US Considering Air Strikes Against Syrian Targets

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_30dbb2d3c9.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. may be gearing up for military intervention in Syria after accusations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week. The Pentagon is reportedly compiling a list of potential targets. Analysts say that the Syrian Army's runways and fighter jets could be hit with American cruise missiles.

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Black Republicans Lament Party’s Forgotten Role in Civil Rights Movement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_037a7f55a6.jpgTom Williams/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- When Republicans planned a gathering to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, they weren’t initially sure who would show up. With most lawmakers out of town and Washington full of Democratic-leaning activists there to mark the historic week at the Lincoln Memorial, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged at the luncheon on Capitol Hill Monday that it was a risk, but they proceeded anyway.

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Obama Issues Medal of Honor to Afghan War Veteran

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_781bc4ecf8.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Monday bestowed the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, praising his courageous actions during one of the most intense battles in Afghanistan and crediting him with speaking openly about the invisible wounds of war. During an October 2009 ambush on the remote Combat Outpost Keating, Carter risked his life to resupply ammunition to his fellow soldiers and rescue an injured comrade, carrying him to safety through a hailstorm of enemy fire.

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Obama Discusses 'Potential Response' to Syria with French President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_bc398683c1.jpgPhotographer: Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — President Obama spoke by phone on Sunday with French President Francois Hollande about the situation in Syria, a day after a similar phone call with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama and Hollande discussed “possible responses by the international community” and “expressed their grave concern” about the reported chemical-weapons attack Wednesday outside Damascus, the White House announced.

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Cokie Roberts: Changes to Voting Rights ‘Downright Evil’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_b0447ce88e.jpgSusan Biddle for The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a roundtable discussion on This Week, ABC's Cokie Roberts reflected on the progress in the United States 50 years after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech. Roberts said, “Growing up in the Deep South in the era of Jim Crow, the difference is dramatic… It’s a great testament to the fact that when you do something like pass a voting rights bill. That makes a difference.”

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