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A forensic officer recovers papers from a car parked in front of a raided house in the Guildford area of Sydney on Sept. 18, 2014. (credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister: Australia Thwarts ISIS Plot Where Supporters Planned to Publicly Behead Random Person

Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

09/18/2014

An Islamic State militant stands on the rubble of houses after a Syrian warplane was reported shot down by ISIS forces. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

House Grudgingly Approves Arms For Syrian Rebels

Legislation gives President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels for fight against Islamic State militants.

09/17/2014

Sen. Rand Paul speaks as Sen. John McCain looks on at a news conference on Capitol Hill to introduce a Republican jobs proposal to compete with that put forward by President Obama on Oct. 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

McCain: Rand Paul ‘Has Obviously Been Doing Some Somersaults As These Beheadings Took Place’

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., over his stance on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group, stating that the potential Republican presidential contender has a “fundamental lack of understanding” of the threat they pose.

09/17/2014

Smoke rises from a bomb planted by Islamic State militants after it was detonated near the Iraqi village of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, on Sept. 1, 2014. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS Releases Video Showing Militants Attacking US Troops, Threatening White House

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has released a video showing militants attacking American forces and threatening the White House.

09/17/2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room, on Sept. 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

White House Responds To Dempsey’s Comments: Obama ‘Will Not Deploy Ground Troops In Combat Role’

Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama is consulting with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

09/17/2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a discussion on the American family and cultural values." at Catholic University on July 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio Positioning Himself As Leading Foreign Policy Hawk Among Republicans Considering White House Runs

Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.

09/17/2014

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Obama’s Ebola Response: Is It Enough and In Time?

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

09/16/2014

An increase in the number of people employed year round drove the poverty rate from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, says the Census Bureau. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Poverty Rate Drops For The First Time Since 2006

The Census Bureau found the poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. White House credits job growth for decline.

09/16/2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Jindal: Obama Administration Has Become ‘Science Deniers’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s administration has become “science deniers,” failing to do enough to harness the nation’s energy potential.

09/16/2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Sept. 16, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dempsey: I Will Recommend Using Ground Troops To Combat ISIS If Expanded Military Campaign Fails

The nation’s top military leader told Congress Tuesday that he will recommend President Barack Obama consider using ground troops to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) if the expanded military campaign to the president laid out last week fails.

09/16/2014

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