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As President Obama heads for the G-20 in Russia, debate about his proposal to punish Syria continues on Capitol Hill. We hear about that and the common goals of Israel and Saudi Arabia as they work behind the scenes. Also, has Fashion Week out grown Manhattan?

Banner image: President Barack Obama meets with (L-R) National Security Advisor Susan Rice; Attorney General Eric Holder; Secretary of State John Kerry; and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the situation in Syria, August 30, 2013. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Main Topic Is the Syrian Crisis about More than Chemical Weapons? 35 MIN, 47 SEC

In Sweden today, President Obama shifted responsibility for punishing Syria -- "I didn't set a 'red line,' the world set a red line" – and said the credibility of Congress is on the line. As the debate continues in Washington, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has delayed debate on a bipartisan resolution to authorize force against Syria. On the House side, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chair of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey testified alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. One major player on Capitol Hill is AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. What's Israel itself doing behind the scenes? We hear how countries, including Saudi Arabia, are using the Syrian crisis to advance their own agendas as the Middle East gets more complicated than ever.

Guests:
Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor (@RussellChaddock)
MJ Rosenberg, Huffington Post (@MJayRosenberg)
Toby Jones, Rutgers University (@tobycraigjones)
Madawi Al-Rasheed, London School of Economics and Political Science (@MadawiDr)

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Toby Craig Jones

Today's Talking Point Fashion Week Hits the Runway 7 MIN, 41 SEC

Fashion Week dates back to 1941, when the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union asked journalists to visit designer showrooms. Since then, it's become an international extravaganza that virtually takes over Manhattan. But it's become so big, so full of celebrities and the hoi polloi that even the industry itself is saying it's time to go on a diet. Leslie Price is editor of Racked Nation, a blog dedicated to fashion and retail.

Guests:
Leslie Price, Racked National (@Racked)

Making News Obama in Stockholm 7 MIN, 46 SEC

In Sweden today, President Obama was asked if his credibility is on the line if he doesn't act after Syria's al-Assad crossed his "red line" by using chemical weapons. Obama dismissed the notion. "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line, and America's and Congress' credibility." The President is in Stockholm on his way to tomorrow's G-20 summit in Russia. Margaret Talev, who's with the President, is White House correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News (@margarettalev)

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