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Many in Congress not sold on Obama's Islamic State strategy

WASHINGTON -- Leaders from both parties expressed confidence Tuesday that the House would support President Barack Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants, an important component of the administration's broader strategy to confront the extremist forces. But after a day of back-to-back private meetings among lawmakers, the political landscape in advance of Wednesday's expected vote appeared to be shifting, particularly for Democrats whose votes will be needed for passage. "There's a growing sense that this whole thing is problematic," Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., who opposes the resolution, said while emerging from an evening session. "This whole ...

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