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President Barack Obama makes a statement at Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on Aug. 20, 2014. (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Taking Executive Action To Improve Mental Well-Being Of Vets

Three months after a veterans’ health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.

08/26/2014

President Barack Obama makes a statement at Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on Aug. 20, 2014. (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

CBS News: Obama Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria To Monitor ISIS

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in an effort to monitor the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

08/26/2014

File photo of Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Intel Committee Chairman: ISIS ‘One Plane Ticket Away’ From Coming To US

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants are just “one plane ticket” away from coming to the United States.

08/25/2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21, 2014. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Dempsey: I Will Recommend Military Move Directly Against ISIS Once I Determine They Are Direct Threat To Homeland

Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.

08/25/2014

Residents of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, collect aid food on Aug. 22, 2014. (credit: RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP/Getty Images)

Family: Ransom Was Not Paid To Free US Journalist Held Captive By Al Qaeda-Linked Group In Syria

As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

08/25/2014

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference on Aug. 25, 2014 in the Syrian capital Damascus. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria: We Would Welcome US Airstrikes Against ISIS Only If They Notify Us

A top Syrian official says his country would allow the United States to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants only if President Bashar Assad’s government is notified first.

08/25/2014

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia walk off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 24, 2014 upon their return from their annual summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard.       (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Back at White House After Summer ‘Vacation’

The “vacation” is over and it’s back to the White House for President Barack Obama.

08/24/2014

Several Republicans have called on President Barack Obama to show “presidential leadership” and lay out a strategy to defeat ISIS in the wake of the videotaped beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant Islamic group.
 (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Demand Obama Form A Strategy To Defeat ISIS

Several Republicans have called on President Obama to lay out a strategy to defeat ISIS in the wake of the videotaped beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant Islamic group.

08/24/2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his former running mate Rep. Paul Ryan take the stage at the Union League Club of Chicago on Aug. 21, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. (credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

‘Third Time’s The Charm': Ryan Would ‘Love To See’ Romney Run Again

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP’s former nominee at one point that the “third time’s the charm.”

08/22/2014

The Reuters-IPSOS Poll released on Tuesday follows the brutal Islamic State video released last week depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. But 62 percent of the U.S. adults surveyed said that governments should continue to reject ransom negotiations with terrorist groups regardless of similar threats from kidnappings and executions.   (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Hostage: Islamist Group Was ‘Collecting’ American Journalists

An American journalist who was held captive for 210 days by extremist Syrian rebels says the Islamist group was “collecting us.”

08/22/2014

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