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President Obama, the Syrian Civil War and Fateful Indecision

On August 20th, 2012, President Barack Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons would constitute the crossing of a “red line” that “would change [his] calculus” in intervening in Syria’s Civil War. The conflict has grown and evolved in the past year: Over 100,000 people are now dead, two million have sought refuge beyond

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Please Proceed, Congress

On Saturday, President Obama surprised many, including his own senior advisors, by announcing that he would seek Congressional approval to engage in air strikes against the Syrian government as a response to evidence showing that Bashar al-Assad’s regime used Sarin gas in an August 21st attack. It appears increasingly likely that Congress will vote against the

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Sarin Over Syria

When you hear people shouting the words ‘gas’ or ‘chemicals’ — and you hear those shouts spreading among the people — that is when terror begins to take hold, especially among the children and the women. Your loved ones, your friends, you see them walking and then falling like leaves to the ground. It is

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The Briefing: Earmarks, Hastert Rule, Obama’s Gun Control Plan, Michele Bachmann

Businessweek: Earmarks: The Reluctant Case for Ending the Ban Political hacks used to say pork was the political grease that lubricated legislative deals. Only now do we see how true that was. Would it really be so terrible to reintroduce some congressionally sanctioned bribery? That would let members lay claim to the odd million in

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The Briefing: Bloodshed in Syria, Mali, and Iraq; Gun Control in New York and the Nation

The Atlantic: State Department Believes Assad Used Chemical Weapons on Syrian People “In a leak that could signal a crossing of President Obama’s “red line” on the increasingly deadly conflict in Syria, the State Department has investigated and concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military forces used poison gas in a deadly attack

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