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Senate dodges debate on authorization for use of force against Islamic State

WASHINGTON Senators managed to duck a war debate Thursday while passing the defense authorization bill and then immediately filibustering the defense spending bill. The $612 billion defense authorization for the next fiscal year sailed through, 71-25, after senators had invoked cloture on both a substitute amendment and the underlying bill in recent days. But breaking a potential filibuster came with it restrictions on amendments. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined with Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona on one such proposal to push for an authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. "Flake and I had an amendment to express the sense of the...

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