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politics lead

September 11th, 2013
06:38 PM ET

Adios, Carlos Danger: Anthony Weiner comes up short in NYC primary

The saddest part about Anthony Weiner losing his bid for the Democratic nomination in the New York City mayoral race is that there were so many puns left to be written.

Weiner came in 5th place in Tuesday night's primary election.

After realizing his mayoral dreams had gone limp, he gave a concession speech, where he conveniently failed to mention his wife, the woman who stood by his side throughout his embarrassing sex scandals.

Then, he let his inner Carlos Danger shine, by flashing reporters the one body part Weiner had managed to keep under control for all this time: his middle finger.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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national lead

September 11th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

Democratic senator: I'm still not clear on what Obama wants to do in Syria

Democratic Senator Tom Udall watched President Barack Obama make his case on military strikes against Syria to the American people Tuesday night.

But after Obama's speech, Udall, who does not support authorizing a military strike, said he is still not clear on what the president wants to do in Syria.

"They didn't allow us to look at the military plans. That would be getting way out in front of themselves," said Udall. "I don't think that any of us really know what the strike is all about."
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world lead

September 11th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

Republican ally on Syria slams Obama

Republican Senator Bob Corker has worked with the White House on the domestic front, and most recently on Syria.

But Corker is now exasperated with the way the administration, and told CNN's Dana Bash he sent an e-mail to the White House chief of staff saying he was disappointed, and adding "you make it very hard to help you."

"The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander-in-chief of this nation," Corker told CNN.

CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.

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world lead

September 11th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Exclusive: Albright on Syria: Kerry can't take threat of force off the table

Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart for two days of talks beginning on Thursday in Geneva to discuss the viability of Russia's plan to disarm Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said there is "a realistic chance" something specific will come of the high-stakes diplomatic mission.

But the recent diplomatic option would not even be on the table, said Albright, if the United States had not first threatened a military strike against Syria.

"This is the way that diplomacy works. You use the threat of the use of force to get some action in diplomacy, and then diplomacy just to figure out what you do about the threat of the use of force," said Albright.

Which would make Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that the United States remove that threat one of the biggest hurdles to reaching a diplomatic solution.

Kerry cannot give up the threat of force, said Albright.
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