Robert Gates, Leon Panetta Slam Obama's Handling of Syria Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_4552023cf5.jpgDoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy/Released (DALLAS) -- Robert Gates and Leon Panetta were both secretaries of defense in the current administration and they're both unhappy with the way President Obama has conducted the Syrian chemical weapons crisis. Appearing at a forum Tuesday night at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Gates and Panetta each held a different view of how the president should have reacted after learning of the Aug. 21 attack that killed 1,400 people in a Damascus suburb.

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Fight for Jobs: Gov. Rick Perry Versus Gov. Martin O'Malley

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_418b54df8c.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has his eyes on wooing jobs away from Maryland, but those jobs are staying put if it’s up to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. In his latest economic development campaign, Perry traveled to Maryland this week to ask businesses to consider setting up shop in Texas. Perry has conducted similar campaigns in states including California, Missouri and New York, and has sometimes gotten under his fellow governors' skin with his blatant tactics.

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Georgia Senate Candidate Laments ‘Making $172,000′ in Congress

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_804f7ec97a.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a closed meeting Wednesday, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also running for Senate, lamented that he is “stuck here making $172,000 a year” in Congress. The comment came at a closed-door meeting with lawmakers during a discussion about potentially reversing the Office of Personnel Management’s ruling that will continue to contribute to the health care coverage of members of Congress and their staff.

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Zuckerberg Acknowledges Need to ‘Debug’ Immigration Reform Group

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_20b19f82eb.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington this week lobbying lawmakers in the House on immigration reform, but he acknowledged Wednesday that a political group he founded to support the issue, Fwd.us, has hit some snags in its foray into politics. “There’s been a lot to debug in terms of making this work,” Zuckerberg said at a question-and-answer forum sponsored by The Atlantic.

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Chained to White House Fence: Immigrants Protest Obama Deportations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_9bf44f6e9e.jpgEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Seven activists chained themselves to the front gate of the White House lawn Wednesday morning in protest of deportations. “Not one more,” they chanted. “Not one more.” In 2012, the Obama administration deported 409,849 immigrants, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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