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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Sep 9, 2013 12:39 AM Flag

    Obama and Biden hold last minute summit in desperate bid to secure backing for Syria strike from lawmakers

    Obama and Biden hold last minute summit in desperate bid to secure backing for Syria strike from lawmakers

    US Secretary of State said 'no decision has been made'

    Comments come as President Obama prepares to show politicians disturbing footage to muster support for air strike
    Reports suggest House of Representatives and Senate are 'deeply divided' over issue

    By Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent and James Nye
    PUBLISHED: 02:48 GMT, 9 September 2013 | UPDATED: 03:25 GMT, 9 September 2013

    President Obama and Joe Biden held a last minute summit with senior Republican senators on Sunday night as they try to shore up rapidly diminishing support for military action in Syria.

    Hosting a meal at the vice-president's home at the Naval Observatory in Washington, the president is slated to go to Capitol Hill in two days to make his case for limited missile strikes to Senate Democrats.

    However, while the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an endorsement of the president's proposal last, the house and senate vote still faces an uncertain future and possible defeat.

    Indeed, the president's journey to Congress on Tuesday to attempt to convince his own party to back his proposal will come on the same day his broadcast to the nation will air at 9 p.m. ET.

    This comes as the White House asserted on Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.

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    But Obama's top aide says the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are

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