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ISIS Victories in Iraq & Syria, Congressional Debates on Trade & NSA and 2016 Developments

May 22, 2015
Islamic State controls more territory, Congress debates hot-button topics, and Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails
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Defending ISIS Policy, Obama Acknowledges Flaws in Effort So Far

May 22, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory.
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Pentagon: Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi

May 20, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
In the face of a vicious ISIS assault, the Iraqi army ran away, leaving the American plan to beat the terror group in tatters.
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Reporters Press Clinton on $25M Speaker Fees, Emails

May 20, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Democrats and officials in Cedar Falls, Iowa, told Hillary Clinton Tuesday they were pleased to hear she wanted regulatory relief for small banks to boost lending to small businesses.
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ISIL military victory belies rosy U.S. progress reports

May 19, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
U.S. officials are furiously spinning a major setback against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant after the radical group captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday.
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Try, Try Again

May 19, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Republican presidential candidates are having trouble answering hypothetical questions about what they would have done in Iraq. First Jeb Bush stumbled last week when asked, knowing what we know now, if he would have launched the same war his brother did. Then on Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio spent the morning going around the mulberry bush with Fox’s Chris Wallace. Wallace wanted Rubio to explain how he could say the Iraq war wasn’t a mistake because Saddam Hussein was removed from power while also saying that knowing what he knows now he wouldn’t authorize such a war. Rubio’s position: It was not a mistake—and he will never repeat it.
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Marco Rubio’s Foreign Policy, GOP's Evolving Iraq War Stance and #FreeJason

May 15, 2015
Marco Rubio speaks on Foreign Policy, Congress battles to come over the Patriot Act & defense spending and 2016 GOP hopefuls comment on the Iraq War.

Senate Compromises on Trade Bill, Amtrak Crash Renews Infrastructure Debate, Jeb Bush's Iraq Stumble and Obama Meets with Arab Allies

May 15, 2015
Liberal Democrats and President Obama disagree about trade, funding U.S. transportation infrastructure and Jeb Bush distances himself from George W. Bush.
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Some Ask What George W. Bush Would Have Done With Different Iraq Data

May 15, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
So Jeb Bush now says he would not have invaded Iraq if he knew then what he knows today. Neither would Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio. In fact, Mr. Rubio said, “Not only would I not have been in favor of it, President Bush would not have been in favor of it.”
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