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world lead

September 10th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

How will the U.N. find Syria's weapons?

The Syrian government supports a proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syria's prime minister said Tuesday.

But it is not easy to simply walk into Syria, secure chemical weapons, load them onto trucks and ships, and take them out of the country to be destroyed.

"You need the Syrians to declare, 'This is our stockpile, how many we have, this is the location.' You cross-check that against your own intelligence information, and that available from others. You go to the sites, and then the fun starts," said David Kay, former U.S. chief weapons inspector in Iraq.
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national lead

September 10th, 2013
06:39 PM ET

Sen. Murphy: Obama told Democrats he has 'no interest' in military strikes if he has other options

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against last week's resolution authorizing military action in Syria.

He has since called Russia's proposal to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, a positive development.

This administration has been thinking long and hard about every possible way around war, said Murphy.

"What the president told us today in our caucus meeting with the Democrats, is that he has no interest in going to war. He has no interest in military strikes if he can find a way out of it," said Murphy.
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money lead

September 10th, 2013
06:09 PM ET

Apple has struggled to wow since Steve Jobs's death

The new iPhone 5S sure is shiny, the iPhone 5C comes in a rainbow of colors, and both are loaded up with some new features. But they are not exactly revelations.

When Steve Jobs took the stage in 2007, the first iPhone was another game changing hit for the company and the CEO that took the world by storm.

"Every three or four years he felt like he had to come out with something totally new. Like he did with the Mac. Then he said let's do the iPod, or the iPhone, or the iPad, things you never knew you were going to need," Walter Isaacson, Jobs's biographer, told CNN Money.

Since Jobs's death in 2011, the company seems to have lost some of that vision.

"When you get to the 5th iteration of a device it loses some of it's magic," said Brett Robinson, author of Appletobia, and a visiting professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame. "Now that the accountants and designers are running things, they're trying to cobble together the next chapter, and I think they're still struggling to find what that narrative is."
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national lead

September 10th, 2013
06:02 PM ET

Kinzinger: Disarm Syria through peaceful means if possible, if not, attack

President Barack Obama was on Capitol Hill, trying to sway lawmakers to back military action in Syria if a diplomatic solution fizzles.

Obama also reportedly asked for more time to see a so-called third option potentially take shape, before Congress takes up a vote on military action that the president may lose. The third option is a proposal from Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons

A majority of the House remains undecided, but the "No's" seem to have the momentum, just hours before the president addresses the nation.

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard are both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and have both served in the United States military; Gabbard is against military action, while Kinzinger backs the president's plan.
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politics lead

September 10th, 2013
12:00 AM ET

Rep. Sanchez on vote to strike Syria: I'm not there yet

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday that the fact there might be a diplomatic way to end the crisis in Syria "is a great thing."

Sanchez is married to a retired Army colonel, and is the mother of a 19-year-old son serving in the U.S. Army. Laying out her decision process, Sanchez said she was not yet ready to vote yes to authorize a strike against Syria.

Calling a strike against Syria "an act of war," Sanchez said, "For me, I have to be able to look at a mom who loses a son or a daughter in a war, whether it's Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria, and say, 'I'm sorry, there was nothing else I could do, I needed your child,'" said Sanchez. "I'm not there yet."

For more of CNN's interview with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, click on the video above.

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