Too detached to lead? (Guest Voice)
Aug28

Too detached to lead? (Guest Voice)

Too detached to lead? by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Having once served a president, I don’t begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence of the president’s routine. The intelligence briefings stalk him. Presidential respites are...

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NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders
Aug28

NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders

Update as of 8 a.m. EDT: A senior NATO official has said that there are over 1,000 Russian troops operating inside Ukrainian borders, BBC reported. Update as of 7:15 a.m. EDT: Russia is carrying out an invasion in Ukraine, Ella Polyakova, a member of Vladimir Putin’s advisory council on human rights, reportedly said. “When masses...

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Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate
Aug28

Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate

The accidental shooting of Arizona firearms instructor Charles Vacca by a nine-year-old girl, who he was teaching to use an Uzi machine gun, has renewed a debate in the United States about training children to handle guns. In the wake of the killing, social media erupted with comments from both sides of the debate. It’s...

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Unverified Audio Clip Provides Clues To Mike Brown Shooting
Aug27

Unverified Audio Clip Provides Clues To Mike Brown Shooting

A new audio clip, which allegedly recorded a series of shots fired at Michael Brown, was released Tuesday and reportedly indicates two separate sets of shots with a pause between them. The recording could further muddle the controversy surrounding the death of the 18-year-old black teen who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 in...

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The Resurrection of Rick Perry
Aug27

The Resurrection of Rick Perry

The Resurrection of Rick Perry By Jason Stanford Not since Superman has a fella made such a big impression when he took of his eyeglasses. Turns out, the sexy new specs were a disguise all along. This is the Rick Perry we thought we were getting in 2012 before he crashed and burned onstage. But he’s back, baby, and if he can keep it up it just might be change Republicans can believe in. We should have known better. The doddering...

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What line to draw on beheadings?
Aug27

What line to draw on beheadings?

What line to draw on beheadings? by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — “Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be.” So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral — as the Islamic State intended. Beheaded journalist. How horrible to write a sentence featuring...

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A legacy in question (Guest Voice)
Aug26

A legacy in question (Guest Voice)

A legacy in question by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — I’ve thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct. Yet events of the last few months — specifically, the rise of the Islamic State and the accompanying specter of a renewed terrorist...

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McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?
Aug26

McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?

McDonald’s Corp. appears to be losing its connection with a key group of Americans: millennials. The Wall Street Journal on Monday used data to show the changing tastes of some younger Americans. Data compiled for that newspaper by Technomic Inc., a restaurant consultancy, showed that the percentage of people in the United States aged 19 to… McDonald’s losing connection with...

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The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)
Aug25

The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)

The right note on gender and hiring by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of “blind” auditions — performances given from behind a screen — in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and meritocracy ruled. It worked out well, with Princeton University research...

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Report: British Intelligence Has Identified ‘Jihadi John’
Aug25

Report: British Intelligence Has Identified ‘Jihadi John’

British intelligence has identified the black-clad figure shown getting ready to behead U.S. journalist James Foley last week, a report said. In a grisly video, the figure who has become known as “Jihadi John,” said the execution was in response to the U.S. bombing of Islamic State positions near Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened...

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No time to lead from behind (Guest Voice)
Aug24

No time to lead from behind (Guest Voice)

No time to lead from behind by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, “ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed.” President Obama said, “people like this ultimately fail.” The first is a pledge; the second an observation. Obama remains...

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James Foley’s masked killer resembles British fighter in video of Syrian soldier’s execution
Aug24

James Foley’s masked killer resembles British fighter in video of Syrian soldier’s execution

Security agencies hunting for the killer of James Foley, the American journalist, are investigating video footage of two British jihadists taking part in the execution of a soldier captured during fighting in Syria. British and U.S. counter-terrorism analysts believe one of the Britons bears a resemblance to the jihadist who beheaded Mr Foley. If they...

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When to police political behavior
Aug23

When to police political behavior

When to police political behavior by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist...

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The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James Foley
Aug23

The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James Foley

While the United States government has a policy against paying ransom to terrorists, the privately held GlobalPost and James Foley’s family were prepared to pay a ransom for the kidnapped freelance journalist’s release, according to GlobalPost co-founder and CEO Phil Balboni. “Jim was a special member of our family,” Balboni said of the longtime GlobalPost correspondent.… The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James...

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US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted
Aug22

US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Bad news for the British photographer who allowed a curious monkey to take a selfie using his equipment – or, indeed, any of us looking to allow wild animals to borrow our smartphones or cameras to take self-portraits – US officials have issued new rules declaring that… US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be...

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Morning Joe Forgets Bush’s ‘Now Watch This Drive’ (Guest Voice)
Aug22

Morning Joe Forgets Bush’s ‘Now Watch This Drive’ (Guest Voice)

The most appalling thing about the beheading of an American journalist by ISIS was not the act itself. According to Joe Scarborough’s Morning Hypocrisy, AKA: Morning Joe, the fact that the President could condemn the horrific act, then play golf in Martha’s Vineyard, the liberal elite playground, is by far the most unconscionable thing he...

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Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood!
Aug22

Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood!

Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood! By Dick Polman So it turns out, thanks to a leak from the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office, that the unarmed teen who was shot by a cop six times in Ferguson, Mo., including twice in the head, had marijuana in his bloodstream. And, naturally, the character assassins are essentially saying, “Ya see? He was a druggie, a violent thug.” Yes, folks, it’s time for another...

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Rash of new abductions of foreigners in Syria
Aug22

Rash of new abductions of foreigners in Syria

IRBIL, Iraq — The posting of a video showing the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, the al-Qaida spinoff that controls much of Iraq and Syria, coincided with a rash of new abductions of foreigners in northern Syria. Two Italian citizens and a Japanese man, who might have been fighting...

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Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years
Aug21

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years By Richard K. Barry The Hollywood Reporter ran an excerpt recently from a new book about Saturday Night Live. It’s actually an update of an old book. Live From New York is by James Andrew Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television critic Tom Shales (due out in September). It adds a couple hundred pages of original material to an earlier history of the...

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An ISIS primer: who, what and when
Aug21

An ISIS primer: who, what and when

An ISIS primer: who, what and when By Shoshana Bryen and Michael Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), currently controls about one-third of Iraq. It is a combination of: • A non-al-Qaeda revival of the al-Qaeda-sponsored Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) organization that tried to take over western Iraq 2003-?2006, and • Sunni Syrian rebel groups...

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