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September 26th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

ISIS on the campaign trail

(CNN) – In competitive races across the country, Republicans are seizing on national security as their weapon of choice to defeat their Democratic opponents.

No where is that more obvious than in New Hampshire, where U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria have taken center stage in the tight race for the Senate seat.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.


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September 26th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Gen. Dempsey stands by statement that U.S. ground troop recommendation is on the table

(CNN) – After ten days of administration denials, today, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey stood by his commitment to recommend U.S. ground troops, if he believes they are necessary to win the fight against ISIS.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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September 26th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

North Korean media says Kim Jong Un feels 'discomfort' – is something more sinister at play?

(CNN) – North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen at a public event for three weeks, including a prominent state meeting that he has attended every year since coming to power in late 2011.

On Thursday, Kim was conspicuously absent from the Supreme People's Assembly. That same day, North Korean state TV appeared to acknowledge Kim's absence, saying, "The wealth and prosperity of our socialism is thanks to the painstaking efforts of our marshal, who keeps lighting the path for the people, like the flicker of a flame, despite suffering from discomfort."

"That is quite unusual," Victor Cha, professor of Asian studies at Georgetown University, said of the announcement.
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September 26th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

Web exclusive: Actress Michelle Monaghan reacts to new 'True Detective' cast

(CNN) – Actress Michelle Monaghan, who starred in the first season of HBO's "True Detective," says one new star for next season is something of an unconventional pick.
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