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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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  • Obama Tries To Build International Support For Syria Strike
    The crisis in Syria dominated President Obama's visit to Sweden on Wednesday, as he continued to push for Congressional approval of his plan to launch a military strike against Syrian government forces, in response to their use of chemical weapons against their own people.. "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line," Obama told a news conference in Stockholm. "And America and Congress' credibility is on the line." The President travels to the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed the tentative plans for U.S. attack.
  • Assad Denies Chemical Weapons Use In 'Figaro' Interview
    Syrian dictator Bashar Assad gave a rare interview to a western news outlet this week. He told the French newspaper Le Figaro that the U.S. and France have yet to "put forward a single proof" that his regime was behind the chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital. Melissa Block talks with Georges Malbrunot, Middle East reporter for Le Figaro, who conducted the interview in Damascus.
  • Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility
    The aging brain may be more flexible than we thought, a study of older adults now suggests. After playing a racing car video game an hour a day, thrice weekly for a month, adults age 60 and over were better at multitasking than untrained 20-year-olds.
  • Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare
    With less than a month until the launch of the new health care exchanges, polls show people are still mightily confused about how the Affordable Care Act works. So the Obama administration is bringing out the big guns, including former president and explainer-in-chief Bill Clinton.
  • Court Says West Los Angeles VA Rental Deals Were Illegal
    A federal judge has stepped in to push the Veterans Administration to do more to help homeless veterans at its massive West Los Angeles campus.
  • Senate Committee Votes To Authorize Strikes On Syria
    Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent Wednesday scrambling to find language authorizing military strikes on Syria that was acceptable to both those wanting a stronger response and those hoping to limit U.S. involvement.
  • Why Do Chemical Weapons Evoke Such A Strong Reaction?
    The United States took no military action to prevent the deaths of more than 100,000 people in the Syria conflict. But a chemical weapons attack — which killed some 1,400 Syrians — has pushed the administration into action. President Obama insists the Bashar al-Assad regime must be held accountable for the attack, which he says violates a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. Why do chemical weapons provoke such a different, more visceral response than conventional weapons for many people?
  • Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen
    Range hoods are designed to capture the pollutants from your stove, but many models are not effective and it's hard for consumers to know how good a hood is. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are developing a new standardized test that manufacturers can use to rate their range hoods.
  • Everybody Loves John Fogerty
    After years of refusing to play his Creedence Clearwater Revival material, the rock icon has reinterpreted his early hits with a new generation of artists — from Dave Grohl to Brad Paisley — on his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone.
  • Syria Strike Will Have A Harder Time Getting House Approval
    On Wednesday, the John Kerry and Chuck Hagel road show moved on to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as the administration tries to build support for an air attack on Syria President Bashar al-Assad's military assets. But there is uneasiness among some House members who wonder how and why Speaker John Boehner was so quickly won over.

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