Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:
-U.S. intelligence has established timeline of Syrian chemical attack, officials say—The Obama administration believes that U.S. intelligence has established how Syrian government forces stored, assembled and launched the chemical weapons allegedly used in last week’s attack outside Damascus, according to U.S. officials. The administration is planning to release evidence, possibly as soon as Thursday, that it will say proves that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears responsibility for what U.S. officials have called an “undeniable” chemical attack that killed hundreds on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, report Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan.
-Imminent U.S. strike on Syria could draw nation into civil war—An imminent U.S. strike on Syrian government targets in response to the alleged gassing of civilians last week has the potential to draw the United States into the country’s civil war, former U.S. officials said Tuesday, warning that history doesn’t bode well for such limited retaliatory interventions, report Ernesto Londoño and Ed O’Keefe.
-In Egypt’s Sinai, rising militancy threatens peacekeeping force—A dramatic rise in militancy and violence in the vast Sinai desert is increasingly threatening a peacekeeping force there that includes nearly 700 U.S. troops acting as guarantors of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, according to Western military officials. Heavily armed locals have blockaded bases and convoys, and, in a few instances, launched attacks against the peacekeepers, raising concerns not only about their safety, but also the long-term stability of their mission, reports Ernesto Londoño.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-50 years after march, Obama aims to define his role in a new front in the fight for equality—Obama’s relationship with the American civil rights movement has been a vexing one, challenging a cool, intellectual president to engage the memories and expectations of pioneers who marched, resisted and, in some cases, died before his birth. On Wednesday, the arc of that relationship will reach from Grant Park to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream 50 years ago, Obama will define a new front in the fight for equality and identify the mounting threats to progress emerging today, reports Scott Wilson.
-Lew: ‘We are not going to be negotiating over the debt limit’—Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Tuesday that President Obama will not negotiate with House Republicans on the debt limit. Lew said Obama will only accept a clean debt limit increase and won’t entertain the idea of spending cuts equal to the debt limit increase, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has demanded — or anything else, reports Aaron Blake.
-GovBeat: Gay marriage legal in New Mexico, sort of—County clerks in New Mexico will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a state judge ruled Monday that the state’s marriage law, which uses gender-neutral terms to define domestic relationships, doesn’t specifically prohibit gay marriage, reports Reid Wilson.
-OPINION by Dana Milbank: Embracing misinformation on Obama—All but the most clueless had to know that Obama, a first-term senator in 2005, was not responsible for the botched storm response that Louisianans experienced up close and personally. It’s a notion so demonstrably false that they wouldn’t have heard anybody arguing for it on Fox News or talk radio. Yet 29 percent of Republican primary voters (the sample size was 274) reflexively endorsed the falsehood. Why?
-Crude oil prices reach 18-month high—Crude oil prices jumped nearly 3 percent to an 18-month high on Tuesday, capping an increase of about 20 percent over the past two months as a result of scattered supply disruptions and rising anxiety about war and political instability in the Middle East. The growing likelihood of a U.S.-led military response to reports of Syrian use of chemical weapons rattled markets, analysts said, reports Steven Mufson.