The central parts of Damascus feel more like a city at war than they did a year ago but physically the place is still almost untouched, finds the BBC's Middle East editor.
The Education Secretary explains his "heated" response to last week's parliamentary defeat on Syria.
Defence secretary says parliament could look again at the issue if circumstances "change very significantly".
Both leaders have a shared political interest in avoiding the party splits that a new vote on military action would cause.
As dismaying as it may be to interventionists, both parties have decided that the wisest political choice is to move on.
"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.
In passing the decision on Syria strikes on to Congress, the President has decided it's better to look like a coward than a hypocrite.
Labour leader argues that next week's G20 meeting in Russia is the time to advance the cause of peace in Syria.
This isn't about Syria. This is, for better or worse, about us - on the left and on the right.
Votes such as last night's are no longer mere rubber stamps but a binding convention that can change the foreign policy of a government.