Tuesday night on All In with Chris Hayes: over the holiday weekend, President Obama announced he will wait to take military action against Syria until Congress votes to authorize a strike. The president spent the past few days working to persuade senators and representatives to support his plan. After a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House Tuesday morning, Republican House Speaker John Boehner endorsed a military strike. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey also argued for Obama’s plan of action at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the civilian toll of the Syrian civil war reached a grim milestone, with the United Nations reporting two million Syrians are now refugees. Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Tommy Vietor, former National Security Council Spokesman for President Obama, will join Chris Hayes to talk about the current situation.
Also Tuesday, President Obama heads to Russia for the G-20 summit beginning Thursday. The White House cancelled a planned meeting on this trip between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as tensions were running high over Russia’s new anti-gay laws and granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that President Obama will meet with Russian LGBT activists this week, likely adding fuel to the fire. Julia Ioffe, Senior Editor of The New Republic, will join the conversation about the planned meeting and U.S.-Russian relations.
Plus: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claims that he fights for women’s issues. McConnell’s campaign released a statement last week at a “Women for Team Mitch” event touting the senator’s support for the Violence Against Women Act. “Mitch was the co-sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act–and continues to advocate for stronger policies to protect women,” the press release claims. McConnell did sponsor the act in 1991, but the only problem is, he hasn’t supported any of the subsequent versions. In fact, he voted against VAWA in 1994, 2012 and 2013.
Later, Ben Domenech, Editor of The Transom and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute, will join the table to discuss the arguments for and against intervention in Syria.