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Obama briefs Boehner on Syria

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FILE - In this July 9, 2013, file photo House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, pauses during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pressing President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. Boehner, wrote the president on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in seeking answers as the drumbeat of war grew louder. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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FILE - In this July 9, 2013, file photo House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, pauses during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pressing President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. Boehner, wrote the president on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in seeking answers as the drumbeat of war grew louder. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has briefed House Speaker John Boehner on Syria in a conversation in which the Republican leader pressed the president to make the case to the nation and Congress for military action.

A spokesman for Boehner, Brendan Buck, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the speaker questioned the president about issues he raised in a letter on Wednesday.

Among Boehner's concerns are the legal justification for any military strike, the overall policy and precedent and the objective.

Buck said only Obama can answer those questions, and it was clear that additional conversations, consultation with Congress and communication with the nation were necessary.

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