Obama administration officials briefed members of Congress on Thursday on the intelligence they say proves it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people, writes NPR’s Eyder Peralta. Frank Thorp, of NBC News, and Reuters report that after the conference call, Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, said Read more

“Questions are already swirling about the endgame as the Obama administration prepares for a likely strike against Syria as punishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack in its civil war.” writes Lolita C. Baldor for the Associated Press. Capitol View: Franken, Klobuchar: Chemical weapons use must have consequences National security experts and some U.S. officials Read more

“Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows,” writes Associated Press reporter Hope Yen. Despite a heightened sense of racial progress immediately following the 2008 election of the first black president, Americans’ views of black progress have waned. Read more