Let Me Start: Pres. Obama’s Syrian Dilemma

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By Hardball staff
US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room of the White House April 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, after law enforcement officials...
US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room of the White House April 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, after law enforcement officials...
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Now that U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, something that the president said would be a “game changer”, pressure is mounting for action. The White House says the intel report isn’t conclusive on its own – and that more evidence needs to be gathered. But the hawks are pushing for a more muscular response – and military action if necessary.

After their stinging defeat last week, Senators who support expanded background checks are quietly trying to re-write their legislation to appeal to more members. They’re also launching a campaign to capitalize on the 90 percent of Americans who support expanded background checks. Meanwhile, Joe Scarborough calls Congress’s current stance on guns “indefensible”.

The Senate fixes the part of the sequester’s deep automatic budget cuts that affect those who can afford to fly. Salon’s headline? “Sorry Poor People”.

Todd Akin says he regrets his comments about “legitimate rape”.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson says the Bush record keeps getting worse.

Politico’s five takeaways on Hillary Clinton’s first speech on the paid lecture circuit.

Sharon Stone is with us tonight as Hollywood descends upon Washington for the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Let Me Start: Pres. Obama's Syrian Dilemma

Updated