Obama: ISIS doesn’t scare us . . . CNN
With approval in hand to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the ISIS terror group, President Obama said Thursday the plan keeps with “the key principle” of U.S. strategy: No American combat troops on the ground.
Congress approves arming rebels . . . Reuters
The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama’s high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law.
WH struggles to sell long-term strategy . . . The Hill
The Obama administration is struggling to explain its strategy for confronting Islamic State forces, undermining confidence in its ability to vanquish the fast-rising terrorist group.
Rift widens between Obama, military . . . Washington Post
Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.
Tough struggle on ground vs. ISIS . . . New York Times
The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria. Soon begins the next and much harder phase: rolling back their gains in Mosul, Falluja and other populated areas, which will require American advisers to train and coordinate airstrikes with Iraqi forces.
Dems block Cruz anti-ISIS bill . . . Washington Times
Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises.
Onerous ATF rules threat gun shops . . . Washington Times
Retailers burdened by government oversight, regulation under Obama
Obama campaign combats campus assaults.
Michelle’s health kick misses WH press . . . Daily Mail
While soy chips and apple slices have replaced Kit Kat bars and Doritos in hundreds of thousands of vending machines nationwide, the one adjacent to the White House press briefing room has escaped untouched.
Holder’s new race relations effort . . . The Blaze
Attorney General Eric Holder launched a new program Thursday designed to “combat distrust and hostility” between police and the cities and towns they patrol.
Obama campaign combats campus assaults . . . Associated Press
Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students.
No link between Christie, Bridgegate . . . NBC 4 New York
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span.