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Aug 29, 2013 3:51 PM by Eric Ross

Obama briefs Boehner on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has briefed House Speaker John Boehner on Syria in a conversation in which the Republican leader pressed the president to make the case to the nation and Congress for military action.

A spokesman for Boehner, Brendan Buck, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the speaker questioned the president about issues he raised in a letter on Wednesday.

Among Boehner's concerns are the legal justification for any military strike, the overall policy and precedent and the objective.

Buck said only Obama can answer those questions, and it was clear that additional conversations, consultation with Congress and communication with the nation were necessary.

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