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September 17th, 2014
07:27 PM ET

What independence would look like for Scotland

(CNN) – For more than 300 years, Scotland has been joined at the hip to England.

But tomorrow, 4.3 million registered Scottish voters will have a choice: continue on in that historic union, or demand full independence, as a sovereign nation.

The latest polling shows voters are now just a few points shy of potentially bringing an end to the United Kingdom as we know it.

What would that even look like?

Chief executive of "Yes Scotland" Blair Jenkins joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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September 17th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Roundtable: Should Obama have taken combat mission off the table in fight against ISIS?

(CNN) – There are mixed signals between the Pentagon, the Secretary of State, and the White House on what the U.S. strategy will be to defeat the terrorist group ISIS.

On the one hand, Obama is trying to explain this fight to the American people, and why the U.S. is using military force, says CNN political commentator and former White House press secretary Jay Carney. On the other hand, he says, military leaders have to fulfill their responsibilities in explaining what hypotheticals might look like.

"We're talking about mixed messages and substantive policy issues and that always puts the White House a little on the defensive," said Carney.

"I don't think it's a messaging question," said The Weekly Standard's William Kristol.
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September 17th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Debate over ISIS is also a debate of America's international role

(CNN) – The U.S. is clearly leading the military operation in the fight against ISIS.

But the debate over how that fight is carried out brings into question how large a role the U.S. plays in world events.

CNN's Jim Sciutto breaks it down for CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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September 17th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Fmr. NATO commander: Without question we will see our young men and women engaged in combat in Iraq

(CNN) – There is continued debate about the Obama administrations that there will be no boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS, no combat troops.

But there are already Americans wearing boots on the ground in Iraq and they will be involved in combat one way or another.

"Without question we will see our young men and women engaged in combat. I don't think they'll be given a primary, direct, combat assignment initially, but I think it's entirely possible that as events change and morph, the situation may ultimately require that," said former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis. He is now the dean of the The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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