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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.

Jun 30, 2013

Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday.

Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the immigration measure, said House Republicans who are now vowing they will not pass the Senate measure will ultimately be convinced by political concerns about the party’s future.

Jun 18, 2013

NSA head, lawmakers jointly defend surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Security Agency said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations.

In the first hearing dedicated to the programs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed them earlier this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will on Tuesday to pursue significant reforms.

Jun 18, 2013

NSA head, lawmakers defend surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Security Agency said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations.

In the first hearing dedicated to the programs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed them earlier this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will on Tuesday to pursue significant reforms.

Jun 17, 2013

Snowden rejects suggestions he is a spy for China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs, fought back against his critics on Monday and denied allegations that he was a spy for China.

Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he revealed the programs in part out of disappointment with President Barack Obama, who he said had expanded “abusive” government programs while in office.

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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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