CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SYRIA DEAL: NOT A GAME… Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S.-Russia efforts to pursue a transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to international control "is not a game." He said it has to be "comprehensive," "verifiable," and "implemented in a timely fashion." "There ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place," Kerry said Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland.
CARNEY: PUTIN’S CREDIBILITY ON THE LINE: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Russian President Vladimir Putin... “Both in his op-ed and in the statements and actions that we have seen from President Putin and his foreign minister it is clear that President Putin has invested his credibility in transferring Assad’s chemical weapons to international control and ultimately destroying them. This is significant. Russia is Assad’s patron and protector and the world will note whether Russia can follow through on the commitments that it’s made.”