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ARTICLES OF THE DAY 1/27

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/27/state-of-the-union-foreign-policy-u-s-still-a-leader/?iref=allsearch

While a sluggish economic recovery keeps the national focus on domestic issues, the Obama administration enters its sixth year with an evolving foreign policy dealing with longstanding challenges in the Middle East and new priorities in Asia.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/27/state-of-the-union-congress-coming-to-life/?iref=allsearch

In recent months, the deeply divided U.S. Congress has shown signs of freeing itself from extended gridlock that caused an angry public to give it historically low approval ratings.

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/27/the-limited-allure-of-extremism/?iref=allsearch

The recent news from Fallujah and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa must be pretty encouraging for al Qaeda sympathizers. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an al Qaeda affiliated group, has a significant presence in the city where the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War took place nearly a decade ago. ISIS and other al Qaeda inspired groups have also met with success on the battlefield in Syria, while extremist groups who embrace both violence and a severe, distorted version of Islam are on the offensive not just in Iraq and Syria, but in Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and elsewhere.  

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