Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Nation & World

Obama delays Syria vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday night that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Bashar Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.

Speaking from the East Room of the White House, Obama said he had asked congressional leaders to postpone a vote on legislation he has been seeking to authorize the use of military force against Syria.

The speech capped a frenzied 10-day stretch of events that began when he announced he was stepping back from a threatened military strike and asking Congress to pass legislation authorizing use of force against Assad.

Events took an unexpected turn this week when Russia and Syria reacted positively to a remark from Secretary of State John Kerry indicating the crisis could be defused if Damascus agreed to put its chemical weapons under international control.

Obama said he will send Kerry to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, and added, “I will continue my own discussion” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Loading more