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Tim Walz
For many in Congress, a first test on issues of war

Lawmakers' votes this week on whether or not to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in the fight against Islamic State were arguably the most consequential after nearly two years in which Congress is likely to set a new low for productivity. But more than that, the initial decision Congress faced on President Obama's new mission to take out the militant threat represented the first significant opportunity for a big majority of both houses to decide an issue of war, a factor that was evident as the debate unfolded in the last week. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Sept. 19, 9:16 a.m.: An earlier version of this post may have given a wrong impression of Rep. Tim Walz's...