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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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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