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For Your Information: Syria And Congress

Nine Questions About Syria You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask (Washington Post blog)

This is a quick primer on why Syria’s at war, who’s fighting, and why American and the rest of the world cares.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Administration’s plans for Syria. It includes important exchanges about the role of Congress in deciding whether or not to use force in Syria.

House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Syria (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Administration’s plans for Syria.

War by Euphemism (Politico)

National Review’s Rich Lowry takes a look at the use of the word “war” to describe actions against Syria, which echoes an exchange Senator Rand Paul had with Secretary of State John Kerry during the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. The meanings of words in law can have important implications for the way they are executed or when they are reviewed by the judiciary.

Libertarians, Liberals Unite Against Syria Strike (Politico)

As they say, politics makes strange bedfellows: Politico reports on a libertarian-liberal coalition in Congress against military action in Syria.

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