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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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The Democrats’ Dick Cheney

February 9, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter has an expertise in doomsday scenarios akin to Dick Cheney’s.
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Should the U.S. beef up military support to Ukraine?

February 5, 2015
With the reigniting of the war in Ukraine, Western leaders are battling over how to help end the conflict. Should the U.S. send arms to fight Russian-backed rebels? Gwen Ifill hears opposing views from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.
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Obama’s Pentagon Pick Is Already At Odds With The White House

February 5, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
One minute, the incoming Defense Secretary floats the idea of arming Ukraine to stop Putin. The next, that idea is being shot down from the White House podium.
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Defense Secretary Nominee Looks to Send Senate Panel Strong Message

February 4, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday asserted himself as an advocate of forceful yet prudent use of American power overseas when he faced a newly Republican-controlled Armed Services Committee that includes some of President Obama’s fiercest critics on American foreign policy.
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