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Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

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 approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term […]

Republican Senators want details on Obama’s determination to strike Syria

Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad‘s Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama’s intervention now will be more difficult because Assad “is moving his forces around.” Both McCain […]

Obama, Syria says, is just ‘confused’ and promises confrontation

Obama, Syria says, is just ‘confused’ and promises confrontation

Syria on Sunday derided President Barack Obama’s decision to hold off on punitive military strikes, but also took precautions by reportedly moving some troops and military equipment to civilian areas. The Obama administration countered that its case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is getting stronger, saying it now has […]

Debate on Syria gets louder with more questions raised

Debate on Syria gets louder with more questions raised

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 planned for a vote on the authorization soon after lawmakers return from their summer recess on Sept. […]

Reversal on Syria raises questions on Obama’s credibility

Reversal on Syria raises questions on Obama’s credibility

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 devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that […]

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

They came to honor Dr. Martin Luther King‘s dream, a tapestry of humanity with all shades of skin and from all walks of life. Yet there was something missing from the Lincoln Memorial this week: Republicans. Fifty years ago, Democrats and Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding equal rights for African-Americans. But during the past […]

Obama wants Congressional approval for Syria strike

Obama wants Congressional approval for Syria strike

Delaying what had loomed as 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 an attack that killed hundreds. With Navy ships on standby in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch their cruise […]

Republicans sue to stop gay marriage in New Mexico

Republicans sue to stop gay marriage in New Mexico

A group of Republican legislators has brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in New Mexico since six counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past week. The lawsuit targets one southern New Mexico county — Dona Ana — but could provide another route for the dispute to reach […]