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architects: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey remain in the process of continuing to shape Obama administration activities to rout the Islamic State terrorist group. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pentagon open to U.S. ground troops in fight against Islamic State

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon’s top general opened the door Tuesday to the possibility that U.S. combat troops would be needed in Iraq, as he publicly laid out President Obama’s still-developing plans to combat Islamic State insurgents through U.S. air power and relying on an as-yet-unformed coalition of Muslim and Arab allies.

Federal study: Uninsured rate down 2 points from 2013

- The Washington Times

The percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance in the first three months of this year is down 2 points from the same period last year, according to a federal study released Tuesday that fueled Democrats’ claims that Obamacare is working.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald apologized to veterans who waited too long for care, and said the department is looking now at the "appropriateness" of notifying those whose family members' cases were reviewed by the report. (Associated Press)

Doctor, VA watchdog set to clash at Hill panel hearing

- The Washington Times

The doctor who helped expose the VA health care scandal will tell Congress on Wednesday that patients did indeed die because they were stuck on secret waiting lists, and will accuse the department’s inspector general of trying to cover up the problem.

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DC leaders preparing to rewrite gun laws

- Associated Press

District of Columbia leaders are preparing to rewrite the city's gun laws to address a judge's ruling that struck down a ban on carrying handguns outside the home in the nation's capital.

Baltimore mayor announces report on immigrants

Associated Press

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will release a new report prepared by the New Americans Task Force on the economic impact of immigrants living in the city.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. troops in Iraq to rise to 1,600

- The Washington Times

There will be 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq by the time President Obama's current plans are fully in place — but none of those are considered combat troops, which means the U.S. is not officially reengaged in the war there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises Republicans in August

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) continued to outpace its Republican counterpart in fundraising in August, hauling in $7.7 million as both sides prepare to unload their resources during the final stretch of campaigning ahead of Election Day.

** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Joe Manchin: No on arming rebels

- The Washington Times

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III West Virginia said he's not on board with President Obama's request to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels as part of the plan to combat the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

SLED chief: Keep agents' access to death records

- Associated Press

South Carolina's top cop asked legislators Tuesday to ensure that agents who investigate child deaths continue to have access to records like autopsy reports and birth certificates, saying he hopes a recent court ruling won't change that.

Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race

- Associated Press

A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving and an oddly placed reference to Moses.