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Yemen May Not Offer Best Model For Obama's ISIS Plan

Gregory Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda and America's War in Arabia, tells Robert Siegel that President Obama chose a flawed model when he compared the effort to defeat ISIS to U.S. attacks against suspected terrorists in Yemen.
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Obama's Plan: The Pros And Cons

The president has opted for an open-ended air campaign to fight the Islamic State. A look at what it will take to make the plan work and the risks that could cause it to fail.
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Maryland Casinos Raise Money, Questions

With the August opening of the Baltimore Horseshoe Casino and plans to open an MGM resort in 2016, Maryland is doubling down on legalized gambling. Amid promises of new revenue and concerns over saturation, Kojo explores Maryland's new industry.

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Fijian Peacekeepers Released By Syrian Nusra Front Rebels

The 45 U.N. troops were taken hostage last month on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.
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UNESCO Director Concerned About New School Year In Iraq

Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO in Paris, calls for international help to protect Iraq's schoolchildren as they return to school.
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Sagging Pants And The Long History Of 'Dangerous' Street Fashion

For adults, "sagging" has long been a marker of slovenliness or something more sinister. But the style might just be the latest iteration of fashion freighted with some old anxieties.
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Opinion Pages Offer Support On Plan To Combat Islamic State

Editorials in major U.S. dailies signaled cautious backing of President Obama's plan to broaden an American-led offensive against the insurgency.
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Mideast Region Reacts To Obama's Speech With Skepticism

In a prime-time speech Wednesday, President Obama said the U.S. plans to "take out" the Islamic State "wherever they exist." Signaling a broadening of the American offensive so far.
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Transcript: President Obama On How U.S. Will Address Islamic State

The president delivered a prime-time televised address to the American people on his efforts to go after the group in Iraq and Syria.
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ISIS Convenient For Assad's Narrative On Civil War

Syrian President Bashar Assad is in the fourth year of a civil war against ISIS and other rebel groups. But some say he's let ISIS flourish so it can overwhelm more moderate, Western-backed rebels.

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