Obama: No strategy on ISIS . . . Associated Press
President Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.
GOP: He never had a strategy . . . Newsmax
Republicans slammed Obama’s admission Thursday that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for battling ISIS, saying it confirmed a longstanding problem with his foreign policy.
WH does damage control . . . The Hill
Obama was referring only “to military options for striking” Islamist militants in Syria when he said the White House did not “have a strategy yet,” press secretary Josh Earnest insisted Thursday.
U.S. ISIS fighters allowed to return . . . Free Beacon
Americans who have travelled to foreign countries to train and fight with terror groups such as ISIS are not being barred from freely returning to America, where they post a substantial terror threat.
FBI threat list excludes Islamists . . . Free Beacon
Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists.
WH spoiling for immigration fight . . . National Journal
Obama seems determined to push ahead, despite the fears of some Democrats.
DOJ to give leftists cut of settlement . . . Judicial Watch
The Department of Justice keeps giving radical leftist groups that support Obama huge amounts of cash collected from big banks to settle discrimination and mortgage abuse lawsuits filed by the government.
Samantha Power lectures Russia . . . National Journal
“Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict,” Power said.
Clinton breaks Ferguson silence . . . The Hill
“We don’t want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that,” she said at a technology conference in San Francisco.
Carville: Romney will run . . . Newsmax
Democratic strategist James Carville believes two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney will go for a third try in 2016, even though the 2012 GOP nominee has said he won’t seek the nation’s top office again.
Cruz hires feed buzz . . . Politico
Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.
Is Harry Reid done? . . . Politico
Questions about the 74-year-old’s health, his recent move to be closer to his children and grandchildren and uncertainty about the Democratic majority in the Senate lead some to speculate that Reid will retire rather than face a challenge in 2016.