1 Sep 2014 04:47 PM EST
Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq
President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. military carried out air strikes on IS militant positions near the town and airdropped humanitarian supplies to the trapped residents there. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.
On Labor Day, Obama Campaigns For Minimum-wage Hike
On Labor Day, Obama campaigns for minimum-wage hike President Obama travels to Milwaukee on Monday for a Labor Day festival where he will tout recent jobs numbers and call on Congress to raise the minimum wage. "The bottom line is, America deserves a raise," Obama said in his weekly radio... Read more
Ferguson's Hard Truth: Obama Hasn't Ended Racial Divide
America’s racial divide not only remains but has deepened in some ways over the last six years, despite hopes President Obama’s election would usher in a “post-racial” America. The shooting of an unarmed black man and resulting rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, is only... Read more
2016 Hopefuls Jockey Even Before Mid-Term Contests
The finish line in November's mid-term elections is just the start of the next race for the White House. The months leading up to the mid-terms offer a clearer window into a 2016 presidential field that has already begun jockeying for position in elections from Nevada to New Hampshire. The cross-country... Read more
Americans Detained in North Korea Call for U.S. Help
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle... Read more
Surly 2014 Electorate Poised to 'Keep the Bums In'
A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With less than 10 weeks... Read more
UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against... More
Venice: Frances McDormand Receives Visionary Award The world's oldest film festival paid tribute to actress Frances McDormand on Monday. The Oscar-winning star of Fargo received the Venice Film... More