August 30th, 2013
10:39 PM ET

Houston mayoral race a sign of political shift?

Who said don't mess with Texas.

It's the unofficial kick-off of local fall elections... one mayor running for a third term who caught our eye.. because she's out front of a much bigger political story.

CNN's John King has the story on how the lonestar state may be turning blue.

Filed under: News • Politics • Same-sex marriage
August 30th, 2013
10:32 PM ET

New protests over 30-day sentence for rape

Protesters gathered again Friday demanding a Montana judge resign after he sentenced a former teacher to a month in prison for raping his 14-year old student. The teenager later took her life.

The movement to remove the judge comes as prosecutors are working on a potential appeal that could put this former teacher behind bars for at least two years.

OutFront: Kyung Lah, who first reported the story about the potential appeal and Criminal Defense attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Danny Cevallos.

Filed under: Justice • Montana teen rape case • News
August 30th, 2013
10:09 PM ET

Obama administration releases intelligence assessment

President Obama presents his evidence for war.

CNN has obtained some new shocking images of the aftermath of another alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Seven people died and dozens were injured in the alleged attack on a school in northern Syria.

A doctor at a local hospital said, "it's like they used chemicals, like napalm or something. It's causing a lot of burns."

CNN has not been able to independently confirm what happened.

OutFront: General Anthony Zinni, who served as Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command. He led Operation Desert Fox in 1998, which involved a series of airstrikes against Iraq in an effort to destroy that country's weapons of mass destruction program.

Filed under: News • Syria
August 30th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

President Obama flip-flops on unilateral military action

Has President Obama changed his tune on military engagement?

Today, he tried to justify a possible United States strike on Syria.

"Part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people - including children - that they're held to account," Obama said.

But prior to his presidency, in 2006, he touted his opposition to the Iraq war.

"I said then and believe now that Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator who craved weapons of mass destruction, but posed no imminent threat to the United States," Obama said.

What's changed the president's perspective?

OutFront: Democratic congresswoman Barbara lee (D-CA) and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

Filed under: News • Syria
August 30th, 2013
09:16 PM ET

Gas prices rising on Syrian strike fears

If you're one of the 34.1 million Americans hitting the road this holiday weekend - you'll be paying for it when you pull into the gas station.

According to Triple-A, the national average for a gallon of regular is now three dollars and fifty-nine cents. It's up more than two cents from Thursday.

Prices have been soaring recently driven by fears that a potential U.S. military strike in Syria will affect oil prices

Outfront: Larry Glazer with Mayflower advisors.

Filed under: Syria
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