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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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President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police.

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President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Possible immigration rift for Obama with some Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets a customer during a book signing of her new book "Hard Choices" at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. July 29.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets a customer during a book signing of her new book "Hard Choices" at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. July 29. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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Clinton, Obama attending Martha’s Vineyard party amid 2016 positioning

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama will spend a bit of his summer vacation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a get-together that comes amid signs that the former secretary of state is seeking to distance herself from Obama's foreign policy ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.

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President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from his vacation residence in Chilmark, Mass. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from his vacation residence in Chilmark, Mass. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as ‘step forward’

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government.

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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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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

 

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

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FULL TEXT: President Obama’s statement on airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama's statement Thursday night on authorizing U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists, as provided by the White House:

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