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politics lead

September 2nd, 2013
04:46 PM ET

Obama pushes for congressional support for Syria air strikes

No Labor Day barbecues for the White House Monday, but it sounds like there was plenty of "grilling" going on, as the Obama administration tries to make its case to a very skeptical Congress whose members are not sold on the administration's plan for military strikes in Syria. Some question whether the resolution gives the president too much power.

Obama, fully aware of the uphill battle he's facing, hosted something of a "Frenemy Summit" this afternoon. He met with senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two members of Congress who have long criticized presidential inaction on Syria, and who frankly don't think the president's current plan for military action goes far enough.

world lead

September 2nd, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Arab League supports action in Syria

The U.S. Congress isn't yet sold on Syria strikes, but the League of Arab States seems to be on board. The group says it supports some sort of action in Syria, but it doesn't seem too keen on the U.S. – or any other western nation for that matter – being the ones behind the strikes.

CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson reports from Amman, Jordan.

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pop lead

September 2nd, 2013
03:36 PM ET

The brain science behind One Direction's legions of fans

The Beatles, The Monkees, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys/'N Sync – every generation has a much too adorable set of collectible young men who seem to turn young ladies of the decade into a screaming puddle of tears.

Enter One Direction. Young? Check. Handsome? Check. Singers of catchy songs? Check. Cue the screaming!

Their new film "One Direction: This Is Us" topped the box office this weekend, bring in $17 million. They have nearly 14.7 million Twitter followers. Their first hit single "What Makes You Beautiful" has been viewed more than 400 million times on YouTube.

Sure they are young heartthrobs who can sing, but plenty of acts fit that bill. Turns out what makes boy bands like One Direction so beloved is more about brains than beauty.

Not the boy bands' brains, but those of the teens that adore them.

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