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Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

U.S. President Obama addresses reporters ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:41:57 -0400
Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

U.S. President Obama answers questions ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms. Asked whether he would delay his decision on immigration changes, Obama talked about the time his administration has invested on apprehending migrant children, nearly 63,000 of whom have come across the southwestern border since October 2013. "Some of these things do affect timelines, and we're just going to be working through as systematically as possible in order to get this done," Obama said.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:47:02 -0400
Florida Democrats rally around Charlie Crist for governor

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist waves after meeting supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in MiamiFlorida Democrats launched a "unity tour" on Thursday to close ranks around Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of the state who is running as the Democratic candidate in this year's election. Crist shared hugs and a kiss with the opponent that he resoundingly defeated in Tuesday's primaries, former state legislator Nan Rich, who introduced him as "the man who will lead the Democratic ticket to victory in November." "This kind of unity doesn't ordinarily happen in the Democratic Party. Well, its a new day," Crist said at an event in Orlando. Crist is running against Republican Governor Rick Scott, who easily cruised to primary victory Calling themselves the "people's team," the tour made stops in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, where Crist was joined on stage by a bevy of big-name Democrats, including Democratic National Committee chairDebbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida SenatorBill Nelson and Crist's running mate, Annette Taddeo, among others. Wasserman Schultz tweeted enthusiastically: "Floridians can agree that there's only one candidate for Gov that shares their interest and that's @CharlieCrist!" For Crist, who governed Florida as a Republican from 2007 to 2011 and now wants the job back under a different party label, the display was designed to quell any lingering doubts about whether he would be embraced by Democrats.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:09:53 -0400
California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in enhanced oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier, thicker crude to the surface. Water also comes to the surface during oil drilling, but it is unclear how much of that "produced water" is reused by the oil companies for new production because there are currently no reporting requirements, something the bill seeks to address. The public has the right to know about the oil industrys use of limited fresh water supplies, said Senator Fran Pavley, the bills author.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:18:46 -0400
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expresses extreme degree of skepticism about expanding strikes on ISIL to Syria

U.S. Senator Chris MurphySen. Chris Murphy says he would be very unlikely to support expanding Americas military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:32:56 -0400
Obama on ISIL: We dont have a strategy yet

President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Declaring we dont have a strategy yet, President Obama poured cold water Thursday on talk that he was poised to order imminent U.S. military strikes on ISIL fighters in Syria.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:43:08 -0400
Obamas Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's presidency.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:49:16 -0400
Former Iowa Republican official admits to taking payment for support of Ron Pauls presidential bid

In this Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013, after investigator Mark Weinhardts report concluded Sorenson likely broke ethics rules in receiving $7,500 in monthly income from Rep. Michelle Bachmanns, R-Minn., political action committee and presidential campaign in exchange for working as Bachmanns state chair in 2011. The state senator received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Pauls presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to support Paul, and eventually received $73,000 in payments that may be linked to Pauls campaign, the independent investigator has found. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)An Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to concealing payments from Pauls campaign in exchange for his support.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:49:54 -0400
On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew in tiny Moldova

The world may not be ready for another crisis on Ukraines borders, but one may be brewing this time on the west, in the obscure Moldovan province of Transnistria, occupying about 1,600 square miles between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian frontier.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:10 -0400
President Obama Says 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' to Fight ISIS

President Obama Says 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' to Fight ISISObama Sending Kerry to Region to Build Anti-ISIS Coalition

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:01:43 -0400
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