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Punch in the nose to the bully: That’s how one analyst put it after the U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. Perhaps the most surprising part was who joined the United States: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar – all Arab countries. We know that the attacks decimated several ISIS facilities, but we don’t know the exact extent of the damages. One activist in the city of Raqqa, which bore the brunt of the attacks, said ISIS fighters have stepped up patrols. “I would dance in the streets, but I am too afraid,” he said.


Front and center: The U.N. General Assembly gets going today, and the first item on its long list of issues to tackle? Climate change. Expect an address from President Obama on the topic – and a chance for him to shift the conversation away from ISIS or Ebola or other national security matters. Obama will ask world leaders to come up with a plan to avert an environmental disaster. Time is ticking.



800 rounds: That’s how many rounds of ammunition cops found in Omar Gonzalez’ car after they caught the Iraq War veteran who had hopped a White House fence and sprinted past the north portico doors. They also found two hatchets and a machete in his car. His family says he suffers from PTSD. The incident prompted the Secret Service to beef up presence at the President’s residence.

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