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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, listens to remarks while addressing the media after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 21, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congress sets dramatic September votes on Iran nuclear deal

- The Washington Times

GOP leaders in the House and Senate both said Tuesday they will hold votes in September on resolutions to disapprove of President Obama’s Iran nuclear program deal, setting up a dramatic showdown that will test the White House’s ability to keep its allies on board in the face of stiff political pressure.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

More U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any year since 9/11: report

- The Washington Times

There have been more U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, according to a “Terror Threat Snapshot” report released Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who asserts that U.S. officials must “do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source.”

In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, file photo photo, specialists work at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

CISA showdown: Senate leaders look toward last-minute cyber vote

- The Washington Times

Leadership in the Senate from both sides of the aisle are gunning to get a controversial cybersecurity proposal up for a vote before the start of summer recess, but concerns from lawmakers and tech experts alike may delay attempts to pass the proposal until Congress convenes again in September.

A deadly attack on a Tunisian beach was just one of three from Europe to the Middle East on June 26 after an Islamic State call to violence. Some attacks by far-flung affiliates have targeted Westerners, while others are aimed at Shiite Muslims living in Sunni-majority nations. (Associated Press)

Islamic State attacks beyond Syria, Iraq prompt U.S. concern

- The Washington Times

A surge in attacks claimed by Islamic State fighters in nations beyond Syria and Iraq is prompting concern among U.S. intelligence officials, who say the pattern fits into the extremist group’s ambition to grow a network of affiliates, or “provinces,” from North Africa to Asia.

Jamal Abdel-Majeed Abdulkareem, acting director of Baghdad libraries and archives, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Baghdad National Library in Iraq in this Tuesday, July 28, 2015, file photo. The Islamic State militants "want history to reflect their own views instead of the way it actually happened," Abdulkareem said. "So when an area is liberated, we send them books to replenish whatever was stolen or destroyed, but also, so that Iraqis in this area have access to these materials so they can always feel proud of their rich history." (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes its national library

- Associated Press

The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace.

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Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, left, Ben Carson, third from left, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum and Jeb Bush speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. Second from left is Saint Anselm College president Steven DiSalvo. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Despite rhetoric, border security less urgent in 2015

- Associated Press

In the weeks leading up to Thursday's first debate of the 2016 presidential race, Republican candidates have sought to distinguish themselves from each other - and President Barack Obama - with ever-tougher positions on border security and illegal immigration, claiming current measures are failing.