Today’s edition of quick hits:
* U.S. policy in Syria: “Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday prepared legislation to expressly authorize the United States military to train Syrian rebels to help battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and House Republicans appeared ready to follow their lead.”
* On a related note: “The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels.”
* Progress in Ukraine: “President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine said on Wednesday that the bulk of Russian forces had withdrawn from Ukrainian territory, a move that he said heightened the chances for a lasting cease-fire in the southeast.”
* Iraq: “Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here on Wednesday for top-level talks to forge a coalition against the Sunni militants who have seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and to show support for Iraq’s new government.”
* Dick Cheney just keeps talking, hoping someone will find him credible.
* Israel apparently hopes to preempt allegations of possible war crimes in Gaza: “Israel’s Military Advocate General Corps has ordered criminal investigations into five incidents of possible misconduct on the part of Israeli forces in the 50-day Gaza war, a senior Israeli military official said on Wednesday.”
* A month later in Ferguson, the anguish felt by Michael Brown’s family has not eased.
* It looks like Ex-Im supporters are likely to get their way: “Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on Wednesday said he intends to support a stopgap bill funding the government despite the inclusion of a provision reauthorizing the Export-Import bank.”
* Detroit: “A federal judge agreed on Wednesday to delay Detroit’s bankruptcy trial to give the city and its fiercest opponent a chance to finish a major settlement that could speed an end to the city’s court fight over its future.”
* Jose Padilla’s sentencing: “U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke cut Padilla a break, of sorts, giving the one-time “enemy combatant” a new 21-year sentence rather than the 30-year term sought by federal prosecutors. While tacking on an additional 3 1/2 years to his original sentence, Cooke acknowledged Padilla’s mistreatment in a South Carolina Naval brig where he was held after his arrest in 2002.”
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) bridge scandal really hasn’t gone away.
* And if you’ve missed Rachel talking about it on the show, we’ve been updating an online whip count, listing the members of Congress who support a congressional debate and vote on authorizing force against ISIS targets. Have your representatives weighed in? If so, and their names aren’t on our list, email us at Rachel@msnbc.com.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.