updated 6:21 PM EDT, Tue September 16, 2014

President Obama has said there would be no "boots on the ground" in the fight to stamp out ISIS , but the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says he would recommend sending military advisers, already deployed to Iraq, into combat if necessary. FULL STORY

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NRA ramps up election spending - latest effort putting millions in key Ark, Colo and NC Senate races http://t.co/39fNS0Gqyi
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WH: Dempsey's prepared remarks vetted prior to hearing... but he was engaging in hypotheticals during Q&A. http://t.co/4Kid4IWnkP
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Only 286 women! RT @CNNMoney: The newest #Billionaire report is out. The stats are astounding! http://t.co/6l0FehiY2s http://t.co/Pq7nHcsyou
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NYT Editorial: The Slippery Slope Begins http://t.co/PXltnV5QDI
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Also the title of Bruce Willis's second album RT @NietzscheTalks: That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
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@danmericaCNN kind of busy
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Yes, I will be buying these. http://t.co/2sfj6tVuN9
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Congrats to the @Orioles. Here is to hoping for a Beltway World Series.
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Bryce Harper representing @dcfireems in the locker room celebration tonight in Atlanta http://t.co/5o3H6Xb2OP
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CNNx Gets New Name: CNNGo..and signs advertisers http://t.co/ywy8wEblRn
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Another reason to celebrate tonight? The @Braves are 5 games out of the last Wild Card spot and a game under .500.
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ISIS stepping up their recruitment & propaganda efforts by debuting a new online magazine..? http://t.co/ILjJ602t5v http://t.co/qp4q9V4JO2
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.@SenSanders goes into detail about his 2016 decision process. Here's a @Storify recap of #PoliticsOnTap: http://t.co/K9g95Jpk0q
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I love it. #Clinchmas is trending in DC.
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.@SenSanders goes into detail about his 2016 decision process. Here's a @Storify recap of #PoliticsOnTap: http://t.co/K9g95Jpk0q
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Regarding #ISIS, "I absolutely do not believe our troops should be in combat mode," says @SenSanders
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I happen to believe the issue of #citizensunited is the most important domestic issue we have - @SenSanders #PoliticsonTap
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If I run, I will run to win, says @SenSanders at #PoliticsOnTap http://t.co/P3rZjL2cYl
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I can't walk down the street without being asked about Hillary Clinton- @SenSanders at #PoliticsOnTap http://t.co/QHrMQgtod3
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If I run, my job is to take on the billionaire class...to take on corporate America - @SenSanders #PoliticsonTap http://t.co/OcbxPjtJDt
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On talking to lawmakers, @danabashcnn says: Sometimes a non-answer is an answer, right? #PoliticsonTap http://t.co/kd3Odxc8NF
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Is @SenSanders going to shake up the 2016 election season? Follow #PoliticsOnTap for updates from @jaketapper & @ron_fournier's interview
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How @SpeakerBoehner starts his day: An early morning stroll to Starbucks in khaki shorts http://t.co/SgMq4PQgUW http://t.co/zPpcJ6jApl
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President Obama: U.S. ready to take the lead in #Ebola fight: http://t.co/d6QiMHu6sG http://t.co/U1whlKUyu1
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Another round of dueling in Kentucky's Senate race: http://t.co/dZCLSrkkVa via @KilloughCNN
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Ebola outbreak must be taken "as seriously as we take the threat of ISIS," says @SenAlexander http://t.co/rDoVkaBc5I http://t.co/0JGlMsQsjP
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On @NewDay, @Sen_JoeManchin says he's willing to shut down government over Syria war vote http://t.co/F5JbXWzGql http://t.co/rNOghRLl8c
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First on CNN: With new ad, Democrats try to paint Scott Brown as Mitt Romney http://t.co/mw04XnXpLk http://t.co/mrrrb0nLdn
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Rand Paul says he'd vote 'yes' for war with #ISIS, but his position seems to be more nuanced http://t.co/79ud4gOASx http://t.co/6DI8uJLFKD
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