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The Obama Administration is granting leases for offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic — while making other parts of the ocean available for developing wind farms. The President's calling for "all of the above," but advocates insist on important differences in energy generated, jobs created and potential threats to the environment.

Also, President Obama makes a formal war authorization request against ISIS, and US diplomats and Marines head for the airport in Yemen.

Photo: Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, England (Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

Obama Makes Formal War Authorization Request against ISIS 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama is asking Congress for authorization to use force. He says ISIL, the so-called Islamic State, is "a grave threat" to the US, its allies and partners.

Congress is divided on the issue. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina objects to limiting ground forces…invoking Kayla Mueller, the American who died while she was an ISIS hostage. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut called combat troops "bulletin material for terrorists to bring even more forces to the fight in the Middle East and across the globe."

Karen DeYoung is reporting the story for the Washington Post.

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post (@karendeyoung1)

Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIL (2014)
Pentagon update on ISIL

In the Atlantic Ocean, Is It Both Oil and Wind? 33 MIN, 58 SEC

Five years after the Gulf oil spill, the Obama Administration has opened up thousands of offshore acres from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling. It's also made the ocean available for wind farms far out at sea, abiding by the energy strategy the President calls "all of the above." State Governors pushed for oil and gas drilling to create jobs.  But environmentalists say wind would create twice the energy and twice the employment -- without the pollution or the greenhouse emissions.

Nicholas Kusnetz, Center for Public Integrity (@nkus)
Claire Douglass, Oceana (@ClimateClaire)
John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute (@api_news)
Willett Kempton, Center for Carbon Free Power Integration, University of Delaware (@udceoe)

Cape Wind

Western Diplomats Close Embassies, Scramble to Leave Yemen 9 MIN, 35 SEC

Yemen has long been a major US ally against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as a real threat to America's national security. Now Houthi rebels have deposed the friendly regime and the US has closed its embassy in Sanaa — although the New York Times reports that a Houthi leader is reaching out. US officials burned tens of thousands of documents last night before closing the embassy. Rebel Houthis, who've taken control, seized the weapons of departing Marines.

We hear more from Rod Nordland, who is in Sanaa for the New York Times, and Adam Baron, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, who was a reporter in Yemen from 2011 until last year.

Rod Nordland, New York Times (@rodnordland)
Adam Baron, European Council on Foreign Relations (@adammbaron)

Baron on the implosion in Yemen

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