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What We’re Watching: Thursday, Sept. 12

Good morning!

Grab a cup of coffee and read some of the stories that PBS NewsHour expects to develop throughout the day Thursday.

Latest on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva for two days of negotiations for a solution to Syrian chemical weapons.

Other world leaders weigh in:

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a New York Times opinion piece, in which he describes a U.S. military strike as resorting to “brute force” and challenges President Barack Obama on American exceptionalism.

  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech in Istanbul Thursday in which he said that Assad was buying time for new “massacres.”

Meanwhile, the CIA began delivering light weapons and other munitions to Syrian rebels during the past two weeks.

NSA Leaks Data to Israel

“The Guardian” reported the National Security Agency routinely passes unfiltered intelligence data to Israel, including details about U.S. citizens.

GOP Tying Budget Deal to Obamacare Delay

House Republicans are pushing for a one-year delay on provisions of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for a deal to raise the debt ceiling. A new study from the Bipartisan Policy Center shows that we could hit debt limit as early as Oct. 18.

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to hold a press briefing Thursday morning. PBS NewsHour will live stream his remarks, along with remarks from from Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

House Foreclosures Continue to Decrease

Market researcher RealtyTrac reports that new foreclosure actions in Aug. hit lowest level in nearly eight years.

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