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Congress Gets Its Say On Syria

Many members of Congress had been clamoring for President Obama to come to Capitol Hill for permission before striking Syria, but some Republicans say he should have acted without waiting for approval. Guest host Wade Goodwyn talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang on how Congress may vote.
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In The Classroom, Jill Biden Is A Teacher First

Jill Biden's most visible role is second lady, wife to Vice President Joe Biden. But she has also had her own career as a teacher for more than three decades. She joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about her challenges and successes as an educator.
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With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

Library or Apple store? The Digital Commons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., has more screens than it does books. It's just one example of the many ways libraries are remodeling to meet the needs of 21st century users.
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Discovering The Small Miracle Of The Soup Dumpling

Soup dumplings are a miracle of transubstantiation, and the reciprocal of every other dumpling you've had. If they're made right, the dough will release the broth and fade away as you snap through the meaty filling.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Officiates Same-Sex Marriage

Two months after she joined a landmark Supreme Court ruling that said the federal government must recognize gay marriages, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday was reportedly officiating such a wedding.
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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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