CIA triples ISIS estimate: Up to 31,500 . . . AFP
Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.
Experts: Obama will need ground troops . . . Washington Times
Trying to uproot and destroy the Islamic State’s army of terrorists in Iraq without American ground troops, as President Obama promoted Wednesday night, is doomed to failure, national security experts say.
Boehner: F-16 not a strategy . . . The Blaze
“The president’s made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground,” Boehner told reporters. “Well, somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”
House inches toward approval . . . Examiner
The House on Thursday appeared headed toward authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels as part of his overall strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Obama met with Hezbollah backer . . . Free Beacon
President Barack Obama and White House national security adviser Susan Rice met with a delegation of Christian Middle Eastern leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that included at least one Hezbollah-supporting Lebanese cleric.
WH late with security doctrine . . . Examiner
Last November Obama told Congress he would present a new national security strategy in early 2014, a formal document outlining his priorities for the remainder of his time in office.
A quarter million Virginians to lose insurance . . . NBC29
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Foley mom slams government . . . Politico
I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance” to the government, she said.
Biden heads to Iowa . . . Des Moines Register
Vice President Joe Biden will make a splash in Iowa with an “official” White House visit next week, just three days after Hillary Clinton basks in a major media spotlight here.
Class assignment: Compare Bush to Hitler . . . Fox News
A public school teacher in Washington who instructed sixth-graders to compare former President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler has learned her own lesson, according to district officials, but critics wonder why she still has a job.
Palin family involved in brawl . . . Daily Caller
A majority of the Palin family — Sarah, Todd, Bristol, and Track — was allegedly involved in a booze-filled brawl over the weekend in which the former vice presidential candidate reportedly screamed, “Don’t you know who I am?”