Tension Heightens Over Potential U.S. Strike On Syria

President Obama reportedly is still considering unilateral U.S. strikes in Syria despite the British Parliament's rejection of military action. Lawmakers in London voted on Thursday.

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President Obama used a 90-minute phone call last night to brief key Democrats and Republicans in Congress about possible military intervention in Syria. It was an effort to convince lawmakers that Syria's government used chemical weapons against rebels. Measured support then came from the ranking members of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.

GREENE: Democrat Robert Menendez called for a decisive response in Syria, adding: This is not a moment to look the other way. Republican Bob Corker said, quote, "I would support surgical proportional military strikes."

An intelligence report, similar to what was shared with lawmakers last night, is expected to be released today.

WERTHEIMER: Across the Atlantic, the British Parliament voted to keep that traditional American ally out of military action against Syria. But in an interview published this morning, the president of France stressed his country can still take part in strikes, to make sure Syria does not go unpunished.

U.N. weapons inspectors collecting evidence in Syria plan to come home tomorrow.

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