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CNN Radio News Day: April 25, 2013
Smoke rises after shelling on al-Turkman mountains in the Latakia province, western Syria on April 25, 2013. The White House said that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces on a 'small scale,' but emphasized US spy agencies were still not 100 percent sure of the assessment.
April 25th, 2013
04:42 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 25, 2013

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  • Are we about to see U.S. troops go into Syria? U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backed up today what an Israeli military official said earlier in the week – that chemical weapons were being used inside Syria. If that's the case, has the so-called 'red line' now been crossed? And does that mean a new involvement for the U.S. inside the war-torn country? John Ullyot is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who has spent time in Syria:

"The U.S. is really on the seat now to take action. Because if it doesn't take action, and indeed chemical weapons have been used, then it looses credibility with all sorts of important players in the region going forward."

  • Congress will probably spend much of the next few months tackling the issue of immigration. As a result, immigrants living in the country illegally are trying to wait out the clock. Some are taking extra steps to stay hidden, crossing their fingers they will have legal status soon. Doing things like – no longer using banks, no longer driving and not going out to restaurants and bars. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, says his committee is starting the debate with a few bills out today:

"Past legislative efforts have failed and today we have 11 million people living in the shadows... This issue is not about abstract statistics and concepts but rather about real people with real problems trying to provide a better life for their families."

  • The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. has often been referred to as the "Nation's Attic" – a vast storage place for the nation's mementos. But the Air and Space Museum has a problem. It's running out of room to keep all that stuff that America has produced in its air and space endeavors. Things that can't be thrown away or into the recycle bin. Dr. Peter Jakob is Curator of Aeronautics at The National Air and Space Museum:

“At the end of the Apollo era.. NASA just sort of gave us thousands of objects. You know, everything from space suits to personal equipment, to check lists, to watches... It isn't always obvious what the milestone object is in the history of something."

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