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President Barack Obama will tell the American people and Congress on Tuesday evening that the United States must not let up pressure on Syria even as Washington explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

While Obama plans to claim credit for a potential diplomatic breakthrough on Syria’s chemical weapons, he still faces potential political damage from his failure so far to sell the public and Congress on the need for military intervention.

Diplomacy took center stage on Capitol Hill as supporters and opponents of a military strike in Syria urged a pause in the process so the administration can explore Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control.

The U.S. Senate put the brakes on a planned vote on authorization of military force in Syria as lawmakers assess the new diplomatic push and the public response to Obama’s speech on Tuesday night.

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