House approves Obama’s Syria plan

(James Borchuck / AP)

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of Islamic State even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for success.

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