Arab states willing to join air fight against Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. officials say

(Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters)

The administration pushed its case against the Islamic State as Britain condemned an aid worker’s killing.


A new Washington rat race: Fitbit-wearing power walkers vie for step supremacy

(Heather Reed / Office of Speaker John Boehner)

Officials, lawmakers and staffers from both parties gleefully compete over the number of steps they walk daily.

It doesn’t matter whether we call the mission against ISIS a “war”

Why is the press so obsessed with this question?

Morning Bits

Must-read links to start the day.

Denis McDonough doesn’t do cutsies

The White House chief of staff attends the popular “Portrait of America” exhibit at the Smithsonian.

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House vote on IS today, Dempsey won’t rule out ground troops, Obama in Bush ‘06 polling territory, and Dems out-advertising GOP in key SEN states.