President Obama facing crises all over the world today including the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the terror threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the threat from Russia in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Today the President meets on ISIS with General John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk at the White House. President Obama has authorized air strikes inside Syria, and the Whtie House is making clear that if Syrian dictator Bashir Assad fires on American aircraft, the U.S. will target Syrian air defenses and the Syrian army.
Top U.S. military commanders are meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee to talk with Senators about the U.S. anti-ISIS strategy. Lawmakers are being asked to authorize air strikes in Syria and Iraq and we could see a vote as soon as tomorrow. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifying.
0930EDT -- Senate Armed Services hearing on U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify LIVE
Later today, President Obama heads to Atlanta for a briefing at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The President is increasingly alarmed by the African Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,200 people. There are growing fears the disease could come to the U.S. President Obama set to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to African to help with the crisis. There's reports he'll ask Congress for as much as one billion dollars to help fight the disease's spread.
Thursday the President meets with the Ukrainian President at the White House on Russia's aggression in Eastern Europe. Despite a shaky cease-fire in Ukraine, shelling has killed at least three people in the town of Donetsk.
The Washington Post's David Nakamura Juliet Eilperin report today the President is facing a lot of doubts about his handling of various crises:
"The schedule reflects the whiplash inside the West Wing as the crises on three continents have helped sow doubts about U.S. leadership abroad and preoccupied Obama and his advisers less than two months before the midterm elections. "The term that I use is 'compounding complexity' - it just keeps compounding, and there's no relief in sight," said Julie Smith, a former national security adviser to Vice President Biden."
There was bad damage from the hurricane that hit Baja, Mexico. Hurricane Odile caused extensive damage. Power is out around Cabo San Lucas, and Mexico is sending military and commercial planes to nearby airports to evacuate tourists.
Wildfires in California have destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes. More than 1500 people have been forced to evacuate. A total of three fires are burning around the state. William La Jeunesse reporting.
A volcano erupting in Hawaii has sent lava flowing into a subdivision in Pahoa on the Big Island. No homes are threatened.
A volcano in the Philippines is rumbling, and Philippine scientists have raised the alert level to critical for the Mount Mayon in the Albay province. People in a 4-5 mile radius ordered to flee.
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