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Mandela Is Released From The Hospital

The former South African president went home from a hospital today and will continue to receive care for his recurring lung infection at his Johannesburg home.
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Obama Asks Congress To Approve Action On Syria

President Obama said Saturday he believes the United States should take military action against Syria, in response to last week's deadly chemical weapons attack. But in an about-face, Obama has decided to first seek a vote in Congress authorizing a military strike. It's a gamble. While approval from Congress would strengthen the president's hand, he could also suffer a stinging rebuke from lawmakers, much as British Prime Minister David Cameron did.
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On Syria, How Might Congress Vote?

Lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate are praising President Obama for seeking their authorization for any military action in Syria. Still, Congress isn't even scheduled to return to Washington until Sept. 9. And how might they vote? It's "kind of a gamble" says NPR congressional reporter Ailsa Chang.
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Republican Who Asked For Congressional Say Gets His Wish

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., had sent a letter to President Obama urging him to seek congressional approval before any military action against Syria. Surprisingly, on Saturday, Obama agreed. Cole talks about what comes next.
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Chemical Weapons And Civilians: The Invisible Threat

A quarter century ago, Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group investigated chemical attacks against civilians in Iraq, and says recent images from Syria bring back the "horrible events" of Saddam Hussein's regime.
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While Britain Votes No, France Still Backs Strikes On Syria

Only 10 years ago, the French were derided in Washington political circles for their rejection of plans to invade Iraq. Now the so-called "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" are standing by the U.S. on Syria — while the country's closest European ally, Britain, has rejected military action.
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Transcript: President Obama Turns To Congress On Syria

At the White House Saturday, Obama spoke about the possibility of a U.S. strike against Syria in response to the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. While he said the U.S. should take military action, Obama said he would seek congressional authorization first.
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Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria

Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.
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Jailed Leader Of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Suffers Heart Attack

The official MENA news agency denies reports that Mohammed Badie, who was arrested by Egyptian authorities earlier this month, has died.
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Why Are U.S. Presidents Calling On The Military So Often?

Despite the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents are sending the U.S. military into battle with great frequency. The military has carried out more than a dozen separate operations since the first Gulf War in Iraq in 1991.

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