It's a new day, a new week, and for some of you, a new school year.
Welcome. And thank you for starting it with CNN STUDENT NEWS.
First up today, we're talking about the Middle Eastern nation of Syria.
It's president, Bashar al-Assad, says the Middle East will explode if Syria is attacked.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says samples from inside Syria tested positive for signatures of Sarin gas, that's a chemical weapon.
The U.S. has considered taking action against Syria and moved warships into the area near the country.
Congress has the power to declare war, but the president can order a military strike.
Jim Acosta reports on "What's Going On."
In a city that feasts on political theater, it was high drama just passed high noon, as President Obama told the world he had pulled back from the brink of a military strike against Syria.
I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress.
Aides to the president say Mr. Obama decided to go in a different direction at almost a last minute.
An approximately 6 P.M. Friday, the president made the stunning change in plans to seek congressional authorization.
The question is what are we, we collectively, what are we in the world are going to do about it?
Just hours before the president's abrupt move, Secretary Kerry had made a passionate case for urgent action,
but aides say what Kerry and the rest of the president's team didn't know,
is that Mr. Obama had been privately kicking around the idea of seeking approval from Congress for days, as Kerry was turning up the heat, the president seemed to be turning it down.
I'm very clear that the world generally is war-weary, certainly the United States has gone through over a decade of war.
The American people understandably want us to be focused on the business of rebuilding our economy here and putting people back to work.
And I assure you nobody ends up being more war-weary than me.
The debate that counts is the one to come.
In Congress, where lawmakers from both parties still have questions.
In my view, U.S. military forces justified only to protect the vital national security interest of the United States.
And to date, the administration has not focused on those interests.
I don't see where America is threatened.
I don't see where our national security is threatened.
And perhaps, between now and the time we get back in September, 9, the president will have information that would allow the Congress to effectively see where this danger is.
Administration officials say the president still reserves the right to take military action as one top official put it, the commander-in- chief still has the authority to act, even if Congress says no.