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5:39 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Which Bad Syria Option Do You Prefer?

A rebel fighter takes cover inside a damaged building in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday. The U.S. is training a small number of rebels and has pledged to provide them with arms.
Khalil Ashawi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 1:34 pm

Syria's civil war is complicated, but at least there's a consensus among American policymakers: There are no good options.

So let's pretend you're the president and you need to decide what action, if any, the U.S. should take. The possibilities are endless, and plenty of unintended consequences are sure to follow.

To make your decision manageable, we're presenting four basic options. We realize they are not mutually exclusive, but you have to focus on something. You can make your choice at the bottom of this story.

Please choose wisely:

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Around the Nation
5:13 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Politicians Exposed: Weiner Shouts, Haley Locked Out

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:58 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with news of a couple of politicians exposed.

A video is now circulating of mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener engaged in an ugly shouting match yesterday in a Brooklyn bakery with a customer who, Wiener says, insulted his wife. Not available for viewing is South Carolina's Nikki Haley in her bathrobe, locked out of the governor's mansion. She was sending her kids off to school when the door snapped shut behind her. One Facebook comment: At least you had on a robe.

It's All Politics
5:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions

President Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday in Stockholm. The president said the credibility of the international community, Congress and America is on the line with the response to Syria.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:59 am

This won't be a standard party-line vote. Big factions within both parties remain skeptical about President Obama's plans to launch punitive airstrikes against Syria.

If the vote were held today, it might not pass. Obama and his allies — including top House leaders of both parties — have a big selling job yet to do to persuade a majority of members to authorize military action.

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Middle East
4:51 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Assad Offers A Different View Of What's Going On In Syria

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:58 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And while the United States works on that resolution, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is offering a different face to his people. The Syrian leader's Instagram account now includes images of his smiling first lady, Asma al-Assad. The account shows her helping out in a soup kitchen and also congratulating top-achieving students. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Politics
4:08 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Lawmakers Struggle With Wording Of Syria Resolution

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:58 am

Congress is trying to fashion language that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria from escalating. But lawmakers often find it uncomfortable to rein in the commander in chief once U.S. forces have been committed.

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