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Week In The News: Syria And Congress, G20, Fukushima

An attack on Syria goes before Congress. Obama in Russia. Diana Nyad’s epic swim. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks away after shaking hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks away after shaking hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP)

A real, deep quandary over Syria this week in Congress and a gut-wrenching debate beyond. Hearings and passion for military strikes, intervention. A chorus of passion against military strikes in town halls around the country. An unresolved tension over what intervention would be – a smack or a game-changer. In Russia, the President says it’s the world’s red line. We’ll see.

Beyond Syria, Japan builds a nuclear ice wall, jobs numbers come in soft, Diana Nyad makes her big swim. Robert Frost is dead. Up next On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Indira Lakshmanan, senior correspondent for Bloomberg News covering foreign policy. (@indira_l)

Susan Davis, chief congressional reporter for USA Today. (@davisusan)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: House panel debate shows divide over Syria resolution — “The Obama administration’s push for congressional approval of military strikes on Syria continued Wednesday in the GOP-led U.S. House, where Secretary of State John Kerry compared inaction against Syria to early efforts to appease Nazi Germany.”

Bloomberg News: Kerry Turns From Anti-War Protester to Syria Salesman — “Kerry, who spent hours testifying on Capitol Hill the past two days to persuade reluctant lawmakers to approve a strike to punish the Syrian regime for what the U.S. says was the gassing of 1,400 people, has emerged as the Obama administration’s most passionate advocate of a military response to an atrocity.”

Reuters: Pressure grows on Obama over Syria at G20 summit — “U.S. President Barack Obama faced growing pressure from world leaders on Thursday not to launch military strikes in Syria at a summit on the global economy that was hijacked by the conflict.”

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