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September 10th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

Newlywed accused of pushing husband off cliff

Prosecutors say a 22-year-old woman who was having second thoughts about getting married opted to end it by pushing her husband off a cliff at a national park in Montana. He died.

Now Jordan Linn Graham is facing second-degree murder charges after the incident, which occurred just a week after their wedding.

Casey Wian is OutFront with the latest.


Filed under: Crime • News
September 10th, 2013
08:11 PM ET

Missouri lawmakers take aim at federal gun laws

Across the country, there is a growing movement against gun control laws, and it could influence whether we see tougher laws in the future.

In Colorado, a recall vote is underway to oust two prominent Democratic state senators who backed some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.

And Missouri is on the verge of becoming the first state to make it a crime for federal agents to enforce federal gun laws. That would make it a crime to enforce background checks.

CNN's George Howell has more OutFront.


Filed under: Gun Control • News • Politics
September 10th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Will Obama silence critics of his Syria policy?

Reihan Salam is a fellow at the R Street Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, and a CNN contributor.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reassuring some of his critics will inevitably alienate others
  • The president's Syria policy is not interventionist enough
  • Critics want a broader military, diplomatic effort to drive Assad from power

Skepticism regarding the wisdom of President Obama's call for a U.S.-led military strike against the Assad regime comes from several different directions, and so the president will have to choose which concerns he wants to allay.

Syrian crisis: Keeping up with key developments

Reassuring some of his critics will inevitably alienate others.

For example, one critique of the president's Syria policy is that it is not interventionist enough. That is, if the U.S. attacks the Assad regime yet fails to decisively tilt the balance of power against it, it is not at all clear that such a limited U.S. intervention will deter rogue states from deploying chemical weapons in the future.

Possible Syria strike: 5 things to pay attention to today

Rather than focus on the attack itself, rogue states might instead focus on the protracted debate that preceded it, and the general war-weariness of the U.S. public. To really deter future rogue states, the argument goes, the U.S. would have to commit itself to regime change.

CNN Poll: Part of Syria strike opposition is the messenger's fault

Hawkish critics will want President Obama to make the case for a broader military and diplomatic effort to drive Bashar al-Assad from power and to foster a moderate-led opposition coalition that can fill the post-Assad security vacuum. Arizona Sen. John McCain, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton fall into this camp, as do leading conservative intellectuals like Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. But while this hawkish critique has a number of articulate spokesmen, it is not particularly popular in the wider public.

The president could thus go in a completely different direction and insist that (a) he envisions a limited aerial campaign designed only to degrade, not eliminate, the Assad regime's ability to deploy chemical weapons and (b) he intends to limit U.S. exposure to the fallout from Syria's humanitarian crisis, which is sending hundreds of thousands of refugees into neighboring countries, and growing numbers as far afield as Australia.

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums

All indications are that President Obama intends to go the latter route. The problem, however, is that if the Assad regime survives such a limited strike, as seems plausible, it's not clear that the strike will have done more good than harm.

If the Assad regime does indeed hand over its stockpile of chemical weapons to an international body, it won't just have averted a U.S.-led military strike. It will also have reinforced perceptions of its legitimacy as Syria's sovereign power, an outcome that will greatly undermine Syria's opposition forces.

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September 10th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

OutFront on the Town: Bon Appétit's Hot Ten Party

Thursday night Bon Appétit and Warby Parker hosted a major fete to honor the top dishes from the “Hot 10” chefs featured in Bon Appétit's September restaurant issue and to kick off New York Fashion Week. The event space in downtown Manhattan was a five-story-exposed-brick-loft-townhouse with an indoor pool and for the evening it was transformed into a fun house of food. Each level had culinary delights more and more exotic from the newly anointed top chefs who were flown in for the occasion.

Among the most soulful dishes was a dry-aged porterhouse steak from Austin’s Jeffrey’s and Josephine House served by a strapping young lad in a white jacket in the venue’s cozy library area. Across from the steak and in front of the pool was a dangerous Mad Men-esque martini cart.

One floor up was a dark and noisy jam-packed room with bright images of food (think ironic giant prawns) projected on the back wall. A chef’s kitchen with Chicago joint Fat Rice’s signature arroz gordo or “Fat Rice” stole the show.

Full disclosure: Never-have-I-ever eaten Macanese food (Chinese and Portuguese fusion). I especially haven’t served myself steaming “paella” (that I still can’t get out of my head) from a clay pot. The “fragrant Chinese sausage and sofrito scented rice with Portuguese chicken, roast pork, linguiça, salted duck, prawns, tea eggs and littleneck clams” spilled out of my takeout box and I immediately started crying upon first bite. I guess I spooned on too much Ghost Pepper Piri Piri sauce. Fat Rice Chef/Co-owner Abraham Conlon (he’s Portuguese) and Co-owner/General Manager Adrienne Lo (she’s Chinese) were both in attendance and tell OutFront, “As of now there is no plan to bring Fat Rice to New York or elsewhere, but [that’s] not out of the question.”

Follow Jessica Reinis on Twitter: @JessicaReinis.

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