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Obama foreign policy dangerously aimless

Steve Huntley: Obama foreign policy dangerously aimless – Chicago Sun-Times ...
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Another Obama-made Crisis

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Is The Ukraine War All About NATO?

by Jonah Shepp The war between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate as heads of NATO member states arrive in Wales for a summit on the crisis. Russia has announced (NYT) that it is revising its mil...

DHS Watchdog Finds No Misconduct In Treatment of Migrant Children

An investigation into the treatment of the unaccompanied minors detained illegally entering the United States and in the Department of Homeland Security’s custody was unable to substantiate some of the allegations of misconduct made by advocacy groups on June 11. In a memo...

The obligatory “celebrity nudes hacked” post

Intrusions. There’s nothing original to say at this point, but that was also true within five minutes after the story broke. Most of the lessons are obvious. 1. It’s an awful, indefensible invasion of privacy. Everyone agrees with this. 2. Even though everyone agrees, many of us will look at ...

White House Fuzzy on Timing of Obama’s Executive Amnesty

President Obama insists that he still plans to make an executive decision on immigration reform, but his timeline for action grows increasingly convoluted. Obama and his team spent most of the summer previewing his executive action on immigration reform, vowing to fix what they describe as a “broken immigration system” without Congress as soon as possibl...

An Economist Walks into a Bar: TEDx Talk by Robert Litan

Robert Litan delivers a TEDx talk to an audience in Kansas City, August 9, 2014. In this TEDx talk, Robert Litan, a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies, tells the Kansas City a...

Five Hundred Days Remain to Achieve Our Goal of Universal Primary Education

Malala Yousafzai is introduced before her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, July 12, 2013. There are fewer than 500 days before the world reaches its deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. These goals contain a set of targe...

A Half-Baked Idea For A Half-Baked Planet?

The famed evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has a plan to save biodiversity – but it will take about 50 percent of the planet: Throughout the 544 million or so years since hard-shelled animals first appeared, there has been a slow increase in the number of plants and animals on the planet, despite five mass extinction ev...

Washington Post selects Reagan staffer as publisher, but don’t expect change in slant

(Paul Mirengoff) Jeff Bezos has named Fred Ryan to be the Washington Post’s new publisher. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official. He served as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling and as head the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. Near the end of ReaganR...

The Passing Of A Pigeon

by Dish Staff The last passenger pigeon died 100 years ago yesterday. Elizabeth Kolbert mulls over the mystery of the bird’s extinction: In his recent book “Lost Animals: Extinction and the Ph...

Kerry: Let’s put together a coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS

“Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their peoples unite to oppose them.” Well, this sounds a bit like a strategy, does it not? John Kerry’s essay in the New York Times this weekend (in one of the more sleepy news cycles of the year) rai...

Louisiana GOP Files Complaint Against Mary Landrieu Over Taxpayer Funded Campaign Plane Travel

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Republican Party filed a complaint with the Select Committee on Ethics of the U.S. Senate over Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) use of taxpayer funds to pay for charter flights taken to campaign events. It is against the law for members of C...

ISIS Murders Another American

by Jonah Shepp The video Steven Sotloff’s mother made a week ago pleading for his release is so much harder to watch today. vox.com/2014/9/2/60978…— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) September 02, 201...

Our Microbes, Ourselves

Ed Yong reviews the first results from the Home Microbiome Project, which seeks to “map” the ecologies of microbes we carry with us wherever we go. What researchers learned after analyzing six weeks’ worth of participants’ swabs from around their homes: [I]t ra...

FBI probing celebrity nude photo hack

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What a “demilitarized” police force can look like

(Paul Mirengoff) We’ve all seen the pictures presented by those who decry the “militarization” of American police forces. Typically, these pictures juxtapose sophisticated police equipment and weaponry with a crowd that is peacefully demonstrating or just milling about. But what does a “demilitarized” police force look like when the crowd is less peaceful? This video of an angry, jeering mob forcing the police into an ignominious retreat through the...

New Study: Common Core ELA Standards Harms U.S. History Instruction

(Boston, MA) A new study authored by a Founding-era historian, a content expert, and a high school history teacher with standards-writing experience finds that the Common Core will further damage history instruction by including U.S. History in its English language arts (ELA) standards. “...

Legal Challenge to Landrieu Candidacy Filed 2 Minutes After Deadline

The attorney for State Representative Paul Hollis filed his legal challenge to Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) candidacy for the U.S. Senate at 4:32 pm on Friday, two minutes after the 4:30 pm deadline outlined in Louisiana Election Code. The law says the deadline for commencing a legal action objecting to the qualifications of a candidate ends seven days after end of the...

Louisiana GOP Files Complaint in Senate Against Landrieu Over Taxpayer Funded Plane Travel for Campaign

On Tuesday the Louisiana Republican Party filed a complaint with the Select Committee on Ethics of the U.S. Senate over Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) use of taxpayer funds to pay for charter flights taken to campaign events. It is against the la...