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If It's Not Legal, Can A Strike On Syria Be Justified?

Analysts say the case for military intervention in Syria lacks a legal basis, yet the White House argues it might be the right thing to do. While there may not be legal precedent under international law, it wouldn't be the first time the U.S. has taken military action on humanitarian grounds.
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Syrians Anticipate U.S. Strikes

Residents in Damascus are preparing for a possible attack from the United States. Syrian Nada Keuttnen, who works as a fixer for journalists in Damascus, tells host Scott Simon about the mood in the capital as the threat of U.S. missile strikes looms.
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Putin Calls Claims Of Syrian Chemical Attack 'Nonsense'

The Russian leader says claims made by the U.S. are "nothing more than a provocation" for a military strike on the regime.
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Colorado Event Honors Iraq War Hero

The Two-Mile High Veterans Weekend event in Leadville, Colo., will pay special tribute to Leadville native Lance Cpl. Nick Palmer, who was killed in Fallujah in 2004. Host Scott Simon speaks with former State Department adviser and event co-organizer Kael Weston, as well as Nick Palmer's father, Brad Palmer.
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How A Reluctant Obama Ended Up Preparing For A Strike

Despite more than two years of fighting that has left 100,000 people dead, President Obama has resisted intervening in Syria. But he appears to have concluded that the use of chemical weapons demands a response, even if it risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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6 Things To Keep In Mind As Obama Confronts Syria

As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.
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Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public

Radio and print ads launched this week warn of damage wrought by so-called patent trolls. Business groups and software developers say patents are being used as legal weapons in a tactic that costs the economy tens of billions of dollars a year.
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Minnesota Bridge Collapse Survivors Take Pieces Of It Home

On Aug. 1, 2007, the interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. Now, survivors of the accident are able to claim pieces of the bridge. Melissa Block talks with Kim Dahl who retrieved one of the pieces of the bridge.
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Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak

On a summer night in Phoenix, city dwellers can watch a line of head lamps inch up Piestewa Peak. The mountain rises sharply more than 1,200 feet above the neighborhoods of Central Phoenix. It's the most popular outdoor trek in the city. But in July and August the sun turns deadly there and hikers wait until it's safely below the horizon to begin their ascent. At the top, the view unfolds like magic every time — a desert city of four million people that glows red, white and orange.
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Kerry: Syria's Chemical Weapons Use A Test Of American Resolve

Secretary of State John Kerry says there is clear evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its citizens. He laid out that evidence at a briefing at the State Department, and pledged a "tailored and limited" US response to hold the Assad regime accountable.

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