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The crisis in Syria, a looming government shutdown, an economic recovery still considered anemic–President Obama has been taking a lot of heat recently. Nine months into his second term, his domestic agenda appears to be in trouble. CNN's Athena Jones reports on the escalating battle between the White House and House Republicans.
Friday morning, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told NPR, "The President, of course, has the authority to act, but it's neither his desire nor intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him." The president struck a different tone at a press conference later that morning, backtracking and saying, "It would be a mistake for me to jump the gun and speculate because right now I'm working to get as much support as possible out of Congress."
The comments shook up Washington and left many wondering what the president's plans really are and whether he would strike on Syria even without Congressional support. CNN's Jessica Yellin interviews Mr. Blinken and pushes him to clarify the administration's position.
Lawmakers are largely skeptical towards possible military action in Syria. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Senator makes TV push for immigration deal as lawmakers inch toward a deal. Jim Acosta reports.
Rep. Steve Cohen talks to CNN's Kate Bolduan about his 24-year-old daughter he learned about three years ago.
Republican CNN Contributor Erick Erickson says he favors current Speaker, John Boehner, over Rep. Eric Cantor. "I don't trust Cantor as far as I can throw him," Erickson said.
Rep. Peter King details his meeting with Speaker Boehner, who said vote on Sandy aid is their first priority.
President Barack Obama made a statement about the fiscal cliff before leaving town on Friday.