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President Obama's request for congressional authorization to help Syrian rebels fight Islamic State militants has thrown a wrench into what was supposed to have been a quiet two weeks on Capitol Hill.
Gregory Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda and America's War in Arabia, tells Robert Siegel that President Obama chose a flawed model when he compared the effort to defeat ISIS to U.S. attacks against suspected terrorists in Yemen.
Former FBI director Robert Mueller III will lead the investigation into how the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Many have criticized the league for not acquiring an elevator security video made public this week by the website TMZ. In it, Rice throws a punch that left his then-fiance unconscious.
The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.
Audie Cornish talks to BBC reporter Audrey Brown about the Oscar Pistorius trial. On Thursday, a South African judge said the former Olympian is not guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, but said he was negligent in her shooting. Pistorius could still be convicted of culpable homicide.
GOP Gov. Sam Brownback is losing support from his own party because his tax-cutting agenda contributed to the state's budget problem. Moderate Republicans are turning to the Democratic opponent.