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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)
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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)

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