Syria under the spotlight in Washington

June 13, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

Syria under the spotlight: The United States has concluded that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons to kill at least 100 people over the past year, crossing President Obama's "red line." The White House did not immediately announce any specific new U.S. response. Meanwhile, after Bill Clinton told a private event he supported more aggressive intervention in Syria, the White House was put on defense in the afternoon press briefing. “We’re assessing options all the time, including, providing weapons to the opposition,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during the briefing.

FBI investigating Snowden: FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told lawmakers the bureau is conducting a criminal investigation of Edward Snowden, the man who outed himself as the source of leaks about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance efforts.

Senators briefed on surveillance: Nearly half the Senate attended a briefing with national security officials on how the surveillance techniques helped prevent terrorist attacks. Lawmakers said the general public will learn more details about the efforts by Monday.

Setback for gun-control advocates: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed the Democratic state legislature’s universal background checks bill.

Palin back to Fox News: Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News as a contributor. Fox News chief Roger Ailes said he's had "several conversations" with Palin about rejoining Fox in recent weeks.

So much for being Mr. Popular... Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) runs about even with former congressman Tom Tancredo (R) in a new Quinnipiac University poll. Hickenlooper's decision to grant a convicted murderer a temporary reprieve from being executed was received very poorly by voters.

Rounds aims high: Former South Dakota governor Mike Rounds (R) plans to raise $9 million for his Senate bid. If he's going to meet that lofty goal, he'd better start having better quarters than his last one.

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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