News on the go: Sept. 12

Carrie Blazina

White House spokesman Jay Carney tried Wednesday to redirect credit for the outcome of the attempt to secure Syria’s chemical weapons to Russia rather than the United States. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva to work on the Russian proposal to seize and destroy the weapons. The military strike proposal before Congress is on hold.

Following Eliot Spitzer’s loss Tuesday in the primary for New York City comptroller and Anthony Weiner’s loss in the primary for the city’s mayor, the mayoral race might come down to a ballot referendum in the fall. The top Democratic finisher for mayor was Bill de Blasio, and the top Republican finisher was Joe Lhota. De Blasio’s race was close enough that he might not have the required threshold for the nomination after the ballots are recounted.

Florida police say the investigation into the domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife is on hold, and no charges have been filed. That could change if police experts are able to find new evidence on the smashed iPad that recorded the dispute. Analysts are having trouble extracting the video because the device is in such bad shape.

Colorado on Tuesday recalled two state senators in its first successful recall elections ever. Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, both Democrats, were ousted because of their votes on statewide gun restrictions, which incensed voters who said the senators were not listening to their constituents. The senators both said Wednesday the recalls were only symbolic because Democrats still control the state legislature.

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