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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014

McCain: Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter

“I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president, in my opinion,” McCain says.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Gates: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria was huge mistake

“I always used to say to the president, if you cock the pistol, you’ve got to be willing to fire it,” Gates says.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Top Democrat: Obama’s red line strategy on Syria ‘not well thought out’

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) made the remarks during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama tells other world leaders: ‘I believe America is exceptional’

President Obama defended American exceptionalism Tuesday at the United Nations.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Henry Kissinger predicts Syria will comply with 90 percent of chemical weapons deal

Kissinger said he remains optimistic that the deal would have a positive impact on the region and the world.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 09/19/2013

McCain goes after ‘corrupt’ Putin in op-ed for Russian outlet

“President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values,” McCain writes.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:50 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Americans: Russia is not our ally

As recently as 2006, nearly three-quarters of Americans -- 73 percent -- saw Russia as an ally.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013

McCain: Some Republicans oppose Obama on Syria ‘because they dislike’ him

“I think there’s probably some ... in all honesty that (oppose it) just because they dislike President Obama,” McCain said.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013

McCain will write op-ed for Russian newspaper

The news was first reported by Foreign Policy, which (somewhat unwittingly) facilitated the agreement.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Many members who voted for tough stance on Syria now oppose military action

105 current members of Congress voted in favor of the Syria Accountability Act but now oppose or are leaning against authorizing military force.

By William Branigin  |  03:10 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Congressman recalls drunken arm-wrestling match with Putin

“And he’s a little guy, but boy I tell you, he put me down in a millisecond,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

By Aaron Blake  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Rand Paul: Opposition to military action led to Syria diplomacy

The White House has said it was the use of force that led to diplomacy.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Pelosi knocks Putin on gay rights, draws big response

“Hopefully, when Pres. #Putin says “we must not forget that God created us equal” he includes gays and lesbians in Russia,” Pelosi tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Carney: Russia’s human rights record shows why America is exceptional

“Unlike Russia, the United States stands up for democratic values and human rights in our own country and around the world,” Carney says.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 09/12/2013

GOP senator says Obama is ‘diminished figure’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has been supportive of Obama’s call for the use of military force in Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:11 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Anti-war Democrat declares victory on Syria: ‘We did it’

“We did it. #Peace,” Grayson tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 09/11/2013

On Twitter, politicians and pundits unmoved by Obama’s Syria speech

Few said Obama’s remarks on Tuesday night had swayed them.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:54 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Obama urges Americans to watch video of aftermath of chemical weapon attack in Syria

In an address to the American people about Syria, Obama urged Americans to watch videos of the aftermath of the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  12:50 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:27 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Hillary Clinton: Syria debate ‘good’ for democracy

The former secretary of state reiterates her Monday comments.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:27 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 09/10/2013

The situation in Syria: Live updates

Because things are changing so rapidly, Post Politics has launched a live blog to keep tabs.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:24 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Charlie Rose’s full interview with Bashar al-Assad (Video)

CBS News’s Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013

In tense exchange, Kerry accuses House Republican of playing politics with Syria (Video)

“Look, do you want to play politics in here, or do you want to get a policy in place?” Kerry said.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Adelson now stands behind ‘commander in chief’

Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions trying to defeat President Obama, now says he stands behind the White House’s push for air strikes in Syria.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Kerry: ‘Exceedingly difficult’ for Syria to satisfy terms of Russian proposal

“We’re waiting for that proposal, but we’re not waiting for long,” he said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/10/2013

McConnell will oppose Syria resolution

McConnell said he had no faith that the Obama Administration could execute an appropriate response.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Obama’s Syria performance earns poor marks

The poll shows twice as many people -- 57 percent -- disapprove of how he’s handled the situation.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Hillary Clinton credits Obama for potential chemical weapons deal

Clinton said such a deal "only could take place in the context of a credible military threat" from the United States.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/09/2013

President Obama’s media blitz on Syria: Where and when to watch

Where/when to watch President Obama

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Feinstein: U.S. should consider Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons

“I think it’s a very important proposal and I think it needs to get followed up very quickly,” she told reporters.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  02:38 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Lawmakers head to the White House to plot strategy on Syria

Individually and in small groups, lawmakers are heading to the White House Monday to discuss how to rally support for launching a military strike against Syria.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Heitkamp is sixth Senate Democrat to oppose Syria resolution

She said in a statement that she will continue to listen to the case for intervention, but that she would be a 'no' if the vote were today.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Kerry: Military action in Syria would be ‘unbelievably small’

"That is exactly what we are talking about doing unbelievably small, limited kind of effort," Kerry said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Polls: Opposition to Syria strikes on the rise

About seven in 10 say both that such action would not make a significant impact and that it is not in the national interest.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:50 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 09/07/2013

Obama to grant six interviews on eve of Syria speech

Obama will sit down with PBS, CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC for interviews airing on Monday night, according to White House officials.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:59 PM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Madeleine Albright pushes Congress in support of Syria resolution

By David Nakamura  |  02:11 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/06/2013

White House lists 10 countries supporting action on Syria

The allies are: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 09/06/2013

President Obama’s Russia press conference: Live updates

President Obama is taking question from reporters at the G20 Summit in Russia, with an expected emphasis on the situation in Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:35 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Obama adviser: President doesn’t intend to use force without Congress

Appearing on NPR, Tony Blinken said it is "neither (Obama's) desire nor intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him.”

