"New Day" Wrap Up – 9/02/13 – Monday
September 2nd, 2013
02:03 PM ET
September 2nd, 2013
01:55 PM ET

And If Congress Says No...

CNN's Chris Cuomo asks CNN Political Commentator Ari Fleischer and  former DNC chairman Howard Dean to weigh in on President Obama going to Congress about taking action in Syria.  Both men stand behind the President's move.

Fleischer says, "A nation is always stronger, a democracy, when it has the people behind it and that’s why it’s important to go to Congress... in this instance."

Dean adds the President is not weak for wanting a national debate.


But CNN's Kate Bouldan  asks Republican Strategist Ana Navarro  and Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill what happens if Congress says no.

Navarro responds that loss is not an option for the President.

"There is nothing like the bully pulpit of a president and he needs to use it in the coming 8 days because he needs to win this vote. It would be devastating for President Obama if he doesn’t win it," she says. "It would be devastating for the U.S and how we are perceived internationally if we can’t come to some unity on this."

The professor protests that the bully pulpit hasn't persuaded Republicans to join causes the President has brought up in the past.

"There’s been a commitment to obstructing the President. I’m not sure if the serious situation will be different, but the President put himself in a very problematic position," Lamont Hill says.

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September 2nd, 2013
01:20 PM ET

Will the International Community Join U.S. Action in Syria?

France seems to be the most supportive country willing to stand with the United States if military action begins in Syria, CNN's Christiane Amanpour tells CNN's Chris Cuomo Monday.

Amanpour addressed which global powers would stand by American actions abroad saying England is still reeling from defeat of Parliament from last week's no vote.

Amanpour says "It's not just about this potential action, it's Great Britain's position in foreign policy around the world."

The international correspondent says France proclaims they have proof Assad used chemical weapons, and a public debate, but not a vote, is scheduled in the French National Assembly for Wednesday.


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September 2nd, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Tune In to CNN Wednesday at 9pm ET For: ‘THE FLAG’

The first original production commissioned for CNN FILMS, "The Flag," directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, follows the mysterious journey of the American flag featured in one of the most iconic photographs taken at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Tucker says the flag represents a larger feeling of unity. He describes it as "that sense in how we felt in those days and weeks after 9/11 and that's really something that we've also lost."

The 90-minute film is based upon the forthcoming book by David FriendVanity Fair’s editor of creative development and formerly LIFE magazine’s director of photography and will debut Wednesday, September 4, at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, and 1:00am.

Tips have recently flood into CNN on the mystery of the missing flag, Jason Carroll reports.

If you have any information, visit CNN.COM/TheFlag  or email Findtheflag@CNN.com.


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