The bad news: On September 1, the United Nations said the report would be complete in two or three weeks. Later, it said it didn't know how long it'll take.
The good news: France is pushing for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give Syria 15 days to declare all its chemical weapons, according to Reuters.
Russia has agreed to play middleman to defuse this crisis. Syria says it's on board with Russia's offer, and will turn over its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control. Obama calls this an encouraging sign. But, he warned, "It's too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments."
The bad news: It's unclear whether Russia is serious or stalling. On Tuesday, Russia canceled a U.N. Security Council meeting that it had called, and rejected an initial proposal by France for the framework of a resolution.
The good news: TBD.
The U.S. military will maintain its "current posture to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails," Obama said Tuesday night. This means the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz that's in the Red Sea with destroyer ships nearby will stay put.
The bad news: Russian President Vladimir Putin says that has to change. "You can't really ask Syria, or any other country, to disarm unilaterally while military action against it is being contemplated," Putin said in an interview with a Russian television network.
The good news (according to the United States): Kerry said the looming threat of a strike will prod Syria to play nice. "Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a hanging," he told lawmakers Tuesday.
The bad news (again): A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday found 59% of respondents opposing congressional authorization of military action, while 72% said American strikes would achieve no significant goals.