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James P. McGovern

Obama, Congress may find common ground on fighting Islamic State

President Obama and Republican lawmakers are renewing efforts to officially authorize the fight against Islamic State terrorists, an issue that could become one of the earliest areas of cooperation between the White House and the new GOP-led Congress. Meeting with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday, Obama suggested Republicans and Democrats might be able to work together on the economy and national security, and both sides were poised to work on the details of a new authorization for military force. After months of little action, the potential step forward could ultimately end the reliance on Sept. 11-era laws to wage war against a new generation of...