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good morning. i am morgan radford. it's sunday, september 1st. these are some of the stories we are following >> in a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted. president obama calls for strikes on syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. after the unexpected presidential punt, the ball is now firmly in congress's court. the lawmakers are not rushing back from a break to vote on military action in syria. it could take weeks for a final decision. former south african president nelson mandela returns home from the hospital today but
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the beloved leader who helped end apaeid remains in critical condition. >> ford recalls cars that could lose ability to steer. some are driven by police officers across the country. president obama asked congress to approve military strikes against syria. the request surprised many in washington and was met with a mix of praise and criticism. at this point, no one knows exactly what the house or the senate might do but for now, it appears to have put the brakes on any military action. >> here is my question for every member of congress and every member of the global community. what message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in a in plain
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site and pay no price? >> the president's decision pushes back any possible strike on syria at least a week. the senate foreign relations committee will begin debate but any vote before the full congress can't happen until september 9th,ing when lawmakers return from recess. many are asking is president obama building a consensus or just passing the buck? patty col hane has more >> reporter: as union inspect orders arrived back at the hague, a missile strike seemed i am any time. a small group of protesters outside of the white house urged restraint. >> obama. >> their chants heard faintly in the rose garden as president barack obama came out to tell the world he wants to strike. he's ready, but it's going to have to wait. he now wants the approval of the u.s. congress. >> while i believe i have the authority to carry out this
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military action without specific congressional authorization i know the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be more effective. we should have this debate because the issues are too big for business as usual >> reporter: but it won't happen soon. the president is not calling congress back into session. some politicians will return in the coming days for a series of hearings, but there won't be a full debate until after both houses have returned from summer recess on september the 9th. it came as a big surprise since members of his administration started talking tough on syria, they have avoided questions about seeking a congressional vote. >> we are engaging in what we believe our responsibility is here to consult with congress. >> consult with congress. >> it is important for his administration to consult with congress in a row bust way. >> the administration doesn't ask for permission before when taking broader action in libya. they said they didn't need
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approval, air strikes an missiles, they argued didn't qualify. now they believe congress should weigh in on syria, a body which hasn't been able to pass bills without broad public support. the majority of americans don't want to intervene in syria making this vote a tough sell according to analyst, bill acquir schneider >> i think about a third of congress will support the president and a third will not and that includes conservative republicans and liberal democrats and about a third are just in the air, including at of democrats and some republicans. they are just up in the air. they are waiting to see the evidence and we demand a very high standard of evidence after the experience in iraq. >> now had a he has made this move, the administration will likely have to answer questions it has so far avoided, like what is the legal justification, the national interest, potential consequences. until those questions are askednd answered and if nothing changes on the ground in syria, it appears for now, u.s. intervention is on hold.
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paty colhane, al jazeera, washington. >> members of congress quickly weighed in on the president's decision. house speaker john boehner released a statement saying, quote, we are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in syria in response to sirius questions being raised. another republican congressman had a different take. new york representative peter king said, quote, president obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander in chief and undermining the authority of future presidents. the president doesn't need 535 members of congress to enforce his own red line. other lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are weighing in as well. >> i do think the president is to be commanded for bringing this action to congress. this is not indecision on his part. it's democracy. >> i am very, very glad that the
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president listened to bi-partisan calls to come before congress. >> i don't think among the family of civilized nations that web allow him to get away with this. as far as i am concerned, we should have struck today. >> paul biban, do you have any sense of how the house and the senate will vote? >> reporter: good morning, morgan. it's stuff to say right now. obviously the political stakes are huge and the white house is really making sure or trying to cover its bases on the politics from the get-go. later today, there is going to be a briefing, white house briefing, closed for members of congress this afternoon but the white house made very clear to the media where that briefing is going to be and where the camera locations even should be we will see who is participating. this is the head of as you mentioned congress reconvening
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on september 9th and ahead of tuesday's senate foreign relations committee beginning debate. the debate really starting before the formal debates begin. speaking of that, on twitter, the debate has already gotten going. let's just run through a couple of these if you would. michigan republican justice amash reporting it's it's not right that i have to. >> on military, even before september 9th or 10th, and that he will need more evidence of the threat to u.s. security. democrat from connecticut, crits murphy, proud of the president congressional authorization for action in syria. won't be easy. british prime minister david cameron supporting he supports the president's condition. senator jerry moran, laying it out pretty clearly here america
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cannot afford another conflict that taxes our resources without achieving goals that add vance the american interests, and i will not support authorizing military action against syria at this time. so again, morgan, the politicians are huge and as you mentioned, it is a gamble whether he is coalition building or buck passing. it's all on the line. morgan? >> paul, you mentioned the debate both in congress and in the twitterverse. do you think this will come down to deal making involving a separate issue such as at budget or debt ceiling? there certainly will be some horse trading. it's hard to say whether those issues will be, you know, out in the open as as congress debates syria but those questions will be on the table as it moves forward. >> thank you so much, paul biban. joining us is david jackson from beirut. how are people there reacting to president obama's announcement?
