Morning Maddow: September 9

Updated
"Sunset at Montmajour" by Vincent Van Gogh
"Sunset at Montmajour" by Vincent Van Gogh
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Bashar al-Assad denies the chemical weapons attack. Sec. of State Kerry isn’t buying it.

German newspaper reports that Syrian troops may have used chemical weapons without al-Assad’s permission.

President Obama will make his Syria case to six television news outlets tonight.

Congress is back today.

McClatchy reports that the Pentagon is planning for a three-day bombardment of Syria.

Sec. Kerry says Saudi Arabia backs U.S. strikes, but Saudi Arabia hasn’t said that publicly.

Pope Francis led a global prayer vigil for Syria on Saturday.

A federal court will allow Texas to use its controversially redrawn district maps for 2014 elections.

Tokyo beats Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic games.

Long-lost Van Gogh painting discovered in an attic in Norway.

Morning Maddow: September 9

Updated