President Obama Wants to Give Peace a Chance
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The White House today is repeating last night's claim by President Obama that the threat of force brought the Russians and Syrians to the bargaining table. Beyond that, did the speech to the nation lay out a clear path to the future? We look at the many questions that still remain. Also, Colorado recalls two senators in a blow to gun control, and reports of sexual violence have led to legal changes in India. Four men may be put to death for a notorious rape and killing last year.
Banner image: President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the East Room at the White House in Washington, September 10, 2013. Photo: Evan Vucci/Pool/Reuters
Colorado Recalls Two Senators in Blow to Gun Control ()
Yesterday's recall of two state senators in Colorado was a major defeat for gun control. There was big money on both sides — from the NRA and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But all politics is local. Democrat John Morse, President of the state senate and one of the two recalled senators, said, "We had to do gun safety and I've said months ago that if passing gun safety bills cost me my political career that was an amazingly small price to pay." Chuck Plunkett is politics editor for the Denver Post.
President Obama Wants to Give Peace a Chance ()
In last night's speech to the American people, President Obama laid out his case for punishing Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons to kill its own civilians. He asked every member of Congress, and those watching at home, to view shocking pictures of children writhing and dying, alleged evidence of Syria's use of chemical weapons. In addition to the moral argument, the President said there's a real risk to national security. But he asked Congress to postpone approval for limited military action -- a vote he was almost certain to lose. Instead, he said there's a chance of accomplishing his objectives without force, by negotiating a deal proposed by Russia. Did the President make the alternatives clear? If diplomacy fails, will the President renew the threat? What about Congress?
- Jonathan Weisman: New York Times, @jonathanweisman
- Richard Gowan: New York University, @RichardGowan1
- Philip Gourevitch: New Yorker magazine, @PGourevitch
- Norman Ornstein: American Enterprise Institute, @AEI
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Four Men Face Death Penalty in India Gang Rape Case ()
Last December, a 23-year old student was raped and killed in New Delhi. Since then, reports of brutal sexual violence have increased all over India. Today, public anger appears to have found its way into a courtroom. Prosecutors asked for the death penalty for the four men convicted in last year's rape and murder, saying, "The common man will lose faith in the judiciary if the harshest punishment is not given." Pinky Hota is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Smith College in Massachusetts.
- Pinky Hota: Smith College
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