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SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – President Barack Obama has decided to cancel his California trip early next week to prepare a resolution on military action against Syria which is to be put to Congress, the White House said Thursday.

“The President’s trip to California has been cancelled. He will remain in Washington to work on the Syrian resolution before Congress,” the White House said.

Obama, who is in Russia for the G20 summit, was initially scheduled to make a speech in Los Angeles at the powerful AFL-CIO labour union coalition and meet with fundraisers, according to the media.

Earlier Thursday an aide of Obama indicated that the U.S. leader will be phoning congressmen from Russia to convince them to approve military action against the Syrian regime for having allegedly carried out an chemical weapons attack on August 21.

Despite support from Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, many lawmakers are still wary of a military operation, and some of the minority democrats have failed to support him.

Even the Senate, which is dominated by Obama’s allies, still seems far from decided, though a committee on Wednesday gave the proposed strikes its approval.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Participants hold placards as they mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington D.C. on January 17, 2022

Washington (AFP) - Members of Martin Luther King Jr's family joined marchers Monday in Washington urging Congress to pass voting rights reform as the United States marked the holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader.

King's son Martin Luther King III spoke at the march, warning that many states "have passed laws that make it harder to vote" more than half a century after the activism of his father.

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