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International News & Foreign Policy: Sep. 10, 2014

President Obama to give address this evening on dealing with ISIS. Almost two-thirds of respondents in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll believe it is in the interest of the US to confront Islamic State, while only 13% saw no national interest in acting. The poll results, according to the WSJ, “show a remarkable mood swing from a year ago when the public recoiled at the proposal to launch airstrikes in Syria—as well as their implications in an election year.” This evening in a nationally televised address, President Barack Obama will lay out plans to combat Islamic State to an American public that poll results show has grown increasingly hawkish in the wake of the militant group's videotaped beheadings of two US journalists. Administration officials said Obama is ready to authorize airstrikes against the group inside Syria. Congressional leaders, who do not want to explicitly authorize the use of force, are discussing approving $500 million for training for Syrian rebels. Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday he believes he has the authority to act without Congressional approval.

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