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Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria

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Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

At home and abroad, President Obama's administration is pushing for a strike against Syria.

MONTAGNE: Congress debates this week. The president addresses the nation tomorrow. And over the weekend, the U.S. released video evidence of a Sarin gas attack on a suburb of Damascus. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke yesterday in Paris.

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SECRETARY JOHN KERRY: Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere, by any standards.

INSKEEP: And today in London, Kerry said military strikes could force Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to negotiate.

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KERRY: A resolution will not be found on the battlefield, but at that negotiating table. But we have to get to that negotiating table.

INSKEEP: Kerry spoke amid meetings with European and Arab leaders.

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