Obama weighs options to combat Islamic State

Obama speaks out against Islamic State militants. (AP)

A mandate from Congress could provide justification for the unlimited use of force against the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria. The new authorization is one of several alternatives under review as the White House grapples with whether and how to try to militarily defeat the Sunni Muslim group, which controls a wide swath of territory between Damascus and Baghdad.

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Texas governor visits the state that ended up driving him from 2012 presidential race.

Florida judge approves redrawn congressional maps

Midterm elections will proceed on Nov. 4 using existing maps, despite previous ruling on unconstitutionality.

Civil rights groups sue to bar expedited family deportations

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What’s the worst piece of campaign swag ever? We have 6 nominees.

The best of the worst.

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Rick Perry’s Super PAC is selling shirts with his mugshot on it

“Wanted for securing the border and defeating Democrats.“

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Md. cuts CareFirst rate requests for health exchange

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Barack Obama vs. George W. Bush -- in charts!

And some animations. And a slider tool. Pulling out all the stops.

Lawmakers, activists fight for police oversight in St. Louis

Lawmakers, activists fight for police oversight in St. Louis

Battle for accountability has been defeated before; new policy would set tone for area, supporters say.

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Tying your Republican primary opponent to Obama is all the rage in Arizona

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Harry Reid: Asian Americans 'productive,' but not smarter than others

Harry Reid: Asian Americans 'productive,' but not smarter than others

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Arizona’s schools superintendent wants $1 million from feds for teaching undocumented kids

Arizona’s schools superintendent wants $1 million from feds for teaching undocumented kids

“The possible influx of additional immigrants will put an added financial burden on our local school districts.“

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New Election Lab forecast gives GOP a 63% chance of taking the Senate

New Election Lab forecast gives GOP a 63% chance of taking the Senate

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The GAO says the Bergdahl swap was illegal. In the past, that hasn’t resulted in much.

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What happened in Ferguson could be happening anywhere. But it was more likely in Missouri.

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The missive comes a week after the Washington Post reported that some patent examiners repeatedly lied about their hours.

Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

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Non-white representation on America’s city councils

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Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

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GAO: Guantanamo transfer for Bowe Bergdahl violated laws

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