The president said he had the authority to address the threat from ISIL but he would welcome congressional support to show the world that Americans are united. Here's how members of Congress reacted.
The president delivered a prime-time televised address to the American people on his efforts to go after the group in Iraq and Syria.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has already made significant inroads in Iowa as he explores a presidential bid. Supporters say it's because he builds on his father's work but stays his own person.
In a prime-time address on Wednesday night, President Obama is expected to frame the threat posed by the Islamic State and outline his strategy for "degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group." The speech comes as domestic public opinion on intervention has changed markedly in the wake of the beheading of two American journalists.
Attorney General Martha Coakley begins with an advantage in the Democratic state but polling shows a majority views Republican Charlie Baker as a strong enough leader to be an effective governor.
Experts say it's not so much the American people that the president has to convince, but the Middle East leaders he's counting on for help.
Candidates on both sides of the aisle have found something they can agree on this campaign season. Ads critical of the treatment of the nation's veterans.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who won the Democratic nomination, will face Cranston GOP Mayor Allan Fung in a heavily Democratic state with a history of electing GOP governors.
The Democratic incumbent won his party's nod for a second term, but not without getting bruised by Zephyr Teachout, a little-known foe running to his left.
The former Republican senator from Massachusetts will face Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in November. If Brown wins, he would become only the third U.S. senator to represent more than one state.
As the midterm elections near, Republicans are increasingly confident they will control both houses of Congress. But even if they do, the clashes will likely continue.
Robert Siegel talks with California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier about Tuesday's briefing by the House Armed Services Committee on the administration's strategy regarding ISIS. Speier was one of the House members who signed a letter this summer calling on President Obama to consult Congress before taking military action in Syria. She has also supported the use of airstrikes and drones to restore stability in Iraq.
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to a primary challenger in June, it was one of the biggest political upsets in years. But Cantor quickly found work with a New York investment bank, which said it was hiring him to provide "strategic guidance."
Congressional leaders met with President Obama on Tuesday, ahead of his speech on the Islamic State terrorist group.
It's not fair to call this a "do nothing" Congress. It's just that the House and Senate each have very different "to do" lists.
The president today is set to meet congressional leaders to discuss his strategy to combat the insurgency in Iraq and Syria. He's expected to address the nation on the subject on Wednesday.
Americans generally agree that too much money is spent running for office. On Monday, the Senate took up a proposed constitutional amendment that could change that, but it's not likely to pass.
The top 4 congressional leaders will be at the White House Tuesday to talk about the president's strategy against the group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. Obama addresses the nation Wednesday.
After police in Ferguson, Mo. were seen using military-grade equipment, the Senate is holding a hearing on the militarization of local police and whether closer supervision is needed.
Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor is running one of the closest Senate races in the country. Arkansas has grown more Republican, but he hopes to win a third term on his reputation as a down-the-middle guy.