Boehner Questions Obama’s Commitment to Defeating ISIL

Adam O'Neal, RealClearPolitics
A day after the House approved President Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, Speaker John Boehner questioned if the president’s goal “truly” is to destroy ISIL and criticized him for lacking a specific plan to defeat the terrorist organization. “If [destroying ISIL] truly is, in fact, the mission, I don’t see the overarching strategy that’s going to allow us to accomplish that,” asserted Boehner. “But I am still waiting to see the bigger picture of how we win this war, how we destroy ISIL. I’ve not seen it yet.” He... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same.
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For the Love of Scotland

E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Scotland's referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the Yes side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday's result close, but it's also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom.I know all of this because I would be one of those swing voters.My affection for Scottish nationalism came to life 40 years... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Hillary’s Dilemma

Hillary Clinton is increasingly facing the same kind of problem as bedeviled former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey in his failed 1968 race for the presidency. Both she and Humphrey wrestled with how to put distance between themselves and an unpopular president, particularly as he sank deeper and deeper into an increasingly difficult foreign war.

Each sought to take advantage of their experience in the race for the White House while trying to articulate differences with the president on the policy they helped to formulate. In each case, the president -- despite declining poll ratings among the general electorate -- still retained formidable resources as the leader of his party....

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A Rough Month in America for Women

Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too. Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways -- ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch. September opened with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's unsuccessful attempt to swat away felony charges by making his wife take the entire rap for rampant corruption. The governor's lawyers... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Biden triggers 2016 speculation with Iowa visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the 2016 Democratic presidential competition there is Hillary Clinton and everyone else, all powerful politicians who could make a credible run should she decide not to seek the presidency.
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