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Sen. Rand Paul warns against interventionism in Middle East

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the United States cannot be the world’s police and is warning against listening to the “interventionists” in both parties, as he argues that their approach to the Middle East has “never been good foreign policy” because it is founded in the idea of “shooting first and asking questions later.”

Obama mum on Islamic State strategy

- The Washington Times

White House aides insisted Wednesday that President Obama has a goal of defeating the Islamic State militant group and accused Republican critics of playing politics with national security, as Mr. Obama passed another day weighing airstrikes in Syria against Islamist terrorists.

Virginia-based National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee billboards in Des Moines, Iowa, and Baltimore urge the retired pediatric neurosurgeon to make a bid for the White House in 2016.

Ben Carson wins presidential straw poll, wows ‘em in Iowa

- The Washington Times

Well, there you go. Dr. Ben Carson had a heartland victory with a “whopping” 62 percent of the vote in a presidential straw poll conducted at the Polk County Republican Party Dinner on Sunday night, which took place in Des Moines but drew attendees from as far away as Minneapolis, who were anxious to yell “Run, Ben, Run” and witness the good doctor’s stirring speech.

Dueling West Coast gun control initiatives

The Washington Times

Can big donations shore up shoddy gun control state legislation? No, insists Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a 650,000-member grass-roots organization based in Washington state.

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In this Aug. 25, 2014 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)

Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

- Associated Press

The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

- Associated Press

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

- Associated Press

With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.

Viers due in federal court for arraignment

Associated Press

A former South Carolina House member is scheduled to be in court for a hearing on charges he helped a businessman hide assets from an insurance company and lied to IRS agents.

Charges dismissed for gun rights advocate

Associated Press

A Nashville judge has dismissed charges for a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, left, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, after the bill they co-authored, along with Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, that will allow courts to issue temporary "gun violence restraint order" was approved by the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The bill, AB1014, was drafted in response to the mass shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara last May, will allow law enforcement and immediate family members to seek a restraining order removing fire arms for 21 days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate passes gun restraining order

- Associated Press

Motivated to act after a deadly rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, state lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow judges to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Perry is visiting South Carolina for both politics and football in the first state in the south to vote in the presidential primaries. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

- Associated Press

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.

Democratic candidate for governor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, gestures during a debate as opponent Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley, left, looks on, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Norwich, Conn.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Jobs, guns dominate Connecticut governor debate

- Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican businessman Tom Foley officially kicked off their gubernatorial rematch with a feisty debate on Wednesday night, clashing over guns and who is best equipped to grow jobs and improve Connecticut's economy.