Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.

Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy

U.S. President Obama answers questions ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonPresident 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.



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Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Americans for Prosperity gathering Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Dallas. Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are bashing what they call the president's lack of leadership in response to the violent militant group attacking cities in Iraq. Both are among four top Republicans considering 2016 White House bids addressing the conservative summit in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)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.



Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

Demonstrators are arrested outside the White House in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during a rally calling for President Barack Obama to stop deportations of migrants in the country illegally and to make a decision on how to provide relief for immigrant families. U.S. Park Police said 145 people were arrested. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.



Obama's tan suit buzzed around the world

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama smiles as he takes questions about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. Obama's summer fashion choice, not unprecedented among presidents - himself included - was the talk of social media, Thursday. Other presidents who have taken on tan include Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Quick! What exactly did President Barack Obama say from the White House briefing room about Syria, Iraq and Ukraine while dressed in the tan suit buzzed 'round the world?



Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office towards the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, as he travels to Westchester County, N.Y., and Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's one reason Congress is broken and it's because the Republican Party is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical group.



US military mission in Iraq costs $7.5 million a day

An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 15, 2014 in the GulfThe 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

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president will meet with his top advisers and consult members of Congress to prepare U.S. military options. At the same time, he is looking for allies around the world to help the U.S. root out the Islamic State group that has seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.



Judge Dismisses Chris McDaniel's Runoff Challenge

Judge Dismisses Chris McDaniel's Runoff ChallengeA 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

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.



Couple Fined For Refusing To Host Gay Wedding Shuts Down Venue
A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs. Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze. ”Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” he said. New Jersey couple Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin took the Giffords to court when they refused to host their 2012 wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm, where the Giffords host about a dozen weddings a year.

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