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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on July 24, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on July 24, 2013.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

David Shribman

On Syria, is U.S. Congress making a 1938 decision or a 2003 decision?

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate – often self-important, often self-centered – are accustomed to saying that the whole world is watching the proceedings on Capitol Hill. That’s hardly ever true; even most Americans pay little attention to floor action. But not this week. This week Americans are paying attention and the whole world is watching.