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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. say U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are an insufficient military response to Islamic militants there. (AP Photo, File)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. say U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are an insufficient military response to Islamic militants there. (AP Photo, File)
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Lawmakers are divided on US role against Islamic fighters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Islamic militants' growing influence in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both political parties agreed Sunday even as they sharply split on what role the United States should play in trying to crush them.

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Aug. 10, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks as leaders of Congress stand by his desk for a ceremonial signing of the Congressional resolution, also known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.  (AP Photo/John Rous, File)
Aug. 10, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks as leaders of Congress stand by his desk for a ceremonial signing of the Congressional resolution, also known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. (AP Photo/John Rous, File)
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50 years later, fateful Vietnam resolution still resonates

NEW YORK (AP) -- A dubious threat to U.S. interests. A swift vote in Congress for broad presidential war powers in response. A long, costly and bitterly debated war.

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President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Boost for vets’ health: Obama signs new law

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

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(Win McNamee, Getty Images)
(Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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Poll: Growing dissatisfaction with incumbents

Recent polls have indicated that voters hold Congress as a whole in low regard, but are more approving of their local incumbent. Now a new poll finds that dissatisfaction is even being expressed about local Congress members.  

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, discusses immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington June 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, discusses immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Experts: President has broad powers on immigration policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out.

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
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House OKs bill to block Obama deportation relief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that would clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

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President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden  during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six years in - still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress.

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U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Congress faces long to-do list, uncertain success

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

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