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September 3, 2013 Comment

Obama Confident Congress Will Approve Syria Action

President Obama says he’s confident Congress will authorize a military strike in Syria, and he won the support of House Speaker John Boehner.

September 2, 2013 3 Comments

Sen. Leahy: Senators ‘Very, Very Wary’ Of Syria Strike

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the longest serving Democrat in the U.S. Senate, says the administration faces a Congress worried about military intervention.

September 2, 2013 5 Comments

Obama Could Face Uphill Battle For Syria Strike Approval

The Obama administration is lobbying Congress this week for approval of its plan to carry out a strike against the Syrian government. The U.S. says there is evidence the regime used sarin gas.

August 30, 2013 Comment

In Britain, Hours Of Debate On Syria

For over eight hours, British Prime Minister David Cameron made his case for military strikes in Syria and took questions. We listen to some of the debate.

August 30, 2013 27 Comments

Questions From U.S. Military Officers About Syria Action

President Obama says military action against Syria would be “a shot across the bow,” but many current and former U.S. military officers are skeptical about any operation.

August 30, 2013 12 Comments

Obama: U.S. Has Obligation As World Leader To Act

President Obama says he recognizes Americans are war-weary, but the U.S. has an obligation to hold countries accountable if they violate international norms.

August 29, 2013 15 Comments

Russia Sending Two Warships Near Syrian Waters

Defense experts say the Russian warships could give the Syrian regime early warning of missile launches, an possibly jam radars and navigational systems.

August 29, 2013 Comment

The Latest From Jordan On The Syrian Crisis

The escalated threats of military intervention in Syria have many Jordanians worrying about an even greater influx of Syrian refugees fleeing from conflict.

August 29, 2013 Comment

UK: Legal Case For Action In Syria Clearly Met

Britain’s government says the legal conditions have been clearly met for taking action against Syria for allegedly launching a chemical attack against its people.

August 29, 2013 22 Comments

Senator On Syria: ‘We Just Can’t Take On Anything Else’

Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is one of the few lawmakers against any response in Syria.

August 28, 2013 Comment

Syria Fallout: Expect Volatile Gas Prices

The wholesale price of gas jumped up 10 cents overnight — a cost that may or may not be passed on to consumers at the pump. An analyst says Syrian volatility is “not a positive” for the economy.

August 28, 2013 2 Comments

U.S. Air Strikes Against Syria Could Be On The Horizon

There are talks of possible U.S. missile strikes on Syria in the coming days, after the alleged chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians last week.

August 27, 2013 4 Comments

Saudi Prince’s Goal: Topple Assad

There’s an effort underway by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, a longtime power player with a Washington scandal in his past, to topple the Assad regime by training Syrian rebels in Jordan.

August 27, 2013 5 Comments

Senator Bob Corker: Action Is ‘Imminent’ In Syria

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, believes the U.S. will soon take action in Syria.

August 27, 2013 4 Comments

Arab League Accuses Syria Of Chemical Attack, As U.S. Positions War Ships, Planes

The Arab League is blaming the Syrian government for last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack. Meantime, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are ready to act.

August 26, 2013 Comment

Week Ahead In Politics

From Syria to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian joins us to set the stage for the week ahead in politics.

August 26, 2013 8 Comments

Obama Weighs Action In Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is studying intelligence on Syria’s purported use of chemical weapons and “will get the facts” before acting.

August 26, 2013 Comment

U.N. Syria Team Says Vehicle Shot At By Snipers

A U.N. spokesman says a vehicle belonging to a team investigating the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons has been “deliberately shot at multiple times.”

August 26, 2013 Comment

Kerry: Chemical Weapons Were Used In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria and is accusing President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence.

August 23, 2013 4 Comments

U.S. Weighing Syria Options

The White House is considering a military response in Syria, after an attack in which U.S. officials say they saw “strong indications” of chemical weapons use.

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Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

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