House votes to arm Syrian rebels . . . Reuters
The House of Representatives approved President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need.
How Obama won a rare victory . . .The Hill
Obama was able to buck some of his strongest allies on the left, rally support from some of his strongest opponents on the right, and cobble together a bipartisan majority that easily granted his request for the authority he’d requested.
Obama to meet with Poroshenko . . . Associated Press
In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine’s fledgling government, Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.
IRS chief: Lerner emails not backed up . . . The Blaze
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday dismissed recent press reports saying that the lost emails of former IRS employee Lois Lerner might still be recoverable.
Obama tweets against Scotland leaving . . . Examiner
“We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner.”
State hid embassy peril . . . Washington Times
Weeks before the State Department said things were operating “normally” at its consulate in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, procurement officials warned that millions of dollars were needed for the “rapidly deteriorating” security situation.
Benghazi panel kicks off gently . . . Washington Times
The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s much-anticipated first public hearing Wednesday produced few partisan fireworks, as members of both parties grilled a top State Department official about improvements to embassy security after the attack.
Left blasts Clinton in secret emails . . . The Hill
Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.