A week after President Obama vowed not to send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted ground troops may be needed. “If there are threats to the U.S., I would of course go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. President Obama is expected to visit U.S. Central Command headquarters in Florida today to discuss his strategy to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, Congress is voting this week on a request from Obama for authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels. We speak to Rep. Jim McDermott, Democrat from Washington state.
World leaders are gathering at the United Nations next week for a major summit on climate change. On September 21, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March being held in New York City. We talk to Rep. Jim McDermott about his bill, the Managed Carbon Price Act, that aims to reduce air pollution in the United States by establishing a federal price on the emission of greenhouse gases that are responsible for causing global warming. We also hear from one of the more than 170 climate activists from across the United States who are traveling to New York on "The People’s Climate Train" to attend this Sunday’s march. New figures show last month was the warmest August on record around the globe. According to NASA, West Antarctica saw hotter temperatures of up to 8 degrees Celsius higher than normal, or 14 degrees Fahrenheit. This year so far is the fourth hottest on record.
Scotland is set to vote Thursday on whether to become independent from Britain for the first time since 1707. The question on the ballot will ask simply: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Polls show the referendum is too close to call, but many British politicians fear voters will choose independence. On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters that separation would be a “painful divorce." We host a debate between British musician and activist Billy Bragg and British historian Sam Wetherell. Bragg just published an article titled "Scottish Nationalism and British Nationalism Aren’t the Same" in The Guardian. Wetherell’s article, "Exit Stage Right: The Case Against Scottish Independence," appears in Jacobin.
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