in Washington Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Obama said he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he said he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Lawmakers Begin To Grapple With Syria Question

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled Saturday with whether to sign off on President Barack Obama’s plan to punish Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack. Now with a stake […]

  • Obama Seeking Congressional Vote For Syria Action

    Obama Seeking Congressional Vote For Syria Action

     
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in […]

  • A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled "The Impact of Obamacare", at a "Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally" in Littleton, New Hampshire in this October 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi//Files

    Deadline For Finalizing Obamacare Health Plans Delayed

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.

    The U.S. Department of […]

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  • Birds fly past as President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office along the West Wing colonnade at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, as he travels to New York and Pennsylvania. President Barack Obama on Thursday will unveil a sweeping new plan for rating colleges based in part on affordability, with the goal of eventually linking those ratings to federal financial aid awards. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama Meets New Five-Member Panel Reviewing Surveillance Programs

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama met on Tuesday with a five-member panel he appointed to review the privacy issues involved with U.S. government surveillance programs, the White House said, part of an effort to rebuild public trust after leaks by […]

  • United States Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the media on the Syrian situation in Washington August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

    U.S. Seeks Accountability For Syria Gas Attack, Edges Closer To Military Response

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry laid the groundwork on Monday for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in a “moral obscenity.”
    In the most forceful U.S. reaction […]

  • Thompson Within Striking Distance For NYC Mayor

    Thompson Within Striking Distance For NYC Mayor

    BY JONATHAN LEMIRE  – ASSOCIATED PRESS – Aug 25, 12:09 PM EDT  
    NEW YORK (AP) — In the topsy-turvy New York City mayoral race that has been filled with larger-than-life characters, Bill Thompson has run a steady, under-the-radar campaign that has put him […]

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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, file citizen journalism image provided by the Media Office Of Douma City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists, in Douma town, Damascus, Syria. Humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013,  some 355 people showing "neurotoxic symptoms" died after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs earlier this week. The group says three hospitals it supports had reported receiving about 3,600 patients with such symptoms in less than three hours that day. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Douma City, File)

    Top Lawmakers Call For Military Response In Syria

    BY KIMBERLY DOZIER (AP) INTELLIGENCE WRITER – Aug 25, 9:54 AM EDT  
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria’s suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week.
    Republican Sen. […]

  • For President Obama, World Looks Far Different Than Expected

    For President Obama, World Looks Far Different Than Expected

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. […]

  • Hagel Says U.S Still Weighing Response To Syria

    Hagel Says U.S Still Weighing Response To Syria

    BY ROBERT BURNS  (AP) NATIONAL SECURITY WRITER – Aug 24, 11:39 PM EDT
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is still weighing the question of whether to use military force in Syria in response to […]

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  • U.S. Military Option In Syria Being Weighed, Chuck Hagel Says

    U.S. Military Option In Syria Being Weighed, Chuck Hagel Says

    ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC — The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Barack Obama to order military strikes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday.
    Hagel declined to […]

  • President Obama Plays Down U.S Intervening In Syria

    President Obama Plays Down U.S Intervening In Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday played down the prospect of speedy U.S. intervention in Syria, stressing the difficulty of ordering military action against the Assad government without a strong international coalition and a legal mandate from the […]

  • Syrian citizens try to identify dead bodies after an alleged poisonous gas attack, in the eastern suburb of Arbeen, Damascus, Syria, Aug. 21, 2013. / AP/LOCAL COMMITTEE OF ARBEEN

    Obama Faces Growing Calls To Act Over Syria Gas Attack Claims

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday faced growing calls at home and abroad for forceful action against the Syrian government over accusations that it carried out a massive deadly chemical weapons attack.

    While the White House said it was “appalled” […]

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  • Call Me Chelsea: Manning Wants To Live As A Woman Named Chelsea

    Call Me Chelsea: Manning Wants To Live As A Woman Named Chelsea

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman named Chelsea and begin hormone treatment as soon as possible, the soldier said a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving government secrets […]

  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is working with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on the KIDS Act to give legal status to some young undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    HOUSE CHAIRMAN REJECTS ‘SPECIAL’ CITIZENSHIP PATH

    VERONA, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is rejecting the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway to citizenship.

    Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia also says he’ll do everything he can to […]

  • National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, in this January 29, 2010 file photo. (Saul Loeb/AFP Getty Images)

    New NSA Revelations Stir Congressional Concern

    BY KIMBERLY DOZIER AP INTELLIGENCE WRITER Aug 16, 6:09 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New revelations from leaker Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency has overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008 are stirring renewed calls on Capitol Hill […]

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  • Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gavels the opening of the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

    Republicans May Boycott CNN, NBC Presidential Debates

    By Scott Malone | Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:09pm EDT (Reuters)

    BOSTON – The U.S. Republican party resolved on Friday to boycott any 2016 presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC if the networks go ahead with plans to make special programs on Hillary […]

  • Mc Cain, Graham Call For Suspending U.S. Aid To Egypt

    Mc Cain, Graham Call For Suspending U.S. Aid To Egypt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators are calling on the Obama administration to suspend U.S. aid amid spiraling violence in Egypt.
    Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina traveled to Egypt last week at President Barack Obama’s […]

  • Report: NSA Spying Broke Privacy Rules Many Times

    Report: NSA Spying Broke Privacy Rules Many Times

    Aug 16, 3:01 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
    Most […]

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  • U.S. Scraps Military Drills With Egypt But Not Aid

    U.S. Scraps Military Drills With Egypt But Not Aid

    BY JULIE PACE AND NEDRA PICKLER  ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug 15, 8:19 PM EDT
    CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo […]

  • Obama Condemns Egypt Over Violence, Cancels Joint Military Exercise

    Obama Condemns Egypt Over Violence, Cancels Joint Military Exercise

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    By Ayman Mohyeldin and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News
    CAIRO – President Barack Obama strongly condemned  Egypt’s interim government Thursday, saying the United States was canceling a planned joint military operation […]

  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker announces his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat during a news conference in Newark, June 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

    New Jersey’s Booker Expected To Dominate Senate Primary Election

    By Ellen Wulfhorst | Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:36am EDT (Reuters)

    NEW YORK – Newark Mayor Cory Booker seemed poised for victory on Tuesday as New Jersey voters head to the polls to select party nominees in the race to fill the state’s empty […]

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