| May 1, 2013
Barack Obama really, really does not want to get tangled up in Syria.
For almost a year, Obama's secretaries of State — first Hillary Rodham Clinton, now John Kerry — have pressed the president for more aid to the insurgents who are fighting...
| Apr 14, 2013
The White House finally made it official last week: Yes, the civil war in Syria is a slippery slope, and yes, we're on it.
Nobody in the Obama administration actually used those words, of course. But if you paid attention to what officials said, it...
| May 29, 2013
The civil war in Syria is heading in the wrong direction. In the last year, rebels had won control of big slices of territory, including much of the country's largest city, Aleppo. But those gains prompted a surge of military aid to Syrian President...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:38 PM
WASHINGTON – A group of lawmakers is urging President Obama to seek congressional authorization for any military action against Syria, warning that failure to do so would be unconstitutional.
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), who represents a district...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 8:48 AM
UPDATED: With violence escalating in Egypt, Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators now say the federal government should suspend aid to the country.
News broke Tuesday that the Obama administration had quietly suspended most military aid to the Egyptian...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad's regime for the...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 12:02 PM
WASHINGTON -- Immediate reaction to President Obama’s surprise announcement that he would seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria was largely positive among members of Congress, but offered little indication of whether a vote...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s strategy for winning congressional support for military strikes on Syria relies on two of lawmakers’ most powerful impulses: to challenge Iran and to protect Israel.
Although Congress is deeply divided on...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:05 AM
WASHINGTON -- Calling for a “prompt” congressional vote on authorizing a military strike against Syria, President Obama is making the case to top lawmakers Tuesday that the action would be “limited” and “proportional”...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 10:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to...
| Sep 4, 2013
Every member of the Senate with a glimmer of ambition to run for president — and that's most of them — knows that a vote for war can make or break a political career. The example of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose vote to authorize the 2003...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:34 PM
WASHINGTON – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday will consider a newly drafted resolution to authorize military force against the Syrian government that specifically rules out any commitment of ground forces and would narrow the time...