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As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

The so-called Islamic State captured two strategic cities recently: Ramadi, Iraq, and Palmyra, Syria. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins about the U.S. strategy toward ISIS.
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Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.
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Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
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The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones

Government gravestones for veterans usually have an "emblem of belief." This can be a cross, a Jewish star or a Muslim star and crescent. It can also be a Wiccan pentacle or the hammer of Thor.
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Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.
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Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.
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State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.
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Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

President Obama says the U.S. is not losing the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq, but his strategy has come under criticism after the fall of Ramadi.
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Some Clinton Emails Were Retroactively Classified

The State Department released the first batch of 296 emails from the former secretary of state's private email account. Some were classified at the request of the FBI after the fact.
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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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