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Sep 21, 2014

Selling Mitch McConnell: What’s love got to do with it?

PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) – Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem.

While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career.

Sep 18, 2014

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorise the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on
Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions
remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they
say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of
support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy”
Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and
Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a
caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

As U.S. lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama’s own party for his stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass Congress by the end of this week despite some members’ reservations.

House Republican leaders unveiled the authorization on Monday as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill Congress must pass this month, after Obama asked lawmakers to approve the training as part of his broader plan to stop the Sunni Islamists who have taken over swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama asks Congress to approve aid to rebels in fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to authorize aid for rebel groups fighting in Syria, a move that would put lawmakers on record backing his strategy to defeat Islamic State militants.

The request by the president came on the eve of a speech laying out his plan for the United States to lead a broad coalition against the militants who have taken large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Sep 10, 2014

Bill to fund U.S. government ensnared in debate about Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has
asked the U.S. Congress to authorize American aid for rebel
groups fighting the Islamic State militants in Syria as part of
a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a U.S. government
shutdown on Oct. 1, the start of a new fiscal year.

Obama’s request has slowed action on the emergency spending
bill, delaying a vote in the House of Representatives that had
been planned for Thursday.

Sep 9, 2014

Though facing deportation by U.S., kids learn to ‘pledge allegiance’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants to promptly send them home to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, but until they are shipped out children caught entering the United States illegally are getting an old-fashioned dose of American patriotism.

A group of U.S. senators who recently visited hundreds of the detained children in Texas, not far from the U.S. border with Mexico, watched Spanish-speaking kids having the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the “Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem, drilled into them in a government-run classroom.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants -report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government tax collections would get a multi-billion-dollar boost if President Barack Obama issued an executive order giving temporary legal status to millions of undocumented residents, the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress said in a report on Thursday.

The group, which has close ties to the Obama administration, estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years under one scenario available to Obama, who has made immigration reform a priority of his second term.

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