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Political Quick Hits: September 12th Edition

QuickHitsHere’s your weekly quick look at a few developing stories in the political arena:

  • On Wednesday, President Obama spoke to the nation about the terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) saying that he will expand air strikes against them, lifting restrictions on American strikes in Iraq and for the first time authorizing direct attacks against the militant group in Syria. President Obama speaking from the White House said, “Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, [ISIS] through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.” President Obama also again ruled out American troops fighting on the ground directly against ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling this week to build the international coalition Obama is seeking to take on ISIS.

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Political Quick Hits: September 5th Edition

QuickHitsHere’s your weekly quick look at a few developing stories in the political arena:

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Trayvon Martin’s Mom Pens Open Letter To Mike Brown’s Mom

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Sybrina Fulton and  Lesley McSpadden are two mothers forever connected through fatal tragedy. Both women have loss unarmed teenage boys to gun violence after they were profiled and pursued by their killers.

Sybrina knows exactly what Lesley is  going through. When her son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman she had to immediately deal with becoming a public figure over night,  protecting her child’s character against defamation broadcast by the national news, and then she had to find strength to carry on while trying to cope with the devastation of burying her eldest child without answers.

This is exactly what Lesley has been experience since the August 6th murder of her first-born child Mike Brown. Sybrina published a letter in TIME in support of the family. It’s heart-breaking and honest words. The harsh reality is that her life will forever be changed.

To The Brown Family,

I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.

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