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In Congress, path clearing for Obama plan to aid Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State

September 16, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants appeared headed for quick passage on Capitol Hill this week, but congressional leaders have signaled that they will postpone a full debate on the use of military force until after the midterm elections.
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U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

September 16, 2014
Helene Cooper, Michael D. Shear, Denise Grady | The New York Times
Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said.
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Why Costco is going Republican — at least at home

September 16, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
On July 24, President Obama traveled to Medina, a small, wealthy enclave outside Seattle, to attend a fundraiser for a Democratic super PAC at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, one of the Democratic Party’s most reliable donors.
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Obama, Congress, ISIL: Where Things Stand & What's Next

September 15, 2014
Alexis Simendinger, Caitlin Huey-Burns | Real Clear Politics
As Congress heads into what it imagined would be a short two weeks of work during September, lawmakers are now trying to reckon with twin requests from President Obama for their support: He wants their backing for attacks on Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and for training and arming Syrian rebels to become “boots on the ground” against Sunni extremists inside Syria.
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Arab Nations Offer to Fight ISIS From Air

September 15, 2014
David Sanger, Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The Obama administration said Sunday that “several” Arab nations had offered to join in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but any sustained military campaign does not appear imminent, and is likely to require an even more significant commitment from other nations and fighting forces in the region.

Obama's Strategy to Combat ISIS and Immigration Reform Delayed

September 12, 2014
President Obama's Counterterrorism Strategy to Combat ISIS and White House Decision to Delay Immigration Reform
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'All in' moment for a split-the-difference president

September 12, 2014
James Kitfield | National Journal
Rallying the nation to a war against the Islamic State terrorist group in primetime Wednesday night, President Barack Obama sought to project both resolve and reassurance.
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Congressional leaders back Obama plan to arm rebels against Islamic State

September 12, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Robert Costa | The Washington Post
House Republican leaders moved quickly Thursday to broadly support President Obama’s plan for an open-ended campaign to combat the Islamic State — but the mechanics of how they will do so won’t be determined for several days.
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