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politics lead

August 29th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

Analysis: Political risks of striking Syria

The Obama administration has messaging challenges when it comes to Syria.

Grading President Barack Obama's selling of his administration's plan in Syria, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said, "It's totally incomplete at the moment. You have to give him a C-."
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world lead

August 29th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Consequences of a strike on Syria

CNN's Tom Foreman and retired U.S. Army Major General and CNN military analyst James "Spider" Marks walks through the far-reaching ripples of a U.S. strike on Syria.

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sports lead

August 29th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Peter King: Concussion lawsuit deal is 'a big win' for NFL

Thousands of former football players, and their families, have reached a settlement with the National Football League in a lawsuit that put concussions, and their impact on the brain, on trial.

The deal, which is still pending approval by a U.S. district judge, would provide $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and their families, and litigation expenses.

"This is such a big win for the National Football League," said Peter King, writer for Sports Illustrated and editor of the mmqb.com.
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national lead

August 29th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Bush Presidential Library criticized for glossing over Katrina response

It was eight years ago Thursday that a monster named Katrina unleashed her fury on New Orleans and the people of the Gulf Coast.

While some in the region are using the anniversary to commemorate lives lost and forever changed by the disaster, others are launching a campaign to fight what they call a re-writing of history.

Groups like Levees.org and The Bridge Project say the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas glosses over the administration's role in the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. They are pushing for changes to the museum's Katrina exhibit, which they say presents a watered down version of the federal response.
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world lead

August 29th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

What intelligence does U.S. have on Syria?

Just what does the U.S. have on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? Was he personally behind a chemical attack?

Late Thursday afternoon, senior officials in the Obama administration will brief congressional leaders on the situation in Syria. The administration has repeatedly claimed it is certain that Assad's regime used chemical weapons on its own people.

CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports, giving a preview of what Congress will hear.

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