When you come across a long sentence soldered to another long sentence with as
, put a period after the first sentence. Delete as
. Capitalize the next word and make two sentences. The reader will understand that the second sentence follows the first, because it still follows it. This is a good idea for any sentence, but especially the lede. You don't want the reader to be winded early.
The Senate is shelving for now a resolution to authorize the use of force against Syria, deferring to diplomatic efforts as Secretary of State John F. Kerry prepares for a potentially crucial meeting Thursday with his Russian counterpart in Geneva on a proposal to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons.