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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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Obama's ISIL Strategy to Emphasize Coalition Effort

September 10, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
On the eve of another 9/11 anniversary, Barack Obama will tell Americans in a prime time address Wednesday that the United States is back in the business of battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.
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Obama’s Islamic State strategy relies on allies with own reputations for brutality

September 10, 2014
Hannah Alam | McClatchy Newspapers
Whatever strategy President Barack Obama lays out Wednesday to combat the Islamic State is sure to rely heavily on buy-in from rival Muslim powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran – one a Sunni Muslim kingdom with its own grim penchant for beheadings and the other a Shiite pariah state that’s executed thousands of dissidents.
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Vacation barbs the least of Obama's issues as he returns to DC

August 26, 2014
John Harwood | CNBC
The bad news for President Barack Obama, as he returns to work in Washington on Monday after a two-week vacation, is all around—armed conflict in Europe and the Middle East, unhappy voters and declining influence at home.
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Loss for Democrats in Midterm Elections Could Be Boon for Clinton

August 22, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
President Obama’s international woes give his former secretary of state good reason to seek political distance. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent foreign policy criticisms made that clear.
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Shared Vision, Varying Styles

August 20, 2014
Peter Baker, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times
The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his left hand, clearly doing the talking. The other sat back in his chair, two fingers pressed to his temple as he listened intently.
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Why Obama can’t go there

August 20, 2014
Todd Purdum | Politico
It’s a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency: The first African-American to run the country finds himself in the tensest racial confrontation of his tenure but is constrained from addressing the nation’s original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms.
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President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown

August 19, 2014
Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey | Tribune Newspapers
As they watched police in military gear spread tear gas in a St. Louis suburb in recent days, White House aides knew President Obama would be expected to weigh in on race.
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