The Two-Way
11:40 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Obama To Seek Congressional Approval For Action Against Syria

At the White House Saturday, President Obama said he would seek congressional approval before taking action in Syria.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 10:48 am

  • President Obama's Full Speech
  • NPR Special Coverage Of Obama's Speech

(Post updated at 10 p.m. ET)

President Obama said Saturday he had decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons, but that he will seek a congressional authorization for the action that could come "tomorrow, or next week or one month from now."

Speaking from the Rose Garden, the president said he believed that he had the authority to act without Congress, but said, "I know the country will be stronger if we take this course."

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Indian Times
10:56 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

How A Granddaughter’s Memory And Her Persistent Husband Relocate Bust of Ancestor

Evelyn Trumbly Taylor with the bust of her grandfather Albert Penn
Credit Larry Taylor

100 years ago, give or take a year, according to whom you are speaking, the Smithsonian sent an artist out to different reservations to make busts of Native Americans, the thinking being that these were a “vanishing people” and should be preserved for posterity.

Then, these busts were forgotten, becoming just more acquisitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s vast holdings.

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Labor Day Celebrations
6:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Oklahoma Tribes Celebrate Labor Day

Example of stickball instruments
Credit upwiththemooses / Flickr.com

Several Native American tribes across Oklahoma are holding celebrations this weekend to recognize their culture and heritage.

In Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation is hosting the Cherokee National Holiday. The holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The event runs through Sunday and will feature arts and crafts, softball and basketball tournaments, fireworks and more.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is hosting a stomp dance, stickball and cultural demonstrations as part of a Labor Day celebration on Saturday.

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Highway Improvement Project
4:57 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Highway Interchange Called "Obsolete"

Secretary Foxx being sworn in.
Credit US Department of Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said after touring an interchange redesign project in Oklahoma City that the project is an example of investing in America.

Foxx joined Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Jim Inhofe and Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation in touring the Interstate 44/I-235/ Broadway Extension interchange project in north Oklahoma City on Friday.

The interchange redesign is the second phase of a seven-part project to improve the interchange that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says has about 100,000 vehicles on it each day.

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World Views
4:25 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Shut Up And Give? Oklahomans Rethinking International Development And Philanthropy

A family in rural Bangladesh that sells milk to Grameen Danone Foods.
Chad Jordan Cornerstone International

Chad Jordan volunteered in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, but seeing the state of infrastructure, sanitation conditions, and the lack of financial services after decades and billions of dollars of humanitarian aid affected him even more than the temblor’s destruction.

“It’s really been used for projects that are corrupt,” Jordan says. “It doesn’t really go toward projects that are really sustaining people and focusing on business.”

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World Views
4:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

UPDATE: Obama Says He's Considering "Narrow" Syria Action

President Barack Obama meets with his National Security Staff to discuss the situation in Syria, in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 30, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria'sgovernment carried out last week.

“We don't know how hard they're going to hit [President Bashar] Assad, but clearly they're going to hit Assad,” says Joshua Landis, a leading Syria watcher and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “What Obama articulated very clearly is that we can hit him hard enough to dissuade him from using chemical weapons again. So it's worth it to try to extend that and punish Assad and make him think twice about using again.”

Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.

 

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Tornado Recovery
11:08 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Feds Give Oklahoma $37 Million In New Storm Aid

Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The city of Moore and state of Oklahoma will receive nearly $37 million in federal aid to help recover from the May and June tornadoes and storms that killed dozens of people and caused damage estimated at more than $1 billion.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Friday that Moore will receive $23.6 million for recovery efforts from the May 20 tornado and the state will receive $10.6 million for storms that occurred from May 18 to June 2.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Fri August 30, 2013

India's PM Tries To Reassure Country Over Rupee's Slide

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a diplomatic signing ceremony with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in New Delhi last week.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:03 pm

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a steep slide in the country's currency in recent weeks in a rare public speech on Friday, hoping to assuage concern over the rupee's sudden depreciation and blaming the opposition for inaction in Parliament that he said was sending the wrong signals to the markets.

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OU Football
9:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Boren Postpones New Stadium Security Restrictions

OU is lifting new restrictions on purses and seat cushions for Saturday's game.
Credit allisonmeier / Flickr Creative Commons

New security measures set to take place Saturday as the University of Oklahoma football team opens its season against Louisiana-Monroe at home are being delayed.

An emailed statement from OU President David Boren says fans will be allowed to bring "purses of reasonable size and seat cushions" into the stadium.

Earlier this week, the university was alerting football fans to restrictions that would have limited purses to 10 inches by 10 inches and ban seat cushions and chair backs.

The statement from OU says the university "does not want to unduly inconvenience fans."

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether

At the White House, President Obama and his advisers continue to work to build support in Congress and among allies for striking Syria.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 12:54 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman reports.

Though Great Britain won't be joining in any military action aimed at Syria, it appears the White House is determined to go ahead — most likely within the next few days and most likely with missile strikes.

We'll be following the news throughout the day and over the weekend. As Friday dawns, here's where things stand:

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