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Tune in at 8:45 p.m. ET for live coverage of President Obama’s speech to lay out his plan for “degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group” known as the Islamic State, anchored by Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and featuring Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, National Political Columnist Matt Bai and Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. The president’s legacy-defining address will begin at 9 p.m. ET and is expected to run about 15 minutes.
Obama is expected to deliver a progress report of sorts on the more than 150 U.S. airstrikes against IS — which has left a trail of carnage as it pushed out of Syria and across Iraq — since early August, a campaign that has checked the group’s fearsome advance into Kurdish territory and toward Baghdad.
He will also detail his efforts to rally a coalition of Western and Muslim nations behind military action against IS, as well as his proposals for shoring up Syrian rebels from factions less extreme than IS but as dedicated to strongman Bashar Assad’s ouster.
The escalation puts the president elected to pull America from its painful overseas military entanglements, notably the Iraq War, in the position of plunging the United States into a new Middle East conflict that could outlast his presidency and cost untold amounts of American blood and treasure.
Facing a war-weary public broadly opposed to his call for even limited airstrikes, and a divided Congress not at all eager to risk the political price of giving him the authority to go to war, Obama defended his plan to bomb Bashar Assad’s forces in response to the Syrian strongman’s alleged use of chemical weapons. And then he dramatically turned away from military action in favor of diplomacy.
Exactly one year ago, President Obama delivered a prime-time speech to defend his Syria policy. The president will now stride to the same spot in the White House to deliver another 15-minute speech, this time bracing Americans for the escalating conflict with Islamic State militants.
Obama is expected to announce that he is poised to escalate America’s campaign against brutal guerrillas from IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) in Iraq, and may strike the group’s strongholds in Syria.
SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked to me about her 35 page Hobby Lobby dissent. Watch the full interview here.
I had a great time talking to SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Hobby Lobby, her retirement and women’s rights. Watch the full interview tomorrow on Yahoo News. Plus, tune in to ABC World News tonight at 6:30 pm for a sneak peek of our interview!
President Obama hung out with a robot named ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) in Japan today. Watch the full video at Yahoo News. (Photos via Reuters and the AP.)
From Mad Men to #sonofabarkeep to one of the longest standing ovations in modern history, here are the buzziest moments of Obama’s State of the Union address: http://yhoo.it/1nhi04H
The most repeated words in the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech 2014.
The most repeated words in Obama’s State of the Union speech 2014.
The photographer who captured the selfie at the Mandela memorial says the press is creating something that wasn’t there. “Photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.” http://yhoo.it/1gpk0Gk