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Can U.S. target ISIS without helping Assad?

The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria, the first step in what could become airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists there. One of the challenges will be how to target the extremists without doing so in a way that benefits President Bashar al-Assad.

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ISIS: ‘Jayvee' in January, the big leagues today

Confused about how threatening ISIS really is to the U.S.? It’s not surprising. Since the Islamic terrorist group came on the U.S. radar earlier this year, the organization has been called many things, from wannabe varsity players to a “cancer.” As ISIS (the Islamic State) continues to prove its growing might in the Middle East the question is, did Obama make a tactical decision to downplay the group’s strength, or was he just plain wrong because of bad intelligence reports?

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Campus carry movement makes strides

Grassroots group looks to legislatures to make it easier for students to bring weapons to college and they are having some success, despite opposition from universities and faculty.

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Key player in '96 welfare overhaul defies label

Labels are important in Washington. They provide context to help you understand someone’s perspective. They make it easier for journalists to get the quotes they want, though even in this highly partisan era some people don’t fit neatly into a box. Ron Haskins is not easily labeled.

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