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>> reporter: is there is something of a relaxation although they had their problems to contend with at the same time. this a nation that has gone through sectarian violence. we have had 75 people killed until car bombs over the past little while. >> that's something everybody is worried about now beginning to continue they don't want to e that go back into place and they don't want that to happen. the focus has been on syria lots of refugees coming across the border and now going back. with this week-plus after reprieve, many more probably will then go back into syria and wait out this next period of time at home active any question that egypt or another country would be involved in a military action against syria?
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>> is thethere social security chance and the one that stands most poised and israel says they are standing by with their finger on the trigger. they do not expect to be drawn into this, though. they don't see really any scenario that would lead syria to south dakota israel. they fully expect there will be a measured american strike, that it will be relatively modest, relatively, and that that will somewhat degrade the asad regime. the people who are most concerned right now really about this is the coalition, the rebels in syria. i think disappointed is probably the best word simply because they are in the middle of a civil war they arefieding against assad and they thought this strike would, as they say, degrade his military capability. they are hoping that comes sooner later. they know it will be at least a week and a half. >> thank you so much, david jackson, live from beirut. fifa cotell at brennan center
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for justice school of law. she is an al jazeera contributor. fiza, can you explain to us: president obama is asking congress for approval for a military strike? >> is there any chance at all left for a diplomatic decision >> i think it's hard to know, but by the time he has declared he is plan to go for a military stri strike, he made the assesses he is not going to be able to influence the assad regime. >> how can we expect congress to act. >> previous commentators have pointed out. nobody knows. this is one of the first major votes in a long time. nobody knows which way this vote is going to go. you have people like john mccain from the republican party saying it's not going to vote against it because he doesn't think it goes far enough. you have more conservative and liberal democrats saying we
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don't want to get involved in another war. it's unclear how this will play out. >> you have mentioned those who don't want to get involved in the war. what's the price, political price, of inaction? >> well, i think there is a pretty high price actually. at this point, you know, we are looking at one strike which killed according to the administration, some 1500 civilians. if we don't act and there is another strike and this time, say, 3,000 people are killed, i think the political dynamics would change considerable. >> the big question then is even with britain stepping in and saying we don't want to be involved in any military, will that make it harder for other nations to come forward. >> yes and no. the brits have said they are going to step out although they are going to have another consideration of this issue in parliament this week, i believe. you know, we do have france committed to this. it's difficult. it's he is having a difficult time building an international
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coalition, so he needs to shore up his domestic report. it's a quest for legitimacy. >> thank you for joining us this morning. co-director of the liberty and national security program, brennan center for justice at new york university school of law. keep it here to al jazeera for continuing coverage on the crisis in syria. you can also stay up to date on our website at and a major ford recall impacting hundreds of thousands of popular cars, including many driven by cops around the country. plus, a heart-stopping landslide all caught on camera. we will tell you where this very close call happened
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legendary broadcaster sir david frost has died. he was 74 years old. his journalism career spanned decades and most recently he hosted a series of hour-long shows forrax. he worked as a comedy writer and worked on "the frost report" and that was "the week that was." he was best known for a series of revealing interviews he did with former president nixon in the '60s. years later, those conversations were the basis for the award winning movie "frost nix on." for the first time in months, nelson mandela is home today. he was released from the hospital in pretty or i can pre where he has been hospitalized for a lung condition. he will continue treatment in the comfort of his home in johan
