Airstrikes help Kurds reclaim land . . . Washington Times
Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes expelled Islamic State fighters from two northern Iraqi towns, but the developments did little to appease Obama critics who say he lacks a coherent long-term strategy for beating back Isis.
U.S. sending arms to Kurds . . . Associated Press
The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday.
Obama’s Iraq tightrope . . . Politico
President Obama has made two promises: The United States would help save thousands of refugees on a mountainside, and no U.S. ground troops would return to Iraq. Keeping both is going to be difficult.
Pollsters: Mood under Obama surly . . . Newsmax
Americans aren’t happy about their politicians, the future, the economy, and just about everything else, according to the nation’s pollsters, who say there is very little the public still believes in.
Diplomatic staff leaves Irbil, Baghdad . . . Newsmax
The United States has evacuated “a limited number” of staff members from the consulate in Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil and the embassy in Baghdad, the State Department said.
EPA chief: teach global warming in school . . . National Journal
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wants schools to include climate science in their curricula.
Obama opens rift with Greens . . . The Hill
President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling, a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration’s efforts to reduce global warming.
Republican Senate takeover more assured . . . Washington Post
A race by race analysis showing why things look good for the GOP.
Why Hillary speaks out against Obama . . . Politico
Hillary Clinton has taken her furthest, most public step away yet from President Barack Obama, rejecting the core of his self-described foreign policy doctrine and describing his decision against backing Syrian rebels early on as a “failure.”