August 31, 2013 Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.
At the White House Saturday, President Obama said he would seek congressional approval before taking action in Syria.
August 31, 2013 President Obama, speaking from the Rose Garden, said he'd decided to use military force against Syria, but was also seeking congressional authorization for the action.
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President Obama pauses after answering questions from the news media during his meeting with Baltic leaders at the White House on Friday.
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August 30, 2013 As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.
President Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the White House in Washington on Friday.
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August 30, 2013 President Obama said while the military has explored a wide range of options, he is considering a "limited narrow act" that involves no boots on the ground.
A weapon is used on the indoor firing range at the National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Fla., in April.
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August 29, 2013 The two orders would stop private individuals from importing U.S.-made military surplus weapons from abroad and close a loophole that allows some felons to skirt background checks.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2011.
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August 29, 2013 The former defense secretary, who led the Pentagon when the U.S. went to war with Iraq, is critical of how the current administration is handling the run-up to what are expected to be military strikes on targets in Syria.
Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio listens at a Nov. 4, 2012, rally in Livonia, Mich. The suburban Detroit congressman has said it would be a "dream come true" to seek the impeachment of President Obama.
August 27, 2013 President Obama is as likely to be impeached as he is to be a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft. That doesn't mean calls for his impeachment will end anytime soon.
A young girl receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in Damascus, Syria, after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the military.
August 26, 2013 The thorny issue of what to do about Syria makes President Obama's coming fiscal fights with congressional Republicans seem easy by comparison.
Ammunition was stacked up Saturday in an area near Damascus that is controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
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August 26, 2013 American officials say there's little doubt the Assad regime used chemical weapons to kill scores of people last week. As U.S. Navy ships close in, analysts say it's likely that cruise missiles will be fired at Syrian "command and control" centers in coming days. The goal? Alter Assad's behavior.
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President Obama speaks at a town hall-style meeting at SUNY Binghamton on Friday.
August 23, 2013 President Obama cast aside his usual caution while speaking at a town hall-style meeting in Binghamton, N.Y., on Friday. "I'm in my second term, so I can say it," he said, before suggesting law schools shave a year off their programs.
Antoinette Tuff, on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday.
August 23, 2013 Antoinette Tuff had both courage and heart, President Obama says of the woman who persuaded a young man to lay down his weapons after he entered a Georgia elementary school this week. He's planning to invite her to the White House.
Syrian activists — many wearing gas masks — looked for victims and evidence Thursday in an area near Damascus where government forces allegedly used chemical weapons.
August 23, 2013 Reports about the use of chemical weapons near Damascus are "very troublesome," the president tells CNN. For the U.S., "core national interests" are now at stake: Syria's weapons of mass destruction must not be allowed to spread. But military action also requires international support, Obama says.
The audience listens as President Obama speaks at Scranton High School in Scranton, Pa., on Nov. 30, 2011.
August 23, 2013 Obama and Biden will be making yet another visit to Scranton on Friday. The northeastern Pennsylvania city has become a must-stop for politicians trying to connect with working-class voters.
President Obama takes the stage at the University at Buffalo on Thursday.
August 22, 2013 President Obama's big idea of linking federal financial aid to a new college ratings system — based on metrics like student debt levels — would require congressional action. That means it would have to make it through the GOP-led House, where Obama's initiatives don't have a great track record.
The climbing wall at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Such amenities have been cited as evidence of wasteful spending on college campuses.
August 20, 2013 President Obama is scheduled to address the college affordability crisis in a two-day, campaign-style bus tour. Will he talk about the complex reasons behind rising costs?
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