Polls: Americans Don't Want to Attack Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_6e83269a16.jpgSasha Mordovets/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Americans say they don't want the U.S. to strike Syria, but that they could support a limited action that did not risk the lives of American soldiers, according to recent polls. In a new survey from NBC, 50 percent of 700 respondents said the U.S. should not take "military action" in Syria, while 42 percent said the U.S. should.

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Federal Gov. Won't Interfere in States Where Pot Is Legal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_00d52cbefc.jpgUriel Sinai/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a major victory for legal marijuana users, the federal government appears ready to back off from overriding laws in states where medicinal pot is permitted. Furthermore, the directive from the Justice Department also means that the feds won't stick their noses in Colorado and Washington State where voters legalized the recreational use of grass.

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Obama to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_f0992f8c61.jpgAFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by civil rights icon, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was King’s stirring and historic address at the Lincoln Memorial that electrified the crowd of 250,000 and helped pave the way for laws ending segregation and other indignities suffered by blacks that stretched back to the 17th century when they were first brought to the country as slaves.

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US Says Syria Response Won't Include Regime Change

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_2fcd1549f4.jpgPhoto by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- However the U.S. responds to Syria in the wake of allegations that hundreds died in a chemical weapons attack, the Obama administration doesn't appear ready to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At his daily press briefing Tuesday, chief White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "I want to make clear that the options that we are considering are not about regime change."

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President Obama Holds First Meeting with NSA Review Panel

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_388c54f21c.jpgMark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama met for the first time with his hand-picked panel of veteran security experts tasked with conducting a full review of U.S. surveillance programs and other secret government efforts disclosed over recent months.  A White House official said in a statement that members of the group, which includes Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire, all assembled for the meeting with President Obama Tuesday.

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