|Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent|
|Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy|
President Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly - if at all. Republicans are generally reluctant to vote for Obama's policy initiatives. If Congress were to be asked to approve extended military action or funding, it would probably be at a politically sensitive time just weeks before the Nov. 4 congressional elections in which Republicans hope to gain seats.
|Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria|
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq — but other potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls laid off as they wowed the crowd at an influential conservative gathering.
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|Obama's tan suit buzzed around the world|
|Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group|
|US military mission in Iraq costs $7.5 million a day|
The US military's bombing raids and other operations in Iraq cost about $7.5 million a day, the Pentagon said Friday. Since Islamic State (IS) militants seized territory in northern and western Iraq in June, President Barack Obama has deployed about 865 US troops to Iraq to bolster security for American diplomats and advise Baghdad government forces fighting the extremists. Both manned and unmanned US aircraft have flown surveillance flights to track IS jihadists and since August 8, American warplanes have carried out more than 100 air strikes against the militants -- most of them around the strategic Mosul dam in the north. The price tag of the US military mission dating back to mid-June has "averaged $7.5 million a day," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.
|Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter|
|Judge Dismisses Chris McDaniel's Runoff Challenge|
A Mississippi judge has dismissed Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel's lawsuit challenging the June 24 runoff results in state primary, in which he lost to Sen. Thad Cochran. Special Judge Hollis McGehee argued McDaniel was too late to file his complaint, 41 days after the election, when the state law required it to be filed within 20 days. But McDaniel's team had previously contested the notion, saying no such deadline exists.
|At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home|
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