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Propaganda Watch: Fearmongering the Threat Posed by the Islamic State

How much of a threat does the Islamic State militant group pose? That's a question that depends very much on whom you ask.

With American diplomats assembling an international coalition to launch air strikes against the brutal group -- which has murdered more than 1,700 unarmed Iraqi soldiers, threatened minority groups with genocide, crucified numerous Iraqi civilians and beheaded a trio of Westerners -- senior members of the Obama administration have sometimes struggled to get on the same page in describing the militants. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said the Islamic State was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen" and "beyond just a terrorist group." Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey has called the group a "trans-regional and global threat." But counterterrorism chief Matthew Olsen maintains that there is "no credible information" that the militants are planning to strike the U.S. homeland or have the capabilities to do so.

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Ukraine's Combat Dolphins Begin Swimming for Russia

Kiev wants its combat dolphins back, but now they're swimming for Russia.

After annexing the Crimean peninsula in March, Russia announced that it would press Ukraine's combat dolphins, stationed at a facility in Sevastopol, into service for Moscow. That time has come: The Crimean State Oceanarium, the dolphins' home base, is now under full Russian control.

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So Many #Brands Tweeting About 9/11, So Few #Thinking

"Share the crazy little things you do using #MyCrave," White Castle, the fast-food chain, urges fans in its Twitter bio. Below that promotion, and above an online poll asking Americans whether they prefer #Scrambled or #SunnySideUp, #StarWars or #StarTrek, is a digital memorial to the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

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