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International Diplomacy
1:46 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Obama Vs. Putin On Syria

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday.
AP Photo/AP Pool

President Obama arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, today for the G-20 summit. He’s expected to make his case for launching a military strike on Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is publicly opposed to military action in Syria – a longtime Russian ally. Yesterday, Putin accused Secretary of State John Kerry of lying to the US Congress about Al Qaeda’s presence in Syria.

Relations between the two countries have been increasingly tense recently. Just last month Obama canceled a one-on-one meeting with Putin, after Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum.

What other factors are pushing the two countries apart? And how will tensions influence the discussions between the United States and Russia over a potential military strike in Syria? Dr. Stephen F. Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian history and politics at New York University and Princeton University. He talked with David Hyde.

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White House Press Conference
8:20 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama
White House Photo/Pete Souza

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at noon P.T. — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden started spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

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State of the Union
9:37 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 10:09 pm

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

As is traditional for a State of the Union speech, Obama called on Congress to send legislation to his desk addressing not just immigration, gun control and the budget but a range of policy areas including women's rights, industrial policy and relief for homeowners.

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REI's Emissions Increasing
7:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Obama Picks ‘Climate Expert’ CEO Of REI To Head Interior Department

President Barack Obama announcing Sally Jewell as his nominee for Secretary of Interior, with current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar looking on.
Whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama has nominated Sally Jewell, the head of Kent, Wash.-based retail chain Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department. 

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Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Urges “Yes” On Ref. 74

Trenton Garris, right, joins other demonstrators on May 10, 2012, showing their support for President Barack Obama as he visits the Paramount Theater one day after announcing his support for same sex marriage, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

President Obama is formally throwing his support to Referendum 74, which asks Washington voters to decide on same-sex marriage.

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