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Friction Increasing Between White House, Israel

WHITE HOUSE— The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the Congress next week. National security adviser Susan Rice’s remarks on the subject Tuesday on the "Charlie Rose" interview show, the strongest yet from the administration, have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. “On both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Rice said. At issue…
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SITE: IS Says US Hostage Killed in Jordanian Strike

Islamic State militants claim a Jordanian airstrike has killed an American aid worker the insurgent group has been holding, the SITE intelligence group reported Friday. The White House said it could not confirm the claim. "We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports," said Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, in a statement. "We have not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL's claim." State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department has acknowledged there are Americans being held overseas, including by the Islamic State, but said she could not get into any…
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President Obama cancels political trip to deal with Ebola threat

WASHINGTON - President Obama abruptly canceled a political trip to New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday to remain in Washington to meet with members of his Cabinet about the Ebola threat. The change came as a second health worker in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Obama was supposed to headline an event in Union, to raise money for Senate Democrats, and campaign in Bridgeport, Conn., on behalf of Gov. Daniel Molloy. The cancellation of the trip follows criticism that the health care system in the is not adequately prepared to deal with Ebola patients. The change in plans also…
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US Opens Door to Ground Troops in Iraq

The top military officer is leaving open the possibility that American ground troops could be deployed to Iraq to fight Islamic State militants. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told a congressional panel Tuesday if he concludes military advisers need to accompany Iraqi fighters into battle against the insurgents, he would ask President Barack Obama for approval. "If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraq troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I'll recommend that to the president," he said. Meanwhile, the president met Tuesday at the White House with General John Allen,…
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Obama Plans Prime Time Speech on Islamic State Threat

President Barack Obama is planning a prime time television speech Wednesday about his plan to combat the advance of Islamic State militants in the Mideast. The White House said the president will discuss the threat posed by the insurgents and his plan for "degrading and ultimately destroying" the Islamic State. Obama met Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry about his military options, including whether to expand airstrikes on the insurgents' strongholds from Iraq to Syria.  The president has already ruled out the use of American ground troops. Growing public support Public opinion surveys have shown growing support in the…
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Obama Orders Review of Deportation Practices

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the practices of deportation in the country to see if the application of the Immigration Act can be "more humane", informed the White House. The President met Thursday with leaders of the Group of the Congressional Hispanic to discuss efforts to revise the immigration system. Obama told the congressmen that he has asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to submit an inventory of current practices to analyze how it can apply the law in a more humane way. According to the White House, Obama told lawmakers he is concerned for…
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