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House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., announces the release of a website titled Benghazi on the Record, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The website, according to Cummings, will collect in one place as much information as possible regarding questions about the attacks in Benghazi. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Democrats launch Benghazi website, ahead of hearing

- The Washington Times

Ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first public hearing Wednesday, Democrats on the committee say they’re launching an online clearinghouse to deal with questions already asked and answered and dispel falsehoods about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack.

** 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.

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.

President Barack Obama salutes as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to the Fort McHenry historic site that is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, and also attended a private Democratic fundraiser. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congress demands Obama act to keep Islamic terrorists out of U.S.

- The Washington Times

While President Obama is focused on getting money to friendly-ish Syrian rebels, Congress is increasingly demanding he take more steps to stop militant fighters from coming to the U.S. by stripping Americans of their passports if they join the fight and by suspending countries that have large contingents of foreign fighters from the Visa Waiver Program.

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In this photo taken with a mobile phone Tuesday, Sept. 16. 2014 in Abuja Nigeria. Unidentified military prosecutors sit in the front row, while soldiers accused of an attack on their commander appear before a court martial in Abuja. Twelve soldiers fighting an Islamic insurgency in northeast Nigeria have been sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer. In a decision read early Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the military tribunal found 12 soldiers guilty and five others innocent. One was sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labor. ( AP Photo)

12 Nigerian troops sentenced to death for mutiny

- Associated Press

Twelve soldiers fighting an Islamic insurgency in northeast Nigeria have been sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer.

Fire burns 40 acres at Wash. base training area

Associated Press

Officials at a Washington state military base near Tacoma say a wildfire that appears to have been started by military training burned about 40 acres of a training area.

Vermont Yankee nuke reducing power production

Associated Press

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has begun a gradual reduction of the electricity that it generates that will end with the plant shutting down in December.

US extremism fight could take cue from Minnesota

- Associated Press

When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.

Former state worker fined for mistreating women

- Associated Press

A former assistant director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife was fined and reprimanded Monday for mistreating women as the Executive Branch Ethics Commission wrapped up a two-year investigation of the agency.

In this Sept. 11, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers raced Monday, Sept. 15, to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

- Associated Press

Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.

US cites state secrets in civil lawsuit over Iran

- Associated Press

Citing state secrets and a threat to national security, the United States government has asked a judge to toss out a defamation lawsuit that a wealthy Greek shipping magnate brought against a nonprofit organization seeking to thwart Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.

Pope meets with Argentine judge in Dirty War probe

Associated Press

Pope Francis has met with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.

US Secretary of State John Kerry  leaves after a family photo at the conference intended to come up with an international strategy against  Islamic State extremists in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski; Pool)

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

- Associated Press

Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, New Jersey Gov., Chris Christie, center, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio leave a press conference following a security meeting, in New York,  Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  Govs. Cuomo, Christie and de Blasio met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and a bi-state group of officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to discuss security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Cuomo, Christie meet to discuss security

Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss ways to secure the region from what they described as a mounting terror threat fueled by Islamic State extremists.