Today: The President has no public events scheduled.
Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House. In the evening, he will depart Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden.
Wednesday: The President will arrive in Stockholm. While there, he will hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Reinfeldt. He will then participate in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm and tour an expo featuring clean energy innovations at the Royal Institute of Technology. In the evening, he will take part in a dinner with Nordic Leaders.
Thursday: The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the King and Queen of Sweden. He will then depart Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia where he will attend the G-20 Summit.
Friday: Attends the G-20 Summit. Returns to Washington, DC on Friday evening.
Michael Tomasky: Obama did the right thing, morally and constitutionally
…. Kind of sad that it’s so stunning and refreshing to hear a president acknowledge that he shares constitutional power, but stunning and refreshing it was … It’s a big relinquishing of power, a major constitutional recalibration that will outlast him and the yahoos whose votes he’s going to be seeking, and Obama deserves props for it.
…. let’s do some nose-counting. In the Senate, I presume a resolution will pass … Harry Reid said Saturday he’d try to bring the Senate back early for a vote, meaning it will say yes first, adding to the drama as we turn to the House.
There? Yesterday, I thought the chance the House would pass a war authorization for this president was about 0 percent. Today I’ve revised that up to about 5 percent…..
…. The argument to the Republicans in the House and the American people is simple. He’s fulfilled his constitutional duties. Will Congress fulfill its moral ones, or is their hatred of Obama so great that they will instead choose the side of a monstrous murderer?
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— skeptical brotha (@skepticalbrotha) September 1, 2013
I thought this was about international law against chemical weapons being used but the media is telling me it’s abt “PBO” winning or losing
— Sabrina (@Charmed86) September 1, 2013
E.J. Dionne: On Syria, Obama had to go to Congress
In seeking congressional authorization for military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, President Obama is not weakening presidential power and is not looking for an out to avoid a war he doesn’t want. He is doing what is absolutely necessary in a democratic republic. He is rallying consent for a grave step and for what was always going to be a controversial decision.
…. Gaining democratic consent is especially important for an action that has very large long-term implications and clearly divides the country…..
… Reluctantly, I think the president is right to strike against Assad…. I use that word “reluctantly” because, like so many who believe the Iraq war was a terrible mistake, I am wary of military intervention in the Middle East. But because of what Obama said and, more important, why he said it, I think we have to act in Syria.
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— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) September 1, 2013
GOP attacks Obama for inaction re Syria. Then attacks him for threatening action. Then attacks him for seeking Cong approval. Oy!
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) September 1, 2013
Steve Benen: Reading the congressional tea leaves on Syria
…. The congressional process is really just starting in earnest, and it’s likely that momentum will swing more than once before lawmakers return to Capitol Hill and cast a vote next week.
That said, members’ comments yesterday suggested President Obama’s request for congressional approval faces an uphill climb. For every lawmaker who predicted yesterday that a resolution would pass, at least two predicted it would fail. For every member who said they were inclined to endorse the use of force in Syria, at least two said the opposite.
Also note, the divide on Syria does not fall neatly along partisan lines, making predictions that much more difficult.
John Boehner: “Syria using Sarin gas is wrong, yes, but I’m on vacation, so dealing with atrocities will have to wait until office hours.”
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) September 1, 2013
Can you impeach a president for making you vote on something you pretended you wanted to vote on? Asking for a foe.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 1, 2013
Smartypants: The argument the non-interventionsts must make
President Obama has made his argument for military intervention in Syria in response to their use of chemical weapons. And he has once again said that he welcomes the debate.
It is now time for those who oppose this military intervention to make their case. I’ll tell you what won’t work: suggesting this is just like what Bush/Cheney did when they lied us into an invasion of Iraq. Rather than looking for an excuse to invade another country, we all know that President Obama has fought off advice to engage in Syria – even when it came from his closest national security advisors.
This large-scale use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime is what finally changed his mind. But even more importantly, President Obama is not talking about invading Syria – he’s talking about an action that would be limited in scope and duration – with no boots on the ground. An argument against the President’s proposal has to take that into account.
Damn you Obama! You’ve completely ruined the talking MSM heads weekend. They were all lined up to bash your unauthorized war!
— Steve Crandall (@JayandSteve) September 1, 2013
So great that 83 out of 535 Congressmembers could take time from fund raising to attend the Syria briefing.
— rootless (@root_e) September 2, 2013
Garance Franke-Ruta (The Atlantic): Why Americans Aren’t as Willing to Intervene Overseas as They Used to Be
President Obama faces a radically different public-opinion environment than he did even two years ago, when the U.S. prepared to act against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, as he seeks to make the case for an attack in Syria. Why are things so different now? It’s not as simple as that the public is “war-weary,” as is frequently said. Here are some of the other forces I believe to be at work:
1. 9/11 is a distant memory. The threat of terrorism once exerted a strong sway on Americans, creating an automatic bias toward action. That’s no longer the case…. 2. It’s a new Congress. …. Only 32 current senators served in 2002 during the fall vote on the Iraq war resolution …. this is the first time they’ve experienced the drumbeats of war….
3. The cost of raising questions is low, for the moment. Congress is on vacation…. 4. Obama never has to stand for election again, but the jockeying for 2016 is well under way….
5. There’s no longer widespread optimism about the Arab Spring…. 6. The moral argument for why chemical weapons are different is no longer as obvious as it once was…..
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ThinkProgress: House Republicans Have Collectively Voted To Repeal Obamacare Over 7,000 Times
In yet another example of the enormous effort House Republicans have spent attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, ThinkProgress has calculated that the current Republican Conference in the House of Representatives has collectively voted to repeal or defund President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment 7,386 times.
The House Republicans’ approach to Obamacare continues to typify the current “golden age” of dysfunction in Washington. Since gaining control of the House in 2011, Speaker John Boehner has presided over 40 separate votes that would do everything from fully repealing the law, to prohibiting the IRS from funding it, to delaying pieces of it. The New York Times recently estimated that the House has spent an astonishing 15 percent of all of its time on the floor focused on repeal — a span that amounts to over $17 million of Republican members’ salaries since 2011, based on numbers from the Congressional Research Service.
TPM: This Is What Obamacare Outreach Looks Like (VIDEOS)
With a month to go until the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplaces open for business, the race is on to reach the public and let them know what’s going to be available to them on Oct. 1.
Television ads are a logical starting point to raise public awareness, and many marketplaces, also known as exchanges, have debuted video advertisements. They’re consciously playing to the home crowd.
…. The exchanges have a big job to do in 32 days. Two-thirds of Americans said they know nothing at all or only a little about the marketplaces, according to the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. The White House is hoping to sign up 7 million people for coverage in the exchange’s first year.
With that goal in mind, here’s a round up of how Obamacare advocates are taking their message to the public: