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Obama to seek congressional OK for US action in Syria

August 31, 2013 - Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad’s regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.

With Navy ships on standby in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch their cruise missiles, Obama said he had decided the United States should take military action and that he believes that as commander in chief, he has “the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ron Howard’s film on Jay-Z festival to air on Showtime

August 30, 2013 - Ron Howard’s “Made in America” documentary about the Jay-Z-curated music festival in Philadelphia will air Oct. 11 on Showtime.

Jay-Z’s “Budweiser Made in America” festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last year. About 50,000 fans attended the two-day event. Performers included Pearl Jam, Drake, Run DMC, Skrillex, D’Angelo and Calvin Harris.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Cory Booker on personal life: ‘My sexuality is not an issue right now’

August 29, 2013 - Cory Booker’s opponent for the New Jersey Senate seat, Steve Lonegan, says it’s “weird” that the Newark mayor won’t discuss his private life. But Booker, on the All in With Chris Hayes show on Thursday, says the topic is irrelevant.

“The question really should not be am I gay or straight. The question should be, why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference what kind of senator I’m going to be or not,” said Booker.  Read more at msnbc.com.

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