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he johannesburg. ford motors is recalling three of its popular said ages because of a problem with the steering shaft. ford crown victoria, mercury grand marquis and lincoln town car all manufactured from 2005 to 2011. the recall affects about 307,000 cars that were sold in the u.s. and in canada. now, the problem is decaying metal that may cause drivers to lose the ability to steer the car. fo ford said in a statement issued saturday it's unaware of any accidents offer issues linked to the issue. the crown victoria is a model that's often used for police cruisers. despite the recall, ford is making good on a promise to create more american jobs. the auto maker has rolled out its new line of fusion saedans and they are going to be built in detroit. bisi onalire-eri picks up the
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story >> reporter: there hasn't been much to cheer about in detroit but for the first time, a fusion rolled off of the assembly line. 1400 new jobs in over $500 million in investments. >> we would all like to thank the uaw for continuing to work with ford to grow manufacturing joh jobs here in america. >> fusions start at about $22,000 the until now, they were only made in mexico. but with sales up 13%, the plant there can't keep up. most of the jobs pay 15.78 an hour. competitive with mexican factory workers. veteran ford workers make nearly twice that now. still, workers we talked to sounded enthusiastic. >> obviously, we are adding another shift, and, actually, two shifts. so it's all good. plus it's an american-made car, too. that's the other great thing. >> good news considering a
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couple of years ago, the same plant which also produces the mustang nearly closed when production nose-dived. >> we had some dark days here and this plant was actually on the chopping block, you know. we decided we were going to roll up our sleeves and make ourselves attractive for new investment. look what we have done >> reporter: 350,000 fusions will be built this year. the 1400 new hires will put forward more than 75% ahead of its goal in creating 12,000 jobs in the next two years here in the u.s. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera detroit. >> the wildfire in and around yosemite national park is now bigger than the entire city of dallas. smoke is making it harder for crews to battle the blaze. a fire fighting aircraft is grounded because of the low visibility and the fire is one of the worst in california's history. footage of a driver in taiwan
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coming this close to being crushed by a bolder. the car suffered ex tinsive damage but the couple inside suffered with only minor injuries. it was from tropical storm konri. >> very close call there. i think that video underlines why it's very important not to drive whenever there is torrential rain coming down on the roadways. across the northwest earn portion of the united states, we are going to have temperatures about 5 to 10 degrees above where they should be at this time of the year. overall, beautiful weekend across the northwest, certainly in seattle on into portland. tomorrow can, an area of low pressure will make its way on. temperatures well above where they should be at this time of the year. down in texas, well, it's still summer for sure. in dallas, a high of 104 degrees and unfortunately, they are not going to get any rain today, although further to the north, a lot of the heat pushing in out of the south central plain will
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make its way into the heart of the country, certainly on into the great lakes region and that's going to interact with a cold front that's going to continue to swing across the central portion of the country. and as a result, we could have some potentially devastating storms, talking about damaging winds as high as 60 miles per hour. also a bit of hail, hail the size of ping pongs possible. in addition to that, we could see isolated tornados. as to where i think really across portions of illinois, back into missouri, that's where the heaviest of the rain will be. that's where we will see the damaging winds and, also, the hail and the potential for a few isolated tornados. it is this frontal boundary that's going to push into the northeast as we head into tomorrow. so if you are traveling along i-95, heavy rain on the way, i want you to use precaution on the roadways. boston, new york city, down into our nation's capital and we are going to continue to have showers and thunderstorms as we head back to work here on monday. by tuesday, on into wednesday. i think the skies are going to clear up quite a bit.
