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  • Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials say the reality of a protracted campaign may require US troops.

  • A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    National security just jumped to the top of the list for American votes and that's good for the GOP, says Republican strategist Sara Fagen.

  • Pro-union supporters celebrate as the Scottish independence referendum polling results are announced in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 19, 2014.

    The Scotland "no" vote brought relief to a White House worried about the impact of a schism, Politico's Ben White says.