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September 24th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

Roundtable: What can help Obamacare?

President Barack Obama visited the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, where he sat down with former president Bill Clinton in an effort to sell Obamacare at a summit in New York. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz stood on the Senate floor in an effort to suck the funding out of the health care law.

Obama has dubbed Clinton his unofficial secretary of explaining stuff, but the sit down talk may not do much to get his health care message out to the masses.
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September 24th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

U.S. must keep pressure on Assad, says Syrian opposition member

At the United Nations Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave no indication of a U.S. strike against Syria, and announced the U.S. would be giving an additional $340 million in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis.

He also called for the U.N. to take chemical weapons out of the Syrian regime's hands.

Louay Safi, a member of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, has been disappointed by Obama in the past, calling it it a failure in leadership when he didn't strike Syria.

But he called Tuesday's speech at the U.N. "positive."

"He emphasized the enforcement of this removal of chemical weapons under Security Council resolution. We look forward to see that," said Safi.
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September 24th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

Wife of jailed American pastor lobbies Iran for his release, says her family has been 'torn apart'

His daughter just celebrated her seventh birthday, a second celebration without her father.

She asks her mother how many more birthdays until dad comes home.

"I don't know what to tell her," said her mother, Naghmeh Abedini.

It has been one year since the Iranian Revolutionary Guard took Naghmeh's husband Saeed, a U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, and threw him in a prison in Tehran.

Saeed was arrested and charged in Iran during a visit in June 2012. The 32-year-old converted to Christianity from Islam and then became a pastor, living in Boise, Idaho. He has been detained in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison since late September.
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September 24th, 2013
05:47 PM ET

Rep. Royce pushes for stricter sanctions against Iran, says we can't let Rouhani 'play us'

U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won't be shaking hands or meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, two senior administration officials said. Such an encounter proved too complicated for Iran back home, the officials told reporters.

"Clearly the Ayatollah has said no, and ultimately, remember, the Ayatollah is the one who calls the shots on the nuclear program, and on diplomacy," said Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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