With a diplomatic solution perhaps within reach to safeguard against chemical weapons use in Syria, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to delay authorizing the use of force. The Obama administration was planning a military strike after asserting that Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus on Aug. 21. The Senate had scheduled an initial vote for Wednesday, Sept. 11, but Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed it. The House of Representatives has not scheduled a vote.
By Danny Dougherty
McClatchy Washington Bureau