Morning Edition for Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Russia Proposes Solution To Syria's Chemical Weapons

Russia seized on an idea voiced by Secretary of State John Kerry and urged Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russia's state-run news agency said Syria welcomed the proposal.

Analyzing How Presidents Wage War

Virtually every president before President Obama has viewed the 1973 War Powers Act as unconstitutional, says historian Michael Beschloss. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, Beschloss analyzes Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria — and what it says about his presidency.

Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria

As congress prepares to take a vote on whether to launch a military strike against Syria, opinions vary widely among voters. We'll get a sampling of opinions from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Los Angeles and State College, Pa.

Remembering A 'Brave,' 'Lucky' Hero In The War Of 1812

That war gave us our national anthem and a stable border with Canada, but otherwise, not much is remembered about that conflict nowadays. This changed over Labor Day when the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. marked the anniversary of a remarkable victory in that war.
With waters rising and their hospital on the verge of losing power, Memorial Medical Center staff were faced with an ethical question: Who to save first? Sheri Fink reconstructs their decisions — from hastening patients' deaths to evacuating the sickest last — in Five Days at Memorial.

NASA's Latest Mission To The Moon Is On Track

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is on its way to the Moon. It lifted off on time Friday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Some early software problems have been successfully resolved.

Verizon Creates Shock Waves With Planned Debt Sale

The telecommunications giant is expected to raise $20 billion or more Wednesday in what would be the largest sale of its kind. Sales from the bonds would help fund the company's buyout of Vodafone, which owns nearly half its wireless division.

Neiman Marcus Sells For $6 Billion

Two large investors — Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — have reached a deal to purchase upscale retailer Neiman Marcus. The two buyers will hold equal shares of Neiman, which is based in Dallas.

Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers

Airlines are pulling out the stops to keep their elite frequent fliers. But Delta has raised the bar — using a sports car to shuttle late passengers to their connecting planes.

Remembering Car Salesmen Cal Worthington

Cal Worthington built an empire of West Coast car dealerships. He became a TV fixture thanks to his iconic ads, which began running in the 1970s. Worthington died Sunday at the age of 92.

Obama Prepares For Speech On Syria

On Tuesday night, President Obama will address the nation — asking for support of his plan to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month. The president must deal with widespread skepticism about his plan.

Syrian Refugees Voice Opinions On Air Strike Debate

Perhaps no one has more of a stake in the outcome of the air strikes debate than the people of Syria. How are Syrian refugees in Lebanon reacting to the possibility of a U.S. military strike against the Assad government?

New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

New York adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. — banning the sale of assault rifles and banana clips. Many of the state's county sheriffs hate the law and some say they won't enforce it. The fight over gun rights and gun safety has become a hot issue in sheriff races, as local law enforcement officials seek re-election in rural counties.
Two prominent Democratic state senators in Colorado could lose their jobs because of gun control legislation. Gun rights advocates collected enough signatures to force the recall vote. The elections have attracted donations from major players across the country.

India Court Convicts 4 Men In Fatal Gang Rape

An Indian court has convicted four men involved in a gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December. The men are expected to be sentenced Wednesday.

Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Tea Party Patriots are making a push for Congress to defund the new health care law as part of debates over the budget and funding the federal government. On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Tea Party activists have scheduled an afternoon gathering to rally support for cutting off funding for the health law often referred to as Obamacare.

2 Democratic Senators Propose Alternate Plan For Syria

President Obama on Tuesday meets with Democratic senators to press his case for military action against Syria. Two moderate senators are offering an alternative plan. It would delay military action for 45 days, and give Bashar Assad another chance to get rid of his chemical weapons. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about the plan.
The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb in 1963. But just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.

Cubs Fan Continues Wait For World Series Win

Doris Davis has been a Chicago Cubs fan since 1926, according to the News-Sun. In the days before TV, she listened on the radio while moving players around a diamond she made from a checkerboard. And she's still waiting for that championship. As the season nears its end, the Cubs are 22 games out of first place.

Masked Crusaders Save Cat From Burning House

John Buckland and Troy Marcum of Milton, W. Va., are heroes. By the way, they were dressed like superheroes. WCHS-TV reports the two men were mentoring children at an American Legion Post wearing Batman and Captain America costumes when they saw smoke and rushed to the house.
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