An attack on Syria goes before Congress. Obama in Russia. Diana Nyad’s epic swim. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
A real, deep quandary over Syria this week in Congress and a gut-wrenching debate beyond. Hearings and passion for military strikes, intervention. A chorus of passion against military strikes in town halls around the country. An unresolved tension over what intervention would be – a smack or a game-changer. In Russia, the President says it’s the world’s red line. We’ll see.
Beyond Syria, Japan builds a nuclear ice wall, jobs numbers come in soft, Diana Nyad makes her big swim. Robert Frost is dead. Up next On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
– Tom Ashbrook
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USA Today: House panel debate shows divide over Syria resolution — “The Obama administration’s push for congressional approval of military strikes on Syria continued Wednesday in the GOP-led U.S. House, where Secretary of State John Kerry compared inaction against Syria to early efforts to appease Nazi Germany.”
Bloomberg News: Kerry Turns From Anti-War Protester to Syria Salesman — “Kerry, who spent hours testifying on Capitol Hill the past two days to persuade reluctant lawmakers to approve a strike to punish the Syrian regime for what the U.S. says was the gassing of 1,400 people, has emerged as the Obama administration’s most passionate advocate of a military response to an atrocity.”
Reuters: Pressure grows on Obama over Syria at G20 summit — “U.S. President Barack Obama faced growing pressure from world leaders on Thursday not to launch military strikes in Syria at a summit on the global economy that was hijacked by the conflict.”