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world lead

September 11th, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Sen. Ayotte: Obama understated threat of ISIS

(CNN) – In a speech laying out his strategy to defeat ISIS, President Obama acknowledged Wednesday that there is no specific plot against the homeland.

Some experts, like a former State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, say there is a danger that the threat of ISIS is being overblown. But Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, disagrees.

"I think actually the President understated the threat last night," Ayotte said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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sports lead

September 11th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

ESPN co-host: No evidence yet Goodell is lying

(CNN) – The president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a chorus of others have called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation, after reports surfaced that the league saw a video of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his fiancee out cold months ago.

Goodell said Tuesday that no one in the league saw the video before TMZ published it online earlier this week.

But not everyone is calling for Goodell's ouster. Indeed, ESPN "First Take" co-host Stephen A. Smith railed against NOW president Terry O'Neill.

"I'm sorry. I think this woman is off her rocker. She's lost her mind. That's right, I said it. Most ridiculous nonsense. Roger Goodell deserves to lose his job because - why are you acting like he's Ray Rice? Roger Goodell did not hit her. He hasn't hit any women," Smith said on ESPN.

Smith walked that back in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," saying he apologizes to O'Neil because he believed she was calling for Goodell's resignation specifically because of his handling of the Ray Rice video.
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politics lead

September 11th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Roundtable: Where is the Arab League on fight against ISIS?

(CNN) – President Obama announced his new, escalated plan to defeat ISIS Wednesday.

Today, the President is facing criticism from both sides of the aisle, many pushing for a more specific plan, others calling the proposal too weak to work.

And why can't the U.S. get the Saudis, the U.A.E., Qatar, Kuwait, or Jordan – nations that are much more directly threatened by ISIS – to contribute to this fight?

The Weekly Standard's William Kristol, the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, discuss in the video above.

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world lead

September 11th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Fmr. top Obama adviser questions President's no boots on the ground pledge

(CNN) – The battle against ISIS, and the new mission in the Middle East raises questions of whether this is a new war.

Painful numbers cast a long shadow over everything that's happening in the region right now, and they bear repeating: the U.S. endured nine years of brutal, costly warfare in Iraq, 4,486 U.S. troops died between 2003 and 2011, more than 30,000 were wounded, and all that human agony came with a price tag of more than $800 billion dollars.

Now, there are new questions about the origins of this latest threat, and just how long the fight against the terror group ISIS will last.

"It's going to take a while," said former national security adviser to Obama, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. James Jones (Ret.).
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world lead

September 11th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

What the U.K. will lose if Scotland secedes

(CNN) – UK Prime Minister David Cameron campaigned in Scotland Wednesday in a last-minute bid to persuade voters to stick with the United Kingdom ahead of an independence referendum in seven days.

CNN's Isa Soares reports on what's at stake if the United Kingdom is United no more.


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