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President Obama: ‘Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL’

Screen-Shot-2014-09-10-at-9.32.54-PMAt 9:01pm Wednesday evening from the State Room of the White House, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the threat of ISIS.

“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy,” said Obama.

His strategy consists of four parts to combat ISIS: ”conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes,” “increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground,” “draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks,” and “provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced.”

Obama’s remarks came on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and several weeks after the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, which he addressed.

In closing out his 14 minute statement, Obama said, “Our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for –- timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.”

Click on over to this White House for full text of Obama’s statement or watch below via Fox News.


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Chuck Todd’s Debut as ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator

Meet the Press - Season 67 Chuck Todd debuted as the 12th moderator of the nation’s longest running TV program Sunday. For his first “Meet the Press” Todd landed a one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama.

The two discussed several national and international concerns for the U.S., including the threat of ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, and the optics of golfing after his statement on the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, among other topics.

At the start of the interview, Todd asked Obama whether he was preparing to go back to war to combat ISIS, with President Obama announcing a Wednesday speech on his game plan. Read more

VP Biden Offers Passionate Remarks on Beheadings of American Journalists

During a speech on the economy today at the Portsmouth Naval Yard in New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the beheadings of two American journalists by ISIS, Steve Sotloff in a video released yesterday and James Foley two weeks ago.

“As a nation, we’re united, and when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat. We don’t forget,” said Biden, joined by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). ”They should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice. Because hell is where they will reside.”

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Josh Earnest Learns During WH Press Briefing of Reports that Steve Sotloff was Beheaded

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 14.44.15During today’s White House press briefing with Josh Earnest and moments after initial reports that American journalist Steve Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, TIME’s Zeke Miller asked Earnest about the reports or for reaction, which the White House press secretary had yet to learn or see.

“This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said Earnest this afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to trying and rescue Mr. Sotloff.” Read more

Atlantic Media Owner David Bradley Aided Efforts to Free Peter Theo Curtis

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Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis

Chairman and owner of the Atlantic Media David Bradley helped in the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped along the Syrian border in Antakya, Turkey in October 2012.

On Sunday, Al Jazeera America first reported that Curtis was released from captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra to the UN, facilitated by Qatar.

According to a Washington Post, “Bradley said he became involved in the case after meeting a cousin of Curtis’s, Amy Rosen, at a benefit dinner last year in New York. Rosen appealed to him to help find the missing man, and Bradley agreed. Key members of the team he put on the project included his general counsel and a Syrian researcher who could monitor jihadi Web sites and translate Arabic.” Read more

Reporters Without Borders Launches Tribute Page for James Foley

JimFoley304In memory of James Foley, the American photo journalist beheaded this week by ISIS, Reporters Without Borders created a tribute page to serve as a forum where anyone, including colleagues and members of the media, can share memories and leave messages.

“To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.”

In a statement on Foley’s taped murder – that was posted to YouTube on Tuesday by ISIS – President Barack Obama described Foley as ”a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family” and concluded by vowing “we will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”

Visit the tribute page, here.

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.22.14

NATO: Russia firing artillery within Ukraine (The Washington Post). W.H. offers new birth control plan (POLITICO). Police worried missing teen cases may be related (Fox5).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Attorney General Eric Holder on James Foley: ‘People will be held accountable’

Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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Greta Van Susteren to President Obama: ‘Put on a tie’

GretawireFollowing President Barack Obama’s statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS, FOX News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren took to her website Gretawire to call out the president for his attire, which did not include a tie, during his live remarks.

“And by the way, I am all for casual clothes — but he IS the President of the United States and he IS talking about a beheading of an American, not the annual Easter egg roll,” writes Van Susteren. “Put on a tie. All eyes are on the President and he needs to convey the right message on all levels.”

Obama, who’s been semi-vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard since August 9, also received flack on Twitter for not wearing a tie during a Monday press conference on current events in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo.

In Van Susteren’s five line headline, she opined in parenthesis that “this vacation casual is unacceptable in the face of this atrocity.”

Read the full piece, here.

President Obama: ‘The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley’

NBC-James-Foley-300x168President Obama Wednesday afternoon delivered a statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday was confirmed authentic by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Wednesday. In it, Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has written for TIME that was kidnapped in August 2013 is also shown, and threats on his life made.

In remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day…People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” Read more

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