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President Obama can ‘bypass Congress’ over Iraq action

US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers’ approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says. Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress. Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing Sunni militants. Meanwhile US Vice-President Biden and Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki discussed possible “additional measures” by the US to assist Iraqi forces. The two men considered ways “to roll back the terrorists’ advances”, a White House statement said. The US is reported to be considering a range of military option in response to the ISIS advance Shia…