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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants....

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners
PARIS (AP) -- About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday....

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa....

Obama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama is consulting with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa....

Benghazi select committee holding 1st open hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans launched their special investigation....

Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad
MIAMI (AP) -- Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria....

Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found....

No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget....

No welfare for weed under House bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal....

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday....

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