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Democrats Slam White House Messaging On Refugee Bill

Pelosi, D-Calif. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP  proposal to tighten the United States' screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.  

The shift is due to a number of factors, including pressure from constituents to take action this week — as well as frustration with the White House's inability to offer a compelling reason to wait. "What they should be doing is accepting the bill and offering to work with all of us on both sides to make it workable," said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., of administration officials.  

Congressional Leaders Back Iraq Airstrikes; Hawks Push for Broader War on ISIL

Updated 11:22 a.m. | Congressional leaders are backing President Barack Obama's decision to authorize air strikes in Iraq as the first bombs began falling, although hawks are pushing for a far broader military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also knowns as ISIS.  

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, announced Friday morning that the U.S. had dropped bombs on assets of the group.  

Deflecting Cantor Chatter, Boehner Blasts Obama on Iraq, Bergdahl, Immigration (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to analyze Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat on Tuesday — instead blasting President Barack Obama for "making deals with terrorists" and "taking a nap" on Iraq.  

"I'll let the political pundits describe and figure out what happened in that election," the Ohio Republican told reporters at his weekly press conference Thursday morning. "Every election is different."