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President Barack Obama during a press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House
President Barack Obama during a press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Journalists criticize Obama White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) -- Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales. As the president plans a speech on the eve of 9/11 to assess the U.S. stance against the Islamic State militants, U.S. officials say the strategy will largely build on the current air strikes and work with the nascent coalition he began to build in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales. As the president plans a speech on the eve of 9/11 to assess the U.S. stance against the Islamic State militants, U.S. officials say the strategy will largely build on the current air strikes and work with the nascent coalition he began to build in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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First U.S. airstrikes in expanded Iraq fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah from  the White House Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, ahead of his address to the nation.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah from the White House Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, ahead of his address to the nation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama’s counter-terror fight vs. ISIS faces high risk

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State group.

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President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)
President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)
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Full text of Obama’s address on Islamic State strategy

Text of President Barack Obama's address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House:

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President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales Sept. 5.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Obama will broaden US effort to combat ISIS militants

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, won't commit U.S. troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and will rely heavily for now on allies to pitch in for what could be an extended campaign.

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President Barack Obama visits Stonehenge after leaving the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama visits Stonehenge after leaving the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama visits Stonehenge after NATO summit

STONEHENGE, England (AP) -- President Barack Obama has crossed one off the bucket list.

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From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and British RAF Group Captain David Bentley.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and British RAF Group Captain David Bentley. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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NATO creates ‘spearhead’ force to deter Russia

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) -- NATO's creation of a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying reflects a cool-eyed calculation that Vladimir Putin and his generals won't risk head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its nuclear-capable Western European allies.

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President Barack Obama is presented with a commemorative coin by American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama is presented with a commemorative coin by American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust.

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President Barack Obama at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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‘Vacation’ over, back to White House for Obama

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- The "vacation" is over and it's back to the White House for President Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Presidential vacation days draw comparisons and criticisms

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

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