Biden staging secret fundraisers . . . Politico
Vice President Biden has been crisscrossing the country attending closed-door fundraisers and donor events for Democratic House candidates — but you won’t find many on his schedule.
U.S. begins surveillance over Syria . . . Associated Press
The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Obama gave the OK, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there, U.S. officials said.
WH may bypass Congress on Syria . . . The Hill
The White House on Monday refused to commit to asking for congressional authority for airstrikes if Obama orders strikes against ISIS in Syria.
Dempsey clarifies remarks . . . Fox News
Spokesman for Joint Chiefs chair says Dempsey, who had said ISIS was not yet a threat to the U.S., “believes that ISIS is a regional threat that will soon become a threat to the United States and Europe.”
ISIS an “incredible” force . . . ABC News
“They’re incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations TTPs,” said one U.S. official, who has considerable combat experience, using the military term for “tactics, techniques and procedures.”
Obama sent no one to Foley memorial . . . CNS News
Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS. He did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown.
Police weapons not from military . . . National Journal
The vast majority of the assault rifles, body armor, and armored vehicles seen in Ferguson did not come from the Pentagon. They came from the Ferguson and St. Louis Police Departments’ own budgets.
Obama’s murky foreign policy . . . Politico
Obama has yet to articulate a clear course of action to dismantle ISIS and is struggling to lay out a precise vision to respond to the new threats in chaotic areas of Iraq and Syria where ISIS has thrived in recent months.
The House lawyers up . . . National Journal
House Republicans have enlisted David Rivkin to shepherd their lawsuit against President Obama for alleged executive overreach, hiring one of the originators of the legal theory underpinning their action.
Obama to announce VA reforms . . . Washington Times
Hoping to recover from a scandal of neglect in the veterans’ health care system, Obama will announce a series of executive actions Tuesday aimed at improving government services for veterans.
Cornel West: Obama is “a pimp!” . . . Salon
“He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency,” says the famous left-wing professor.
WH: Obama hasn’t checked out! . . . The Hill
The White House is bristling at suggestions President Obama is disconnected, checked out or out of touch.