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Congress didn't authorize war, but we're in one now in Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and allies started punching at Islamic State militants on Monday with airstrikes in Syria, days after Congress agreed to equip and train Syrian rebel forces and during the week when global leaders meet at the United Nations.

Obama guidance, schedule, Sept. 22, 2014 — Jack Lew, Colin Powell

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday, with Vice President Joe Biden, meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The president also hosts Colin and Alma Powell when he signs the America's Promise Summit Declaration, "which calls on Americans to help the youth of America reach their full potential," according to the White House. Former General Powell is the founding chairman of the alliance and Alma Powell is the board chairman.

5 things to know about the Obama library, museum

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum — whether located on the South or West side of Chicago, Manhattan or Honolulu — must be a place that “nurtures thinkers, artists, activists and change agents” and “creates a space for investigation and experimentation.”

Obama guidance, press schedule Sept. 19, 2014 Campus sex assaults

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Friday, along with Vice President Joe Biden launch "“It’s On Us” campaign, a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities, change the culture on our campuses, and better engage men in this effort," according to the White House. Later, Obama speaks to the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum, a fundraising group, at a hotel here.

In 2002, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. On Thursday, Durbin he voted for a measure to train and equip “appropriately vetted” Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Why Durbin voted yes on funding Syrian rebels

Updated...WASHINGTON — On Oct. 11, 2002, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. That was a vote that has defined Durbin ever since. “. . . I remember my thinking on that October night 2002 that we should hold back, not get involved in Iraq. And I think I was right. I think history proved me right,” Durbin said. Durbin was explaining why he would be voting for a measure to train and equip Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group.

Obama guidance, press schedule for Sept. 18, 2014 — Poroshenko

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomes new ambassadors to the U.S., meets with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and later headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at a hotel not far from the White House.

 

Michelle Obama: Malia is driving

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, "just started driving."