Monday September 9, 2013 Happening Now - Pres Obama Push on Syria; Assad Denials; Congress Returns

Congress is back in session (finally after five weeks of summer recess). They have a LOT to do including raising the debt ceiling, action on the health care overhaul, nominations, and of course a vote on Syria. The full Senate expected to take up the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote to authorize military action.. but there's no guarantee in the Senate and the House is looking increasingly tough for the President.

President Obama will be pushing hard on Syria today. He's giving interviews to six networks (including Fox's Chris Wallace), and he'll address the nation tomorrow.

The Syria dictator Bashir Assad gave an interview to Charlie Rose denying he was behind the chemical attack on civilians. That interview airs today.

Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated there is plenty of evidence Syria's government ordered and carried out the chemical attack on civilians that left more than a thousand dead. Kerry dismissed the Assad comments and said "we know his regime gave orders to prepare for a chemical attack." He says Assad could resolve the crisis by turning over all chemical weapons within a week.

A new Van Gogh painting was discovered in an attic and has been verified by the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. It is the first discovered since 1928.

For more news follow me on Twitter @ClintPHenderson

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.