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Rep. Michael Grimm, who repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and declined to resign, now finds himself leading former Democratic councilman Domenic Recchia. (Associated Press)

Indicted Rep. Michael Grimm leading Democratic challenger

- The Washington Times

Once left for dead by many on Capitol Hill amid looming federal charges, embattled Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, is running neck-and-neck with his Democratic challenger in a bid for a third term amid a fusillade of attacks by national Democrats looking to flip the seat.

President Obama will be the eco-president when he addresses the U.N. climate summit, but he will reprise his commander role 24 hours later when he gives an address before the U.N. Security Council. (Associated Press)

Obama shifts from war hawk to green guy

- The Washington Times

Issue du jour? Piece of cake. Two weeks after he stepped before the nation as the hawkish protector of the homeland, President Obama now greets a global audience as the wonkish protector of the planet, showcased Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit. The role will surely please his progressive and liberal fans who chafe at the idea that a president must be a commander in chief and green guy all at once. Mr. Obama was not the only one to go through a transformation this week, however. Secretary of State John Kerry also switched rhetorical gears, from talk of terrorism to climate matters.

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Elliot Crown of New York parades in a costume called "Fossil Fool." The goal of signing a climate deal could better be facilitated more by strategic negotiations rather than distracting protest marches. (Associated Press)

Wall Street sit-in planned on climate crisis

- Associated Press

One day after a huge climate march in New York City, activists on Monday planned to flood Wall Street to protest what they say is corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis.

This Sept. 21, 2009, photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jerry Murphy)

Accused White House intruder to appear in court

- Associated Press

The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court.

President Barack Obama listens to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

Associated Press

There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama.

FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FIFA ethics judge hesitates on World Cup

- Associated Press

For Qatar or Russia to be stripped of the World Cup, a key person in the legal chain needs to make use of the powers available to him.

Assistant patrol agent in charge Lee Allbee, right, talks about the aerostat used by Border Patrol to look for smugglers and illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley,  Friday Sept. 5, 2014 at Penitas, Texas.  Since last November, the Border Patrol has stationed five surveillance sky cameras in the Rio Grande Valley area _ one in Penitas, two near Rio Grande City and two near Falfurrias, said agency spokesman Joe Gutierrez Jr.  (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)  MAGS OUT; TV OUT

More Border Patrol balloons expected in future?

- Associated Press

Near the banks of the Rio Grande, U.S. Border Patrol agents monitor a tethered balloon that carries a camera that can zoom in on a license plate miles away.