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Senate Backs ISIS Bill, but Some Big Names Balk

Rand Paul, Elizabeth Warren in the 'no' camp

(Newser) - The Senate today followed the lead of the House and passed a spending bill that gives President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS. The measure passed easily, 78-22, but the Hill notes that some potential presidential candidates were in the "no"... More »

Obama: I Repeat, No 'Ground War in Iraq'

But critics are worried the slope is getting slippery

(Newser) - A day after a top US general raised the possibility of US ground troops in the fight against ISIS, President Obama reiterated the promise he's been making of late: "I will not commit you, and the rest of our armed forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,... More »

ISIS Threatens US Troops— via Video 'Trailer'

Terror group channels Hollywood in 52-second clip

(Newser) - ISIS has released a new video, apparently threatening to kill ground troops should the US deploy them—and it looks a lot like a movie preview, the New York Times reports. Amid slow motion, quick cuts, and music clips, the 52-second video (which YouTube has taken down), apparently titled "... More »

US Ebola Contribution: 3K Military, $750M

'Significant' response will train hundreds of health workers, build hospitals

(Newser) - As part of his promised "scaled-up response" to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama is expected to announce during a visit to the CDC today that the US will be sending 3,000 military personnel in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the... More »

Acts 'Lost in the Fog' of Vietnam Honored

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Bennie G. Adkins, late Donald P. Sloat

(Newser) - President Barack Obama honored the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops, bestowing the Medal of Honor on them in a White House ceremony today. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who attended the ceremony, and Army Spc. Donald P.... More »

US Military to Join Ebola Offensive

Outbreak kills 4th doctor in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - The US military is set to join the battle against an enemy other than ISIS: the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. President Obama is expected to outline what officials describe as a "scaled-up" response to the outbreak this week, reports the Wall Street Journal , which... More »

117 Colleges Now Have Military Equipment: Report

Including grenade launchers, armored vehicles

(Newser) - It's not just municipal police forces that have obtained military-style weaponry through a federal program: Modified grenade launchers and M-16 rifles are on college campuses, too, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The publication finds that 117 colleges have received equipment thanks to a federal system called the 1033... More »

How Obama's ISIS Speech Went Over

Mixed reaction to plan to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' terror group

(Newser) - President Obama laid the foundation last night for his strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, citing possible expanded airstrikes from Iraq into Syria and explaining how these efforts would be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "If you threaten America, you will find no safe... More »

Obama: I Won't Hesitate to Hit ISIS in Syria

President says US-led coalition will go after militants 'wherever they exist'

(Newser) - In a prime-time address tonight, President Obama laid out the US strategy to "degrade" and "destroy" ISIS, and he made clear that he's ready to expand US airstrikes from Iraq into Syria . The president says a US-led coalition will go after militants from the Islamic State "... More »

Majority of Americans Want to Hit ISIS

Obama poised for speech as poll shows Americans fear new attack

(Newser) - Some six in 10 Americans say they would support a strike against ISIS, as President Obama appears to be moving toward such a hit . The figure comes from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that also finds Americans feeling unsafe: Some 47% of the country now feels the US is... More »

Obama: I Can Hit ISIS Without Congressional OK

President appears ready to approve airstrikes in Syria: Washington Post

(Newser) - President Obama will lay out his plan to cripple the Islamic State tomorrow night, and the Washington Post reports that he looks poised to order airstrikes in Syria. That controversial action probably won't come right away, but Obama has met with foreign policy experts and believes he is within... More »

Sotloffs: Steven Sold to ISIS by Other Rebels

Spokesman says family's relationship with White House is 'very strained'

(Newser) - A family spokesman for the family of Steven Sotloff appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 last night and revealed that the location of the journalist had been sold to ISIS by "so-called moderate rebels," leading to Sotloff's capture, CNN reports. "Somebody at the [Syrian] border crossing made... More »

Cruz on ISIS: Obama Should 'Take Them Out'

GOP has lots of advice, even Feinstein says action 'overdue'

(Newser) - With President Obama's speech outlining his ISIS "game plan" coming Wednesday, there was no shortage of opinion today on the talk shows about what he should do. "What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out," Ted Cruz told ABC... More »

Obama: We Will 'Hunt' ISIS 'Wherever They Are'

Plans policy address on Wednesday

(Newser) - President Obama will address the nation on Wednesday, outlining the threat posed by the Islamic State and his plans for dealing with it on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11. While pledging to "hunt down" militants "wherever they are," Obama tells Chuck Todd in an... More »

Guess Who Went to Stonehenge?

President Obama just happened to be in the neighborhood

(Newser) - "Knocked it off the bucket list," said President Obama, referring to his visit to Stonehenge yesterday. "How cool is this?" he remarked while being led on a tour of the ancient stones tucked into the rolling green English landscape about 80 miles southwest of London. Obama carved... More »

Obama Delays Immigration Action Until After Election

President initially pledged to move by end of summer

(Newser) - Dropping his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election... More »

Obama Lines Up 9 Allies Against ISIS

But next step is to get more Arab nations on board

(Newser) - After taking grief for saying the US lacks a strategy in the fight against the Islamic State, President Obama sought to fix that yesterday by lining up nine nations at the NATO summit in a new coalition. The other nine are Britain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and... More »

On Deck at NATO Summit: ISIS, Ukraine

World leaders will also discuss the current mission in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A NATO summit today in Wales originally meant to focus on the ongoing Ukraine crisis will shift gears to include high-level discussions on the American- and British-led push to address ISIS, reports the New York Times . President Obama and British PM David Cameron penned a joint letter in the Times ... More »

Sotloff Execution Video Is Real: US

'We will not be intimidated,' Obama says

(Newser) - The US has confirmed the authenticity of an ISIS video featuring journalist Steven Sotloff's beheading , with President Obama asserting that the recent executions only "stiffen our resolve" against the militant group. After intelligence officials analyzed the clip, Obama discussed it today in Estonia, the New York Times reports.... More »

Feds Question Man After Alleged Obama Threat

They locate vehicle in Connecticut after alert; no charges so far

(Newser) - With President Obama visiting Rhode Island yesterday evening, the Secret Service issued alerts to police in Connecticut in New York to be on the lookout for someone headed their way in a blue Jetta who might be out to harm the president, reports NECN . State police in Connecticut located the... More »

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