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83 on tuesday. 79 on wednesday. the rain is also going to push into the southeast and i will tell you one thing right now, they don't need any more rain in the southeast. exceptional amounts especially on into atlanta where you may have delays out of jackson. monday on 2 tuesday. mostly cloudy skies. showers and thunderstorms most likely to arrive. wednesday bell see nothing but sunshine as the front pushes offshore with a high of 87. morgan back to you. thanks so much. a shake-up at the vatican after a series of embarrassing scandals, the new pope makes some pretty surprising changes. >> i am just -- we have the latest where the guy behind knee, the spaniard taking over the men's side, rafaeln nadal, leading the way. how they are going to shake out. >> that's next in sports.
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>> right now, we are following breaking news out of eastern indonesia where according to the u.s. geological survey, there has been a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. there is no word yet of any injuries or the extent of the damage, but we will of course continue to follow this story and but bring you more information as it comes in.
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pope francis has appointed a new top aid arch bishop pitr pitro parilin, an experienced vatican diplomat seen as part of a movement to modernize the papal court. he replaces tarcisio berton. >> ruth bader ginsburg was the first justice in history to off fish 80 a marriage. her long time friend kentucky senator michael kaiser and his partner, economist john roberts. she sloped in favor of gay marriage during the ruling that repealed the defense of marriage act in june. it's heating up in the men's bracket at the u.s. open and here in sports is jessica taff. >> thank you very much. at the u.s. open, it is anyone's game at the top of the men's draw right now. in two of the -- two of the best players were on display saturday, rafael nadal now
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dominating the hard court. hasn't lost a single match on the hard court this season. that trend would continue against duddick, beating the croatian in straight sets. he will face phillip holshriver who pulled off the biggest upset by knocking off number 13. it is crazy for me to say the number 7 seed, roger federer, in action late last night in queens, the 17 time major championship winner took on adrienne manerino and easily sdmroedz of t disposed of the 6 ranked player losing five gales along the way. serena williams has dominated so far. can she keep it going and defend her u.s. open title and can andy ury do the same? john smith has the a preview. >> here at u.s.a. today
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columnist do you go robinson, serena came in, lost in cincinnati but looks like she has come in with the eye of the tiger but seems like there is one person who could really, really defeat her and that's victoria azaranka. when do you think of their prospects of meeting? >> serena has played a pretty dominating season. she looked like she was in serena form in the first round. she sort of beat down on her opponent. but i think there is one player that probably doesn't fear serena. she has beaten her a couple of times. serena has a dominating record over here, but ozaranka has shown she is one of the players that might be able to take her out of this tournament. >> on the mid side, jokovich comes in number 1 seated but rafael nadal having won two tournaments coming into this tournament. he is on a role. you have the defending champ as the third seat. let's look at the top of that men's draw. >> absolutely.
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jokovich is a guy who the last couple of years has been the best player on hard courts. nadal has had a phenomenal season since his 7-month layoff for knee problems and the wimbledon champion, andy murray so it's tight at the top. >> a name that flies under the radar and is even shocking to use this man's name in the same sentence with flying under the radar, roger federer. roger federer came in, i think, 7th seated player in the u.s. open and john mccinroe says he doesn't think roger has another grand sland in him obviously struggled this season, his worst season in the decade. some problems with his back, longer to recover from matches but if things break his way, i don't think there is any doubt roger federer could win another grand slam tournament. >> we have the sluggers on the
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tennis court. how about in baseball? a couple of transactions on saturday? former mvp justin verneau, and rogers got michael young from the phillies. that is a look at sports. jessica taff. >> the dodgers get michael young. thank you so much, jess. speaking of sports, diana nighad is back in the swim, trying to swim from cuba to florida. this is her fifth attempt. her previous efforts have been cut short by jellyfish stings. if she en counters them again, nyad said she would put on a body suit and face mask and keep on swimming. that will do it for this addition of al jazeera news. >> i am morgan radford. ali belshe is next. remember news at the top of every single hour and thank you so much for watching. remember, you can always follow
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