Top News: Top Congressional leaders began lining up behind President Obama's proposal to launch punitive air strikes on Syria, with the recalcitrant House leadership indicating they would back a military intervention in Syria in response to chemical weapons use.
Following a meeting with the president at the White House, Speaker John Boehner said that he would "support the president's call to action," a decsion that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor quickly endorsed. The move by the House's Republican leadership hands Obama two allies who have previously stymied his legislative agenda and brightens prospect that he might be able to move legislation authorizing military action in Syria. Nonetheless, Obama still faces a tough challenge in winning broad support among rank-and-file members on both sides of the aisle.
Separately, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed on a compromise resolution authorizing the use of military force that would limit Obama to 60 days of military action with the possibility of a 30-day extension. Meanwhile, the administration's lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill continued on Tuesday with testimony before the committee by Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey.
With his lieutenants continuing to press the case for military action, Obama arrived in Sweden on Tuesday, where he will meet carry out bilateral meetings and regional leaders, ahead of travelling to St. Petersburg for the G-20 summit.
Meanwhile in Russia, President Vladimir Putin warned the United States against taking unilateral action against Syria and said that Russia would be willing to entertain a U.N. Security Council if it was proved "beyond doubt" that chemical weapons were used.
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