Rogers: Obama is losing support on Capitol Hill
September 8th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

Rogers: Obama is losing support on Capitol Hill

By CNN's Ashley Killough

Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wants to see Congress approve the president's pitch to take military action in Syria, but he said the administration has failed at wooing Capitol Hill.

"I think it's very clear he's lost support in the last week," the Michigan Republican said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’
September 8th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’

By CNN's Ashley Killough

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough argued Sunday that a military strike in Syria would not be a repeat of previous U.S. involvements in the Middle East or North Africa.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” McDonough said it’s “common sense” that the Syrian regime carried out the deadly chemical weapons attack last month that the U.S. government says left more than 1,400 dead in a Damascus suburb. He added the Obama administration feels “very good about the support” it has from other countries, though he wouldn’t say whether any of that support goes beyond moral backing.

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Dem rep. says Obama should 'withdraw' authorization request
September 8th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Dem rep. says Obama should 'withdraw' authorization request

By CNN's Ashley Killough

The president should cancel his request for Congress to approve U.S. military strikes in Syria, Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern said Sunday.

"If I were the president, I would withdraw my request for the authorization at this particular point," the congressman from Massachusetts said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I don't believe the support is there in Congress."

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Kerry: Saudi Arabia OK with international military strike on Syria
September 8th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Kerry: Saudi Arabia OK with international military strike on Syria

By CNN's Elise Labott and Steve Almasy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Sunday from Paris, where he met with Arab League ministers, said Saudi Arabia has approved international military intervention in Syria.

"They support the strike," Kerry said after meeting with Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal.

Saudi Arabia is a diplomatic heavyweight in the Arab world, but hasn't publicly called for an international military reprisal after a reported chemical weapons attack last month by the Syrian military against rebels.

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