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Sep 9, 2013

Obama makes push on Syria, to examine Russian proposal on chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday turned up the pressure on a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military action in Syria but said it would closely examine a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

U.S. President Barack Obama planned six television interviews on Monday, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to make his case to lawmakers before making a televised address from the White House in the evening.

Sep 9, 2013

Obama ramps up effort to convince Congress, public on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ramped up an intensive lobbying blitz on Monday to convince a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military strikes against Syria, even as lawmakers criticized the administration’s approach and proposed alternative resolutions.

Obama planned six television interviews on Monday evening, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to speak directly to lawmakers before making a nationally televised address from the White House in the evening.

Sep 8, 2013

Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

The Obama administration faces a crucial test vote set for Wednesday in the U.S. Senate and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the rounds of five Sunday talk shows to argue for a resolution authorizing a limited strike on Syria.

Sep 8, 2013

Members of U.S. Congress question White House approach on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pressed its case on Sunday for military action in Syria but faced an uphill fight in Congress, where several prominent lawmakers said they have not been persuaded to approve strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

With a crucial test vote planned in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the rounds of five Sunday talk shows to argue that a limited strike in response to Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons would send a message of deterrence to regional foes.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama plans ‘full-court press’ to sway Congress on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week, stepping up his campaign to convince a deeply skeptical Congress to back strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Obama’s address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday will be part of a rejuvenated lobbying effort on Syria as Congress returns to Washington next week. A Democratic congressional aide said the administration is planning “a full-court press” aimed at undecided lawmakers.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama to make national address on Syria as Congress remains skeptical

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week and acknowledged his problems in convincing Congress to back strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Speaking in Russia, where he is attending the G20 summit, Obama told reporters he will address the nation from the White House on Tuesday in an effort to build public and congressional support for a military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Aug 28, 2013

Brief military action in Syria would limit risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons than from an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government.

As Obama’s administration builds a case for a likely military action in Syria, several analysts said such a move probably would not have lingering negative consequences for the president at home – as long as the intervention was short-lived.

Aug 28, 2013

Analysis: Brief military action in Syria would limit risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons than from an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government.

As Obama’s administration builds a case for a likely military action in Syria, several analysts said such a move probably would not have lingering negative consequences for the president at home – as long as the intervention was short-lived.

Jul 18, 2013

Analysis: publicans could see more bruising Senate primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liz Cheney’s decision to challenge Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi in a Republican primary next year sets up the type of divisive, intraparty fight that Republican leaders vowed to avoid after the 2012 elections.

The move this week by Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is unlikely to open the door for a Democrat to win the Senate seat in Wyoming, which is heavily Republican.

Jul 11, 2013

North Dakota clinic is on front lines of abortion-rights battle

, July 11 (Reuters) – The signs outside the Red
River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo suggest a place under
siege: “It is a federal crime to block the entrance to this
building,” says one. “No Trespassing,” says another.

They are aimed at the protesters who gather each day outside
a clinic that performs abortions, warning not to intrude on
women’s federally protected right to the procedure.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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