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USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER21,2015 E3 3B IN BRIEF WEBB SA Y S HE IS DROPPING OUT OF DEM OCRA TIC R ACE Long-shot candidate Jim Webb s aid Tuesday he is dropping his c ampaign for the Democratic p residential nomination and will explore the possibility of an independent bid. “Our country is more important than a label,” the former Virginia senator said during a news conference a week after the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election cycle. W ebb, a former Republican who won election to the Senate as a Democrat in 2006, said both parties are too influenced by big money that tends to favor “extremes” and promote gridlock. He said he has agreements and disputes with policies in each party and would be a strong inde- p endent voice. —David Jackson SENATE DEMS BLOCK BILL T O PUNISH ‘SANCTUARY CITIES’ Senate Democrats blocked a b ill Tuesday that would have punished “sanctuary cities” that protect undocumented immigrants from being turned over to f ederal agents to face deportation. S enators voted 54-45 to advance the legislation, six votes s hort of the 60 needed. The bill, o ered by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., would have cut o law enforcement grants to more t han 300 cities, counties and states with sanctuary policies. T he legislation also would have stripped them of community dev elopment block grants, which provide housing to low-income a nd moderate-income families a nd aid in natural disasters. —Erin Kelly U.S., CANADA LIKELY TO SEE M ORE COOPERATION Canada’s surprising election of the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau as prime minister means both the United States and its northern neighbor can expect increased cooperation during President Obama’s last year in o ce. “I think Justin Trudeau is cert ainly going to reach out to Oba- ma,” said Donald Abelson, p olitical science professor at Western University in London, Ontario. “They share a lot of similar interests in terms of protecting the environment and ... advancing certain progressive policies on the world stage.” T rudeau, 43,and outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 56,di er on foreign p olicy. Harpersupported the Israeli government, was lukewarm t o the Iranian nuclear agreement and took strong stances against R ussian aggression in Ukraine. —Adam Kovac KPPA VIAAFP/GETTY IMAGES Chae Hun Sik of North Korea, 88, reacts upon meeting his South Korean relatives Tuesday. Nearly 400 South Koreans traveled north for three days of reunions to see loved ones, many of whom they hadn’t seen since the Korean War. A TEARFUL REUNION PRESIDENTAND PUBLISHER John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF David Callaway CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentz el 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22 108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAYis published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAYis subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAYmay in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAYis a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA T ODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. USA TODAYis committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail accu- racy@usatoday.com. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan indicated Tuesday that he would run for speaker of the House — provided he gets the endorsement of all GOP factions. The conditional decision leaves some doubt as to whether Ryan, who is widely respected among House Republicans, will succeed Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when he steps down. Ryan said he expects a response from the House GOP by Friday. “We as a conference should unify now,” Ryan told reporters after a closed-door session with the House GOP. “What I told members is if you can agree to these requests and if I can truly be a unifying figure, then I will gladly serve, and if I am not unifying, that is fine as well — I will be happy to stay where I am.” Ryan said his greatest concern is that taking the job will interfere with his responsibilities to his children. He said he told his colleagues he would not travel as much as prior speakers have because he needs to be home with his children. But he also said he did not want to someday have to explain to his children why he refused to serve when his party and country needed leadership. “My greatest worry is the consequence of not stepping up,” Ryan said, “of someday having my own kids ask me, ‘When the stakes were so high, why didn’t you do all you could do?’” Minutes earlier, Brendan Buck, communication director for the House Ways and Means Committee, said Ryan won’t run unless he can be a solidifying force to the GOP. “If the members agree with (Ryan’s) requests and share his vision, and if he is a unity candidate — with the endorsement of all the conference’s major caucuses — then he will serve as speaker. He will be all in,” Buck said. Ryan “believes that for the next speaker to be successful, we need to unify now. Unless the speaker is a unifying figure across the conference, he or she will face the same challenges that have beset our current leadership,” Buck said. Boehner is stepping down in part because a group of about 40 House conservatives threatened to call a no-confidence vote on his speakership. Though Boehner said he was certain he would win the vote, he announced he would retire to spare his members having to cast that di cult vote. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was favored to succeed Boehner, but he withdrew Oct. 8 when it became clear the conservative wing — represented by the House Freedom Caucus — would not support him. Ryan will run for speaker if GOP unites He worries job will cut into time with kids Paul Singer USA TODAY “My greatest worry is the consequence of not stepping up.” Rep. Paul Ryan ,R-Wis. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI,AFP/GETTY IMAGES The United States has been critical of Russia’s airstrikes in Syria, saying they are aimed at bolstering the regime of Bashar Assad, not at defeating the Islamic State. “We continue to believe that Russia’s strategy in Syria is counterproductive, and their support for the Assad regime will only make Syria’s civil war worse,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. After Russia began its air campaign in Syria last month, al-Aba- BAGHDAD The United States’ top military o cer said Tuesday that Iraq is not planning to turn to Russia for airstrikes and other military assistance in its fight against Islamic State militants. “Both the minister of Defense and the prime minister said absolutely there is no request right now for the Russians to support them,” Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta , said after a daylong visit to Iraq. Dunford met with Iraqi a nd coalition o cials. “I said it w ould make it very di cult f or us to be able to provide the k ind of support you need if the Russians were here conducting operations as well, providing air support,” Dunford said. Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, views the U.S.-led coalition as the country’s main ally in its fight against Islamic State militants, said Dunford, who is wrapping up a four-day Middle East trip. Dunford met with al-Abadi, Defense Minister Khaled al- Obeidi and other o cials in his first overseas trip as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The coalition has conducted airstrikes against Islamic State militants for more than a year in Iraq and Syria. di suggested he might welcome Russian airstrikes, raising concerns about Iraq’s commitment to the U.S.-led coalition and Russia’s expanding military role in the Middle East. Iraqi o cials have complained that coalition airstrikes were not e ective. Last month, Iraq said it reached an agreement with Russia, Iran and Syria to share intelligence in the fight against the Islamic State. Dunford said Iraqi o cials told him the intelligence o ce is not yet functioning. Dunford has said he is looking at options that could bolster the assistance the United States provides to Iraq’s military, citing recent successes the country’s armed forces have had against the Islamic State. The United States has about 3,400 troops in Iraq to train and support Iraq’s military. Much of the country’s armed forces had to be rebuilt after a crushing defeat at the hands of the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL, last year. “We’re going to look at a wide range of things that we could do to help the Iraqis generate momentum and reinforce the successes that they’re starting to have,” Dunford said. Iraq’s militaryretook control of the nation’s largest oil refinery near the town of Beiji in recent days, said Maj. Michael Filanowski, a coalition operations o cer. The refinery had been fought over for more than a year. JOHN MOORE,GETTY IMAGES U.S. Army trainers instruct Iraqi army recruits at a military base April 12 in Taji, Iraq. U.S. forcestrain thousands of Iraqis. IRAQ DOESN’T WANT H ELP FROM RUSSIA, T OP U.S. OFFICER SAYS General examines o ptions to boost battle against Islamic State Jim Michaels @jimmichaels USA TODAY RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA EPA Russia deployed warships from the Caspian Flotilla in the southwestern Caspian Sea, where missile strikes are launched into Syria. POOL PHOTO Marine Gen. Joe Dunford

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