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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vote on war against ISIS? Don't be silly

Vote on war against ISIS? Don't be silly


Vote on war against ISIS? Don't be silly

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:59 AM PDT

We all understand that the closer Congress gets to an election, the more risk-averse it becomes. Members just want to get re-elected and aren't looking to take any chances. That's why lame-duck, post-election sessions are sadly often the most productive: Once members feel safe (or are even on their way out of office), they can actually do some real work.

Joint Chiefs chairman says he'd be open to U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:58 AM PDT

President Obama has said there would be no "boots on the ground" in the fight to stamp out ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he would recommend sending military advisers, already deployed to Iraq, into combat if necessary.

Senator: Ebola as serious as ISIS

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:58 AM PDT

While the Obama administration prepares immediate and long-term plans to attack ISIS, Sen. Lamar Alexander warned Tuesday that the deadly Ebola outbreak must be taken "as seriously as we take the threat of ISIS."

Dempsey says he'd be open to U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:51 AM PDT

President Obama has said there would be no "boots on the ground" in the fight to stamp out ISIS , but the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says he would recommend sending military advisers, already deployed to Iraq, into combat if necessary.

Protester: 'Shame on you, Sen. McCain!"

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 07:59 AM PDT

A protester interrupts Senator John McCain during a Senate hearing on ISIS.

House leaders lobby wavering members ahead of ISIS vote

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 12:39 PM PDT

A day before the House votes on whether to give President Barack Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS, leaders of both political parties are working the phones and buttonholing members to secure support for the measure.

Manchin willing to shut down government over Syria war vote

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 07:20 AM PDT

As the pounding of war drums intensifies against ISIS and its advances in Iraq and Syria, at least one senator is voicing opposition to plans to arm Syrian rebels and says he's willing to shut down the government over it.

Borger: Vote on war against ISIS? Don't be silly

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 05:08 AM PDT

Gloria Borger says each party has reasons to avoid a war vote -- and they're all about the midterm elections

Why is the U.S. nervous about Scottish independence vote?

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 12:58 PM PDT

When it comes to the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to yourself, and avoid getting dragged into the fray.

Poll: One in four Americans worry about getting Ebola

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 02:32 PM PDT

While President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States "are extremely low," roughly one in four Americans are worried that they or someone in their family will become a victim of the virus, according to a new CNN survey.

Ebola commitment could grow to 3,000 as Obama sizes things up

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 04:54 AM PDT

President Barack Obama embarks on a two-day U.S. road trip Tuesday to asses and amplify his government's response to two unconnected overseas emergencies -- the Ebola outbreak in Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Senator: Ebola as serious as ISIS

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:46 AM PDT

While the Obama administration prepares immediate and long-term plans to attack ISIS, Sen. Lamar Alexander warned Tuesday that the deadly Ebola outbreak must be taken "as seriously as we take the threat of ISIS."

Clinton acknowledges what we all knew

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 05:04 AM PDT

On officially running for president, Hillary Clinton says in Iowa: "I'm thinking about it." CNN's Briana Keilar reports.

Bizarre end to bizarre story

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 05:10 AM PDT

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports on Rep. Mark Sanford, who ended his engagement through a lengthy Facebook post.

Pleated shorts and a cup-o-joe: Early morning with John Boehner

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:04 AM PDT

Before spending the rest of his day in a suit and tie, House Speaker John Boehner wakes up early, jumps into a pair of pleated khaki shorts and heads out for a morning stroll.

Jindal blows off low CNN poll numbers

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 10:46 AM PDT

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible 2016 White House contender, said Tuesday that he would not be dissuaded by recent CNN poll numbers showing him trailing badly among New Hampshire Republicans.

McConnell hits back against Grimes' skeet shooting ad

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 11:12 AM PDT

One day after Alison Lundergan Grimes flaunted her skeet-shooting skills in a new political ad, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign pushed back saying Grimes is a lot more like President Barack Obama than the Democrat tries to portray.

CNN sees successful anti-ISIS operation

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 02:52 PM PDT

The Islamist militant group ISIS said Tuesday it has shot down a Syrian military fighter jet.

Obama to announce troops, funds to fight Ebola

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 01:12 PM PDT

Countless taxis filled with families worried they've become infected with Ebola crisscross Monrovia in search of help.

Can a tea party favorite win a swing state?

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 09:57 AM PDT

In Iowa's pivotal Senate race, Democrats are trying to turn attention away from Republican's compelling persona.

War against ISIS: What does Rand Paul's 'yes' mean?

Posted: 15 Sep 2014 06:44 PM PDT

Sen. Rand Paul said "yes" to the question of whether he'd vote in favor of going to war with ISIS. But there are parts of the President's plan that he disagrees with and has said he'd oppose.

With new ad, Democrats try to paint Scott Brown as Mitt Romney

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 03:19 AM PDT

A new political ad against Republican Scott Brown could easily have been an attack ad against Mitt Romney in 2012.

Castellanos: When it's smart to say no to candidate debates

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 04:43 AM PDT

Alex Castellanos asks: Should an incumbent get in the ring with a hopelessly outmatched competitor?

Inside the White House kitchen

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 12:17 PM PDT

The woman who feeds the president explains why the White House chef is like a "baseball coach."

Is it OK to hunt while pregnant?

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 11:21 AM PDT

The course of events that led me from a promise never to be one of those women who wrote about her pregnancy to writing this column is a little circuitous, involving a wedding in Jackson Hole, an ill-timed bris and a dove hunt in Eastern Maryland. Obviously.

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