The Atlantic Daily: The Rising Number of Americans Who Aid ISIS

Two more charged with helping the Islamic State, the end of Candlestick Park, and more...


What's Happening: More Americans Charged With Aiding ISIS

The prosecution of ISIS supporters in the United States continued on Thursday. In Virginia, a 17-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to help the terrorist group recruit. Meanwhile, an Uzbek national became the fifth man in Brooklyn to be indicted for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

A new strategy? After announcing the authorization of up to 450 American troops in Iraq, General Martin Dempsey said that the United States may be considering building more military bases in the country. The facilities would be “lily pads” that would help Iraqi troops pivot to fight ISIS in different parts of the country. However, the bases would likely require more troops and more funds.

Questions on the use of force: On Thursday, the House defeated an amendment that would force lawmakers to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State. Some Republicans seem to want more robust plans to combat the terrorist groups while some Democrats fear the authorization would be too vague in its powers.


Tom Tresh, left, of the New York Yankees, and Willie Mays, of the San Francisco Giants, talk before the first game of the World Series in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, on October 4, 1962. The 55-year-old stadium is being razed, to make room for a new mall and housing units. To see more iconic images of Candlestick Park through the years visit The Atlantic Photo. (AP)


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  • Peter Beinart: “Jeb’s biggest problem isn’t that he’s too moderate. It’s that his candidacy evokes so little passion. While many rich Republicans feel loyal to the Bush family, few ordinary Republicans feel inspired by the prospect of electing a third Bush, especially since they don’t have particularly fond memories of the first two.”
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News Quiz

1. According to a recent New York Times analysis, the sons of senators are _______ times more likely to become senators than the average American man.

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2. Actor Christopher Lee’s breakout role was in Dracula: Prince of Darkness, which came out in __________.

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3. There are currently _______ African Americans serving in the U.S. Congress.

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Evening Read

Nicholas Stephanopoulos on the false promise of black representation:

The recent unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities is puzzling in one important respect. Unlike in earlier eras, when African Americans’ political exclusion drove them to protest, blacks today are as likely to vote as whites and are well represented at all levels of government. The mayor of Baltimore and a majority of its city council are black. So are forty-five members of Congress—an all-time high. And, at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, so is the current occupant of the White House. Why all the turmoil, then, at a time when blacks—finally—seem to be enjoying the fruits of American democracy?


UN peacekeepers investigated, prison worker suspected,  Louisiana floods, teenage ISIS recruiter captured, Rupert Murdoch steps down, and iconic gunmaker goes broke.

ANSWERS: 8,500, 1966, 45