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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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Shields and Brooks on the president’s speech

September 11, 2014
In a prime-time address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama tried to rally Americans to fight the Islamic State militant group operating out of Iraq and Syria. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff get reaction from David Brooks and Mark Shields.
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A President in Prime-Time Command After 2 Years of Frustration

September 11, 2014
Michael Scherer | TIME
The central message of Wednesday night’s prime-time reveal of a new U.S. war in the Middle East came a few minutes in. President Barack Obama squared to the camera, slowed his delivery and filled each syllable with all the gravity he had. “I know many Americans are concerned about these threats,” he said, pausing briefly between sentences. “Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve.”
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New Military Campaign Extends a Legacy of War

September 11, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In ordering a sustained military campaign against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, President Obama on Wednesday night effectively set a new course for the remainder of his presidency and may have ensured that he would pass his successor a volatile and incomplete war, much as his predecessor left one for him.
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The Midterm Electorate Is Anxious and Unsettled

September 11, 2014
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
Less than two months before the midterm elections, American voters are frightened and unsettled by conditions in the U.S. and around the world. They crave stability, distrust politicians, and have little faith that changing control of Congress would accomplish anything. And while few are pleased with President Obama's leadership, they don't see the November elections primarily as a referendum on it.
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Obama announces ‘broad coalition’ to fight Islamic State extremist group

September 11, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
President Obama on Wednesday night outlined an open-ended campaign to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State, significantly expanding the counter­terrorism strategy that has been a hallmark of his presidency.
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Senators debate the president’s power to launch fight against the Islamic State

September 10, 2014
President Obama has consulted key lawmakers on his strategy against the Islamic State group and polls show the American public supports action. But the president has not sought formal congressional approval for an expanded military campaign. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join Gwen Ifill to offer their views on the possible mission against the militant group.
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