CNN Instant Poll: Did Obama move the needle on Syria?
September 10th, 2013
10:36 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN Instant Poll: Did Obama move the needle on Syria?

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's prime time address to the nation on Tuesday said they favor the approach to Syria that the president spelled out in his speech, according to an instant poll.

But an exclusive CNN/ORC International survey of speech-watchers conducted immediately after the conclusion of Obama's address also indicates that those who tuned into the address were split on whether the president made the case for military action against Syria.
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September 10th, 2013
09:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Transcript: Obama's address on Syria

(CNN) – Targeted military strikes against Syria would deter Syria's government from using chemical weapons and make clear to the world that the use of such weapons won't be tolerated, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night in a televised address to the American public.

He also pointed to "encouraging signs" in diplomatic efforts to address the crisis, crediting these "in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action." But if diplomacy fails, the U.S. and its military will "be in position to respond," Obama said, not ruling out military intervention in the war-torn country.

Read a transcript of his remarks below.
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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
September 10th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Santorum: The U.S. has no national security interest in Syria

(CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who previously favored potential military strikes in Syria, forcefully argued Tuesday on CNN's "Crossfire" the United States has no reason to take military action in the war-torn country.

"The bottom line here is we have no national security interest," the 2012 GOP presidential candidate said, just hours before President Barack Obama is set to explain in a televised address the stakes for the United States in Syria.
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Filed under: Crossfire • Joe Lieberman • Rick Santorum • Syria
September 10th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama’s Syria address a speechwriter’s tall order

Washington (CNN) – The hardest job in Washington today belongs to President Barack Obama’s speechwriters - they have to craft an address calling for a vote in Congress that Obama may or may not abide by, over a military strike the president may or may not need, for a war he’s said he prefers not to wage.

So how do you make that one sing?
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Filed under: Obama address • President Obama • Syria
Obama to nominate Carlin as DOJ’s chief national security lawyer
September 10th, 2013
06:33 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama to nominate Carlin as DOJ’s chief national security lawyer

(CNN) - President Barack Obama nominated John Carlin as the Justice Department’s chief national security lawyer.

Carlin has held the post of acting assistant attorney general for national security since March when Lisa Monaco left to become the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

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Filed under: Justice Department
N.J. law grants sick children access to edible medical marijuana
September 10th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
7 months ago

N.J. law grants sick children access to edible medical marijuana

(CNN) – Ill children in New Jersey will be able to more easily access edible medical marijuana under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie.

Qualifying minors in New Jersey will now have a wider variety of treatment options, and the new law will remove the limit on the number of marijuana strains that may be cultivated.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Obama administration offers timeline for new Syria diplomacy
September 10th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama administration offers timeline for new Syria diplomacy

Washington (CNN) - After U.S. officials attempted to explain Secretary of State John Kerry's invitation to Syria to abandon its chemical weapons as "rhetorical," the Obama administration is now offering a timeline to make the case the top U.S. diplomat's remarks may have been less accidental than previously acknowledged.

At a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague Monday, Kerry appeared to give Syrian president Bashar al-Assad an opportunity to avoid a U.S. military strike.
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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Russia • Syria
CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013
September 10th, 2013
04:57 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: KERRY TO SWITZERLAND… CNN’s Elise Labott reports: Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Thursday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syria, according to a senior State Department official.

SYRIA: COME GET ’EM: REPORT: ASSAD PREPARED TO DISCLOSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS LOCATIONS Syria says it is ready to disclose the location of chemical weapons, halt production, and show its facilities to representatives of Russia, the United Nations, and other states, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. – Michael Pearson

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Cuccinelli gives $18k to charity to offset controversial gifts
September 10th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
7 months ago

Cuccinelli gives $18k to charity to offset controversial gifts

(CNN) – Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli picked a frenetic news day to announce he has given $18,000 to a Richmond-based charity in an attempt to allay criticism over gifts he received from the CEO of Star Scientific.

In a video posted to his website Tuesday, Cuccinelli said that he made the donation to an unnamed charity in recent days without saying when the check was written.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
The tea party vs. establishment
September 10th, 2013
04:12 PM ET
7 months ago

The tea party vs. establishment

Washington (CNN) – A growing chorus of high-profile tea party leaders is threatening Republican lawmakers: Defund Obamacare or get a primary challenge.

Three conservative Republican senators, a handful of House members and even more tea party activists took to a stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday afternoon to protest the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But their call to action–and their anger–was directed more at the Republican leadership in the House than at President Obama.
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Filed under: Health care
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