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Obama Requests War Powers, Ceasefire Begins in Ukraine, Homeland Security Funding Fight, and Ups & Downs in 2016 Race

February 13, 2015
Obama wants Congress to approve fight against ISIS and a European-backed ceasefire in Ukraine.
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Congress Shows a Lack of Enthusiasm for Giving Obama War Powers to Fight ISIS

February 13, 2015
Peter Baker, Ashley Parker | The New York Times
Ever since President Obama ordered American warplanes to begin bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria last year, members of Congress have insisted on having a say in the matter. The president, they declared, could not, or at least should not, take the country back to war without the input of the nation’s elected representatives.
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Cybersecurity Focus of Obama Summit in Tech Capital

February 13, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Americans are increasingly alarmed by the international criminals, malicious hackers, cyberwarriors and spies who make off with electronic data moving through cyberspace and stored where break-ins happen in silent code.
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Obama’s Dual View of War Power Seeks Limits and Leeway

February 12, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In seeking authorization for his six-month-old military campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group, President Obama on Wednesday did something that few if any of his predecessors have done: He asked Congress to restrict the ability of the commander in chief to wage war against an overseas enemy.
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U.S. Won’t Investigate ISIS Hostage’s Death

February 12, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
U.S. officials confirmed that the 26-year-old American aid worker is deceased but say there’s no evidence a Jordanian airstrike killed her, as the terrorists claim—and the Pentagon won’t look into how she died.
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2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

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October 11, 2002
As President Obama asks Congress for authority to fight the Islamic State, we look back at the 2002 authorization for military force in Iraq.
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Obama to seek three-year war authority against ISIL

February 11, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
The White House will seek authority for the use of military force to combat Islamic State extremists without an "enduring offensive combat" role for U.S. troops and with a three-year sunset date.
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If talks on Ukraine fail, Obama would consider sending arms, he says

February 10, 2015
Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey | Los Angeles Times
President Obama acknowledged Monday that he is considering arming Ukraine’s military if a diplomatic push fails to yield a cease-fire with Russia-backed separatists, but he sounded skeptical that sending weapons would defuse the conflict that has killed more than 5,000 people.
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Obama to seek use of force against ISIS

February 10, 2015
John Harwood | CNBC
According to Reuters President Obama is expected to ask congress by Wednesday to use force against ISIS, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
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