President Obama said Wednesday he is prepared to order airstrikes on Syrian territory as part of an expanded counter-terrorism plan to confront the Islamic State jihadist group that is operating in both Syria and Iraq.
Obama, who began ordering airstrikes in Iraq last month, also told a national television audience he is urging Congress to approve money for training rebel forces in Syria.
"I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq," Obama said while discussing plans for expanded airstrikes.
The president's counter-terrorism strategy also includes: more airstrikes in Iraq; the deployment of 475 more U.S. military troops to assist the Iraq military, bringing the total number of American advisers to some 1,600; help from other countries; and an emphasis on having local ground forces battle the insurgent group that is also known as ISIL or ISIS.
"America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat," Obama said.
The president did not specif [...]
Was Melissa McCarthy really refused by several of the top designers?
Melissa McCarthy has stirred up a backlash against fashion designers after revealing in a new interview that several top labels turned the plus-sized actress down for the 2012 Academy Awards – but TheWrap has learned that at least one was eager to work with the comedy star.
“Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers–very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people–and they all said no,” McCarthy said in the July issue of Redbook.
Or is she just experiencing the same problems every plus sized woman has while shopping for clothes?
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Melissa crashes in on Ellen
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: I have prejudices; everyone does
By Steve Almasy, CNN May 23, 2014 -- Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT)
(CNN) -- Mark Cuban is known for making pointed statements. Usually they are directed at the NBA brass or referees. Or contestants on the TV show "Shark Tank."
On Wednesday, he made a few remarks about bigotry that in light of the Donald Sterling scandal caused a bit of an uproar.
"In an interview with Inc. magazine at a business conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire entrepreneur talked about his own bigotry. "If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street," he said. "And if on that side of the street, there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face -- white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere -- I'm walking back to the other side of the street."
Cuban Makes Bold Comments On Race
In an interview with Inc. Magazine, Mavericks owner Mark [...]
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