Secretary Kerry: No Place for Benghazi in Syria Debate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_f9504777a5.jpgTom Williams/CQ Roll Call (NEW YORK) -- During a fiery exchange with Representative Jeff Duncan, Secretary of State John Kerry scolded the Republican South Carolina congressman about bringing up Benghazi during the hearing about military strikes in Syria. Duncan began his questioning by challenging whether the Obama administration can be trusted after Benghazi.

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Kerry, Hagel to Testify on Syria Before Senate Committee

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_88cbc52f87.jpgJACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on Syria Tuesday as lawmakers begin the process of deciding whether to authorize the use of military force against Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey are expected to testify before the committee as the White House looks to gain support for its push to strike Syria.

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Obama Meets with John McCain at White House

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_ac534e78f9.jpgJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Emerging from a White House meeting with President Obama on Monday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it would be "catastrophic" for Congress to reject the president's request to take military action against Syria's use of chemical weapons, but that the administration needs to outline a stronger case to the American people.

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Obama to Include LGBT Activists in Russia Meetings

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_861ad741ab.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- President Obama will include members of Russian LGBT groups among the NGO leaders, democracy activists and human rights advocates he meets later this week when he is in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G-20 summit, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News on Monday. It’s typical for visiting U.S. officials, including the president, to meet with civil society members in Russia, something that always irks the Kremlin. 

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USS Nimitz Carrier Moves Into Red Sea, But No Orders for Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_fe678a044d.jpgJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In another "just in case" move by a Navy ship, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz has moved into the Red Sea, but it has not been given orders to be part of the planning for a limited U.S. military strike on Syria, U.S. officials told ABC News. A U.S. official confirmed that the Nimitz joined four other ships in the Red Sea.

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