Obama to OK airstrikes in Syria . . . Associated Press
In his address to the nation, President Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.
Obama to Congress: I don’t need approval . . . Examiner
Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against ISIS, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan.
Justice stonewalling internal watchdog . . . Daily Caller
The head investigator charged with overseeing the Department of Justice testified Tuesday that various government agencies have repeatedly stymied his investigation efforts, and have done so in direct violation of federal law.
Breitbart says it was targeted by IRS . . . Fox News
The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
ISSA: DOJ tried to coordinate with Dems . . . Daily Caller
A press official at the Department of Justice attempted to coordinate the leak of documents concerning the IRS targeting scandal with Democratic staffers, but accidentally called the wrong office.
Dems join GOP on Bergdal vote . . . The Blaze
The House voted Tuesday to condemn the Obama administration for swapping five Taliban soldiers for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress enough notice, and approved the measure with the help of 22 Democrats.
Benghazi Committee ready for prime time . . . The Hill
The rising threat from Islamic extremists has set the stage for Republicans to make a splash with the launch of their Benghazi investigation next week.
Poll: Public backs GOP on immigration . . . Newsmax
The survey found that 35 percent of Americans believe the Republican Party is better positioned to address immigration, as against 27 percent who think Democrats would do a better job.
Obama politicizing policies . . . National Journal
On foreign policy and immigration, the president has prioritized short-term politics over sound policy. And it’s costing him badly in his final years in office.
Clinton sits out the issues . . . Washington Times
With no obvious, viable threat to her party’s nomination, Mrs. Clinton is able to straddle the fence on any number of controversial topics with little consequence, analysts say.
Lawmaker seeks end to bake sale ban . . . The Blaze
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) proposed legislation Tuesday that would strike down a federal rule that puts limits on the sale of baked goods, sweets and other non-healthy foods during the school day to raise money for sports, band and other activities.