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Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.

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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.

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Kansas Supreme Court puts off consideration of a lawsuit concerning the U.S. Senate ballot in Kansas

The lawsuit was aimed at forcing Democrats to nominate a Senate candidate to replace Chad Taylor, who withdrew from the race Sept. 3. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss sent the lawsuit to Shawnee County District Court for further consideration. His decision is likely to delay any final ruling for weeks, making it impossible for Democrats to provide a nominee before November ballots are locked in place.

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