New York Mayoral Race's Comeback Kid Is de Blasio, Not Weiner

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_05c84dce81.jpgMario Tama/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The man who might be the next mayor of New York City is someone most people have never heard of. Less than two months ago, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was struggling to get to 20 percent among Democratic primary voters. He even trailed the guy everyone did know: disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose lingering sexting scandal seemed to take most of the air out of the other candidates.

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Congress Halts Syria Vote; Skepticism of Russia Proposal Spreads

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_ebfec27b89.jpgBill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Congress is standing down on votes to authorize military force against Syria while the Obama administration attempts to solidify an international agreement under which the Assad regime would give up its chemical weapons stockpiles. Many members of Congress are skeptical that the potential diplomatic solution will succeed, but given the stakes of American involvement in a Syrian civil war, some remain open-minded of the Russian proposal if it means avoiding missile strikes that the president has threatened to unleash in order to degrade the Syrian military capabilities.

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Obama: Strike 'Absolutely' on Hold if Syria Abandons Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_10a98babaf.jpgGrigoriy Sisoev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would "absolutely" be on pause, President Obama said Monday. "I consider this a modestly positive development," Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview at the White House when asked whether Syria's apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons would prevent a U.S. strike.

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House Lawmakers Harden Opposition to Syria Strikes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_71b9e9e4f2.jpgMedioimages/Photodisc (WASHINGTON) -- After listening to a classified briefing from five senior administration officials Monday evening, two more lawmakers came out in opposition to strikes against Syria, one went from undecided to leaning against, and another dozen hardened their positions from “lean against” to opposed. At this point, even undecided members acknowledge that the vote on authorization stands virtually no chance of passing the House.

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Why One Obama Loyalist Is Breaking with the President on Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_a54f1b9b38.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is one of President Obama’s biggest champions in Congress and even served as a national co-chairman of Obama’s first presidential campaign.  But the strong Obama loyalist is poised to break step with the president in his call for congressional approval for military action against Syria.

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