By Aaron Blake  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Manchin opposes Senate’s Syria resolution

"Given the case that has been presented to me, I believe that a military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action."

By Aaron Blake  |  05:44 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike

In a statement, Grimm says the window for action has now passed and that his constituents' feedback changed his mind.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 09/05/2013

White House scrambles to win Japan’s support for Syria strikes

Obama met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, where both are attending the G-20 economic summit.

By David Nakamura  |  12:22 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/05/2013

MoveOn.org lobbies against Syria resolution, while OFA stays neutral

Liberal group MoveOn.org is working to defeat the resolution authorizing the use of military force against Syria, while Organizing For Action remains neutral.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Pelosi not sure House Democrats will back Syria resolution

Given the increasingly opposed House GOP caucus, the Obama Administration would need strong support among House Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:49 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Rick Santorum opposes Syria resolution

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is the latest to line up against military action.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Senate to convene briefly to move Syria resolution along

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assad regime, Bashar al-Assad, chemical weapons, Foreign relations, Herry M. Reid, Syria, U.S. military, U.S. Senate

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 09/04/2013

The House’s Syria hearing: Live updates

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Check Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey are again set to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:42 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 09/04/2013

McCain opposes Senate’s Syria resolution

"In its current form, I do not" support it, McCain told AP.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:14 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013

McCain on smartphone poker: ‘I get a little bored’

The Arizona Republican explained to CNN that he just needed a break from the lengthy hearing on Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 09/03/2013

The Senate’s Syria hearing: Live updates

That latest from Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:01 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Boehner and Cantor will support Syria strike

"I'm going to support the president's call for action, and I believe my colleagues should," Boehner said.

By Aaron Blake and David Nakamura  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/03/2013

McCain says he would oppose a weak Syria resolution

McCain warned Monday that it would be "catastrophic" if Congress rejected President Obama's use of force resolution.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 09/02/2013

McCain says rejecting Syria resolution would be ‘catastrophic’

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said Congress must authorize force or risk undermining the nation's credibility

By Juliet Eilperin  |  05:30 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Rand Paul, James Inhofe, Peter King skeptical Congress will approve Syria strike

Key Republicans are skeptical that Congress will approve military action against Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Mike Rogers: ‘Congress will rise to the occasion’ and approve Syria strike

The House Intelligence Committee Chairman expresses confidence Congress will sign off on a strike against Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Kerry cites fresh evidence Syria launched chemical attack

Kerry offers more evidence that Syria launched a chemical attack.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 08/30/2013

Obama says action in Syria would be ‘limited, narrow’

Obama's comments come after Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a forceful case for why action is warranted.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:51 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 08/30/2013

George W. Bush: ‘I was not a fan of Mr. Assad’

The former president recalled his memories of the Syrian president while he was in office

By Ruth Tam  |  11:52 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Kerry: History would judge indifference toward Syria ‘extraordinarily harshly’

The statement will be delivered in the department's Treaty Room and will be streamed live at www.state.gov.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:34 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Rand Paul: ‘We should not engage in a war’ in Syria

"There are potential repercussions," Paul warns.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Pelosi urges military response to Syria

The House minority leader signs off on a "measured, targeted and limited approach."

By Aaron Blake  |  09:29 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Half of Americans oppose broad military action in Syria, poll finds

Public tilts in favor of limited missile strikes, but wants congressional approval before taking action.

By Scott Clement  |  09:23 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Polls, Syria

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2013

White House calls dialogue with Congress on Syria ‘robust’

Senior administration officials plan to brief select lawmakers on Syria during a teleconference Thursday.

By David Nakamura  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria, White House

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Rumsfeld says Obama’s Syria strategy is ‘mindless’

The former defense secretary also says Obama hasn't made clear how getting involved is in the U.S. national interest.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:20 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Obama says potential U.S. strike on Syria would send ‘strong signal’

In an interview with PBS, Obama confirms that his administration has concluded that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

By David Nakamura  |  06:57 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Rand Paul urges caution on Syria: ‘We should ascertain who used the weapons’

He also appears to question the administration's assertion that the Syrian regime definitely used chemical weapons.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/28/2013

McCain: Administration leaks on Syria are ‘crazy’

"If I were Bashar Assad, I think I would declare tomorrow a snow day and keep everybody from work," the Arizona senator said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:34 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Boehner consults with White House on Syria

The speaker says there "must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress" before any military action.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:08 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria, White House

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Sen. Bob Corker: U.S. action in Syria is 'imminent'

The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee member says "it's up to us to intervene."

By Ruth Tam  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/25/2013

Engel, Corker push for U.S. action in Syria

Top lawmakers advocate for quick action against Syrian government.

By Ruth Tam  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2013

McCain: 'It is time' to assist Syrian people

The Arizona senator condemns the Syrian president and pushes for more serious action in the region

By Ruth Tam  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Bill Clinton: U.S. posture on Syria 'trending in the right direction'

The former president likes what he sees from the Obama administration.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Large majority opposes U.S. action in Syria, poll finds

Surveys find low attention and certainty that Syria used chemical weapons in conflict

By Scott Clement  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls, Syria

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Mitt Romney: Syria involvement doesn’t mean bombs, troops

Any U.S. involvement in the ongoing conflict in Syria should focus on identifying "reasonable and responsible people" who could lead a new government and any American role in the situation "doesn't mean sending troops or dropping bombs," Mitt Romney said Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:39 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  chris christie, mitt romney, rob portman, romney, romney ohio, syria