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It took a Mideast war, an accelerating nuclear program, a crisis with U.N. inspectors and crippling sanctions before the U.S. and Iran started talking. (Photo by DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS)
The State Department ordered non-emergency personnel and their family members to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beirut Friday, and told Americans to avoid travel to Lebanon due to a threat to the diplomatic post. It also warned U.S. citizens in Turkey to be on alert for potential violence and issued a drawdown of employees at the U.S. Consulate General in Adana, Turkey.
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Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about the history of Congress giving its approval to a president for the use of military force, and whether there is precedent for a president using military force against without the authorization of Congress.
Late Tuesday, NBC News obtained a draft of a new bipartisan Syria resolution by Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and Ranking Member Bob Corker. The draft approves the use of military force in Syria, and sets a 60-day deadline, allowing for one 30-day extension. It prohibits the use of ground forces.
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In 1971, a young Naval lieutenant named John Kerry pleaded with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to stop a war. Four decades later, Kerry will return to that same committee table, this time as Secretary of State, to advocate for U.S. military action in Syria.
Kerry will be joined Tuesday by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel–the two men both military veterans who served for years together on the senate panel that will hold hearings on Syria and President Obama’s quest for Congressional approval of military action there.
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Flares light as opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. View more photos from the protests here. (Photo by Amr Nabil/AP)
From Lean Forward/ Last Word:
When Ayaan Hirsi Ali was 19, she “piously, even gleefully” participated in a rally in Kenya to burn Salman Rushdie’s book—despite having never read it.
Ali, whose cover story was published today in Newsweek, uses her own personal experiences of what she calls "Muslim Rage" and unquestioning fanaticism as a lens to view the protests in the Middle East.