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Obama's response to ISIS takes heat from both parties




U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
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President Barack Obama joins NATO leaders in Europe this week, addressing the crisis between Russia and Ukraine and discussing the future of Afghanistan. But, Obama is also seeking a response to the threat of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, where a group calling itself the Islamic State has killed two American journalists and is holding more hostages.

Though the president today is on the international scene, he's been getting plenty of criticism from back home where both Republican and Democratic leaders have been making judgement calls of their own.

National Journal reporter Daniel Newhauser writes that House Republicans are planning a series of hearings on the issue next week.