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By JONATHAN WEISMAN
The 10-to-7 vote in the Foreign Relations Committee sets up a showdown next week in the full Senate on whether President Obama should be given the authority to strike Syria.
By PETER BAKER
Opening a three-day trip overseas, President Obama declared Wednesday that the confrontation with Syria over chemical weapons was not a personal test for him but for Congress, the United States and the world.
By STEVEN LEE MYERS
The president's standing has undoubtedly suffered from recent turmoil over Syria and American spying, even though he can point to a strengthening economy.
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By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
In an interview, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warned that an attack on Syria without authorization from the United Nations Security Council would violate international law.
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and BEN HUBBARD
President Bashar al-Assad's public activities mask increasing aggression in battle and belie fears among many supporters of an American attack.