White House background on Obama speech

As President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday night, vowing to wage systematic campaign of air strikes against Islamic State terrorists in both Iraq and Syria, the White House made clear this campaign would be about much more than just a military campaign.

“In concert with our coalition partners, the …

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New data manipulation charges leveled against VA

Lawmakers on a House committee will hear new charges from inside the VA about data manipulation, this time from a whistleblower at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, who is publicly accusing top officials of fudging dates to make it look like veterans were not waiting as long for the disposition …

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Congress grapples with next move on Islamic State

As lawmakers in the Congress returned to Capitol Hill from a five week break, members of both parties said it was time to deal with the threat of Islamic State militants, by voting to authorize U.S. military action.

“ISIS is the issue now,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who argued …

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Congress returns for a few weeks

After a five week summer break, lawmakers in the Congress return to session on Monday with little chance of getting much substantive legislative work done in the next few weeks, before scampering back home to campaign for the November elections.

Instead of rushing to finish work on the budget for …

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50 Senators back delay in Postal Service cuts

In a reminder of how difficult it has been for the Congress to agree on the best way to reform the workings of the Postal Service, a bipartisan group that now covers half of the U.S. Senate has publicly expressed opposition to plans to shut down up to 82 mail …

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No imminent Islamic State threat seen in US

While a top counter terrorism official said the U.S. has no credible evidence that Islamic State militants are planning some kind of attack on the U.S. homeland, intelligence agencies are closely watching for Americans who might have gone to the Middle East, and then could then return home at some …

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More U.S. soldiers to Iraq to defend embassy in Baghdad

The White House announced on Tuesday evening that President Obama had approved a State Department request to have the Pentagon send more military personnel to Iraq, in order to defend the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad, the largest American diplomatic facility in the world.

The extra 350 military personnel would …

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Ukraine overshadows Obama trip to Europe

As President Obama leaves on Tuesday for the Baltics, the U.S. and Europe continue to focus on more economic sanctions combined with diplomatic efforts as the preferred way to try to convince Russian leader Vladimir Putin to halt what has been a slow motion invasion of areas in the east …

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Obama: No strategy yet on IS strikes in Syria

Knocking down the idea of imminent air strikes against Islamic State rebels operating from Syria, President Obama on Thursday made clear he is not ready to expand U.S. military action in Iraq.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the President told reporters in the White House …

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Record breaking cool

From record heat to record lows. We broke the record low by hitting 64 at 6:55am.  

A pedestrian hit and killed on Riverside Avenue this morning.  It closed the road for several hours, affecting the morning routines at the Haskell Company and YMCA.

A cross-county crime spree with speeds in …

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