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politics lead

September 12th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

President Obama's history of careful consideration disrupted by Syria

When it comes to making decisions, President Barack Obama does not like to be rushed. His decision making process involves long walks with advisers, and situation room meetings where everyone's voice is heard.

But this time, with the crisis in Syria, the president's hands were tied, in no small part through his own words and actions, and pulled by leaders in Russia and Syria as well as the United Nations.

This crisis has made for a very public show of in coordination by no-drama Obama.

CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

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September 9th, 2013
07:05 PM ET

Hillary Clinton weighs in: Syria weapons handover would be 'important step'

For the first time Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the crisis in Syria, and what could be a new "Plan B."

CNN's Chief Domestic Affairs Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports.

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July 9th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Obama strongly considers withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in 2014

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is seriously considering withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014, a senior administration official told CNN.

The official's comments came after The New York Times reportedthe administration was looking at speeding up the troop withdrawal to the "zero option," leaving no U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Until now, U.S. and Afghan officials had been discussing plans to keep a small force behind to fight insurgents and to train Afghan security personnel.

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