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    Kerry: Syrian leader using chlorine weapons

    Top U.S. military leadership has approved a plan to strike ISIS targets inside Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a House panel Thursday.

    Hagel said President Barack Obama was briefed on those plans, approved by Hagel and the chairman of t...

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Ukraine looking beyond photo-op in Washington

Petro Poroshenko addresses Congress

American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military, though whether that support would ever materialize remained in doubt.

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Hillary Clinton's madcap media mob

Hillary Clinton file

If Hillary Clinton decides not to run for president -- and yes, that is still possible -- her return to the media lion's den might be a factor in her thinking..

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Biden: Use of term 'Shylocks' was bad choice

Joe Biden file

Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "Shylock," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words."

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Rob Ford has cancer, to begin chemotherapy

Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford soon will begin chemotherapy to treat a rare and aggressive cancer, a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in the city said Wednesday.

Dr. Zane Cohen said Ford has a malignant liposarcoma, and a second biopsy on his tumor done Monday ...

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Obama: US must back partners against ISIS

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The U.S. is not returning combat troops to Iraq, President Barack Obama insisted again Wednesday, despite the suggestion by his top general that option is something the Pentagon could consider.

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Latest Benghazi committee starts work

House Benghazi Select Committee hearing

Two years after the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, many Republicans still have unanswered questions about security issues related to the incident. But the first hearing of a new special congressional committee investigating the attack got underway Wednesday without the fireworks that have marked the many previous congressional inquiries.

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Hurdle removed for passing ISIS vote

Capitol

For conservatives conflicted over how to vote on a major measure Wednesday that would fund the federal government and authorize the president to arm Syrian rebels, their decision might have gotten a bit easier.

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Why is the U.S. nervous about Scottish vote?

Scotland independence vote

Faced with the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to yourself, and avoid getting dragged into the fray.

The complicating factor in this potential...

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House gives military authority to train, arm Syrian rebels

US Capitol

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

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ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama speech

ISIS flag carrier

The production is slick. The imagery: ominous. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center.

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