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AP Top Political News At 6:18 p.m. EDT

Obama gets boost for coalition-building efforts
NEW YORK (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes in Syria has shifted the tenor of his three-day diplomatic mission at the United Nations, allowing him to use the unexpected cooperation to mobilize reluctant other nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants....

Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists....

Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing security breach, a federal law enforcement said Tuesday....

Details of the mission against militants in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets and an al-Qaida group in Syria. Some facts about the military action:...

Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self."...

FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky....

Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks as legal grounding for its overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate inside Syria....

Hillary Clinton highlights gender as 2016 looms
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign emphasized her experience, competence and preparation to become president. Her 2016 pitch could be simpler: She'd be the first female president....

At Clinton confab, Obama praises role of citizens
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama says ordinary citizens will often have a more lasting impact on their community than their presidents and prime ministers....

DHS says airstrikes may have 'disrupted' plotting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI and the Homeland Security Department say there is no indication of advanced al-Qaida or Islamic State group terror plotting inside the United States. But they say airstrikes in Syria may have temporary disrupted attack planning against U.S. or Western targets....

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