New air strikes in Syria, Iraq part of war plan

New air strikes in Syria, Iraq part of war plan

As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama’s more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next week, officials say. In Syria, U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets and air defense threats […]

Chemical reform bill not likely from Senate

Chemical reform bill not likely from Senate

Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who […]

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush’s administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones armed with […]

Obama’s ever-changing message on 9/11

Obama’s ever-changing message on 9/11

Five times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at different points stressing themes of service, resilience, tolerance, reconciliation. This year, with the threat of the […]

Adding guns for teachers in Missouri schools

Adding guns for teachers in Missouri schools

Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun rights over the objection of the Democratic governor. The new law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed […]

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