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Thursday's Mini-Report, 9.11.14

Today's edition of quick hits.
Today's edition of quick hits:
* Coalition building: "Arab nations vowed on Thursday to 'do their share' to confront and ultimately destroy the Sunni extremist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The promise came after the nations' foreign ministers met [in Saudi Arabia] behind closed doors with Secretary of State John Kerry."
* Russia: "European leaders agreed on Thursday to go ahead with additional economic sanctions meant to punish Russia for its role in promoting separatist warfare in eastern Ukraine, officials in Brussels and Moscow said."
* Ferguson: "Newly released video allegedly showing the reaction of two new witnesses right after the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown suggests what nearly a half-dozen earlier witnesses have claimed -- that the unarmed teen was shot by a police officer while his hands were held up in surrender."
* Elsewhere in Missouri: "Police in Kansas City, Missouri say someone threw a Molotov cocktail at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's (D-Mo.) office there early Thursday morning, breaking a window but failing to start a fire. Police responded to an alarm at Cleaver's office around 3:00 a.m."
* This was a longshot: "Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending. Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote."
* It's complicated: "The prospect of the first American attacks on Syrian soil during three years of brutal civil war captivated Syrians on Thursday, prompting intense debate over whether airstrikes on the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would help or harm President Bashar al-Assad, his armed Syrian opponents and war-weary civilians."
* This could take a while: "House GOP leaders are advocating for giving President Barack Obama some authority within the continuing resolution to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, according to several Republican lawmakers present at a Thursday morning members' meeting. But those lawmakers also cautioned that discussions on how to proceed were far from over."
* One more mission for Gen. Allen: "The Obama administration has tapped retired Marine Gen. John Allen to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to The Associated Press. Allen will organize the efforts of nearly 40 countries around the world, according to the report."
* Responding to the GOP's new favorite position: "The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that aims to advance reproductive health policies, released a statement on Thursday calling Republicans' proposal on over-the-counter contraception 'troubling.'"
* The first South Carolina state House Speaker to get indicted while in office: "After months of trying to shut down an investigation into his use of campaign money, S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell was indicted Wednesday on nine charges, including illegally using campaign money for his personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosure reports and misconduct in office."
* 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
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