Senate to vote on Obama plan to fight militants

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The Senate is poised to approve President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels Thursday, capping a brief debate over how to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State organization that sets the stage for broader discussions of U.S. military engagement in the Middle East.

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How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Gingrich holds ‘94 election reunion, calls current GOP politics ‘pathetic’

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Less than 1 percent of voter registration forms turned in by a Georgia group accused of fraud are actually fraudulent

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Senate to vote on Obama plan to fight militants

Senate to vote on Obama plan to fight militants

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in trouble. Her consolation? She’ll likely have a soft landing.

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Guns are 2014’s hottest campaign accessory

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President Obama just lost his one remaining strong suit: fighting terrorism

President Obama just lost his one remaining strong suit: fighting terrorism

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Rand Paul, Chuck Grassley shine a light on NEON

Rand Paul, Chuck Grassley shine a light on NEON

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Jerry Brown’s campaign has $22 million and he hasn’t even aired any ads. If he wanted, this is how much he could buy.

If he wanted to, Brown could air ads in California’s 12 media markets from now until election day.

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Liberals smell better to other liberals than to conservatives

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Why California is so liberal and Alabama  is so conservative

Public opinion explains some but not all of the story.

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President Obama and children spend some time touching each others’ hair

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VA plans to offer salary boost to attract new doctors

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