“In his speech Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said he would “welcome congressional support” for his expanded-but-limited plan to destroy ISIS, the terror organization wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. But Obama conspicuously did not say he would ask lawmakers to vote on whether to approve this military action. The White House insists that a previous congressional authorization approving military action against Al Qaeda and its affiliates allows Obama to go forward without seeking another explicit green light from Capitol Hill,” writes Erika Eichelberger in (Mother Jones)
Today’s Question: Should Obama get approval from lawmakers to carry out attacks against the Islamic State?
Photo/White House “In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria, officials said,” reports the Associated Press.
The president will also urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.
But administration officials said Obama will press forward with other elements of his plan without formal authorization from lawmakers. That could include wide-ranging airstrikes in Iraq and possibly in Syria. Other elements of Obama’s plan, which he was to lay out in a prime-time TV speech Wednesday, included increased support for Iraqi security forces, as well as military and diplomatic commitments from partners in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.
Shoppers walk towards a Home Depot store in Maryland in 2013. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images/File
“Home Depot confirmed Monday that their payment systems had been hacked in more than 2,000 stores located in the United States and Canada,” reports the Associated Press.
The number of people that may be affected by this data breach is still unknown. Customers who paid with a debit or credit card at the United State’s largest chain of home improvement stores may be at risk.
“We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue,” Home Depot Chairman and CEO Frank Blake said.
In December a similar debacle happened at Target. This data breach could have affected nearly 70 million shoppers who used their debit or credit cards.
Other retailers that also have suffered from data breaches include Neiman Marcus, Supervalu, P.F. Chang’s, and GoodWill thrift stores.
Today’s Question: Do data breaches affect your shopping habits?
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