U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria's government.
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The Great Unraveling

Roger Cohen, New York Times
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Kissinger’s Support for Israel Runs Deep

Richard Cohen, RealClearPolitics
At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book -- his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, "World Order" is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in The New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine -- and I praised it to him in an email. A bit later, I did a double-take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait's review is a different matter. What caused me to change my mind? Not Micklethwait's basic admiration of Kissinger (I... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

With appearance in Iowa, Clinton takes a big step toward 2016

INDIANOLA Iowa (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stoked speculation on Sunday that she was moving closer to announcing a bid for the White House in 2016 as she visited the early-voting state of Iowa to take part in the state's annual "steak fry," a gathering of Democratic activists that often attracts presidential hopefuls.

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The 12 Most Competitive Senate Races

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
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Obama, Congress, ISIL: Where Things Stand & What’s Next

Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
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. Pressure for action by the United States, the United Kingdom and other nations mounted Saturday after militants released a video to news media showing a black-masked executioner beheading British aid... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)