Take Two for September 9, 2013

Russia calls for Syria to hand over chemical weapons

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference in Moscow on September 9, 2013. Lavrov called on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action.

Earlier today the Russian Foreign Minister said he would press Syrian authorities to place its chemical weapons under international control. This presumably to help the country avoid military intervention from the U.S.

To understand what this means and how it could affect the debate over Syria in this country, we are joined by Daniel Serwer, professor with John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

House members have returned from summer recess, and the White House hopes they'll be more willing to hear evidence about chemical weapons now that they're back inside the Beltway.

That's what National Journal's Shane Goldmacher is writing about today, and he joins us now from the Capitol.  


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