First Lady Wants Americans to Drink More Water

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_069938c4c1.jpgJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images (WATERTOWN, Wis.) -- Michelle Obama is spearheading a new campaign called "Drink Up" -- but the first lady is not advocating what many fun-lovers think she is. During an appearance in Watertown, Wis., Mrs. Obama encouraged Americans to drink more water for its obvious health benefits. The first lady, who frequently uses her personal bully pulpit to promote diet and exercise, calls water the "original energy drink." 

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John Kerry to Test Russia's Seriousness on Syria Solution

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_d805e02588.jpgJACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images (GENEVA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday to weigh a potential deal on Syria's chemical weapons.  He'll hold two, maybe even three, days of talks with his Russian counterpart on exactly how they might rid Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of his formidable stockpile. U.S. officials insist this will be more than some high-level diplomatic meeting.

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State Dept. Condemns Benghazi Explosion Amid New Criticism on Attack Anniversary

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_1202fde571.jpgSTR/AFP/GettyImages) (WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Wednesday condemned an explosion that damaged Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Benghazi, one year after the now-infamous attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility there. “We condemn this violent act, as it threatens to undermine Libya’s democratic transition as well as the legacy of Libya’s revolution in which the Libyan people made their voices heard through peaceful means,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a department press briefing.

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White House: Obama ‘Never Considered Cancelling’ Syria Address

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_4323d30068.jpgEvan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama took to television Tuesday night to plead his case on Syria to the nation. But the speech the president delivered was, by all accounts, far different than the one he originally intended to give. Instead of solely pressing his case for military action, President Obama asked Congress to postpone its vote on authorizing the use of force against Syria’s Assad regime and asked for more time to pursue a diplomatic solution.

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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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