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Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Timing Fuels Critics

Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Timing Fuels Critics

By PETER BAKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

As President Obama returned to his vacation, a firestorm of criticism erupted over what many saw as a callous indifference to the slaughter of James Foley.

He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the links even as a firestorm of criticism erupted over what many saw as a callous indifference to the slaughter he had just condemned.

Presidents learn to wall off their feelings and compartmentalize their lives. They deal in death one moment and seek mental and physical relief the next. To make coldhearted decisions in the best interest of the country and manage the burdens of perhaps the most stressful job on the planet, current and former White House officials said, a president must guard against becoming consumed by the emotions of the situations they confront. And few presidents have been known more for cool, emotional detachment than Mr. Obama.

 
The DNC Knows Everything About You

Learning from the Obama presidential campaigns, the Democrats are rolling out a sophisticated national ground game they hope will get ‘souls to the polls.’

 
The New Editors of the Internet

The New Editors of the Internet

In Silicon Valley, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn't see online.

By Dan Gillmor

In a small number of Silicon Valley conference rooms, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn't see online—without the accountability or culture that has long accompanied that responsibility.

 Guess what, journalism companies? Facebook is going to be your biggest competitor in the long run. Twitter is a media company, too.

 
Yes, Rick Perry Could End Up Doing Time

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Yes, Rick Perry Could End Up Doing Time

Everyone right and left is mocking it. But the Texas governor ignored statutory procedure and acted unilaterally. Sorry, that’s serious.
 
Why US Special Forces failed to rescue James Foley

Why US Special Forces failed to rescue James Foley

By Anna Mulrine

US intelligence officials still know relatively little about the workings of Islamic State militants. James Foley may have been traded by insurgent groups before ending up in IS hands, which complicates the intelligence picture.

 
WashPost: The ‘Redskins’ name is a slur.

The ‘Redskins’ name is a slur. We will no longer use it.

Washington Post Editorial Board 

The Post’s editorial board will no longer use the insulting nickname.

This page has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.

We were impressed this week by the quiet integrity of Mike Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as one of the NFL’s most respected referees. As recounted by Post columnist Mike Wise, Mr. Carey asked the league not to assign him to officiate any Washington games and, since 2006, the league granted his request. He never made any announcement about it. “It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Mr. Carey said.

 
When immigration policy served the national interest

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When immigration policy served the national interest

By Robert W. Patterson

Jeff Sessions, meet Barbara Jordan.

Mr. Sessions, the conservative Republican senator from Alabama, would seem to have little in common with Jordan, the late liberal black Democratic representative from Texas. Yet the Senate Budget Committee’s ranking Republican is channeling the renowned civil rights leader, not merely Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, on immigration. Mr. Sessions and Jordan would agree: Put Americans first.

Appointed by Bill Clinton to chair the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, Jordan articulated that bedrock principle in testimony before Congress in 1995: “It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest."

 
Executions in Gaza of Accused Collaborators

Hamas militants prepared to execute a person suspected of collaborating with Israel on Friday in Gaza City. Credit Reuters

Executions in Gaza of Accused Collaborators

By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN

Witnesses said over a dozen were executed as recent Israeli attacks on Hamas leaders most likely led the militants to send a harsh public message to potential informants.

One day after an intelligence coup enabled Israel to kill three top commanders of Hamas’s armed wing, as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel were fatally shot in public on Friday, in what was seen as a warning to the people of the Gaza Strip.

 
The War on Terror Is Back
 
Missouri governor calls in national guard

Clashes in Ferguson Missouri on eigth night of unrest

Missouri governor calls in national guard

Announcement follows most intense violence since shooting of Michael Brown, with police firing teargas at protesters hours before curfew

The national guard in Missouri is to be deployed to the city of Ferguson after the most intense night of violence since the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, in which police used teargas against protesters hours before a midnight curfew came into effect.

Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, announced in the early hours of Monday that he had signed an executive order directing national guard troops to protect the northern suburb of St Louis from “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson.

“These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes.”

 
Better-paying jobs staging a comeback

Better-paying jobs staging a comeback

Ylan Q. Mui

The recovery in America’s job market is finally spreading to industries with good pay, such as construction and manufacturing, after years of being concentrated in fields with low wages.

Hiring has picked up steam in areas such as construction, manufacturing and professional services in recent months — sectors with a median hourly wage of at least $20. Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created over the past six months have been in high-wage industries, compared with just a quarter during the last half of 2013, according to an analysis by the National Employment Law Project for The Washington Post. Meanwhile, growth in many low-paying jobs has leveled off or even declined.

“I often hear that the recovery is only in low-wage jobs. That is categorically inaccurate,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said in an interview. “This recovery is creating a lot of good jobs.”

If those trends hold, economists say it could mean that the bumpy road back from recession is beginning to even out — particularly if it means that more jobs with better pay can help boost household income.

 
Dirty Politics and Rick Perry
 
Four Liberals Who Find Rick Perry's Indictment 'Sketchy'

Jamie Weinstein

David Axelrod

'The Perry indictment looks like a major overreach'

 
If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008......

If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008......

How different would her foreign policy be from President Obama’s? These questions are clearly more than a thought experiment. If she runs in 2016, potentially the first secretary of state since James Buchanan to ascend to the White House, voters will want to know the answers.

 
The Strange Case Against Rick Perry

The Strange Case Against Rick Perry

By Amy Davidson

t’s possible to feel almost genuinely sorry for the Texas governor, not just pitying, as one did during the G.O.P. primary debates in 2012. 

 
More in Missouri
 
The Five Biggest Lies About Obamacare

The Five Biggest Lies About Obamacare

 

Despite its continued unpopularity, the Affordable Care Act has been a success, and conservative predictions of “death spirals” and huge premium spikes just haven’t come true.
 
Plan to send immigrant kids to New York church draws ire

Plan to send immigrant kids to New York church draws ire

By FRANK ELTMAN

The possibility that a suburban New York church would play host to some of the tens of thousands of immigrant children illegally crossing the United States' border with Mexico to reunite with family is causing an uproar in one Long Island community.

 
Rick Perry’s redemption tour hits a big obstacle

Rick Perry’s redemption tour hits a big obstacle

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political redemption tour hit a massive speed bump late Friday when he was indicted on two felony counts of abusing the powers of his office. The indictment also triggered a Texas-size partisan brawl over whether the charges were legitimate or politically motivated.

Perry (R) is the longest-serving governor in the history of the Lone Star State. The state’s constitution limits the powers of the governor, but longevity has its advantages. Over the past 14 years, Perry has been able to put his stamp on state government through the appointments process in ways that his predecessors, who served far shorter tenures, were never able to do.

Whether he exercised his powers responsibly or recklessly is at the heart of the case now roiling Texas politics and clouding Perry’s future as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. The question ahead is whether this is a clear-cut example of a public official using his powers in a bullying and illegal way or the criminalization of legitimate political activity.

 
As the World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

As the World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

By PETER BAKER

Buffeted by international instability, President Obama has stressed that there are limits to American power.

In this summer of global tumult, the debate in Washington essentially boils down to two opposite positions: It is all President Obama’s fault, according to his critics; no, it is not, according to his supporters, because these are events beyond his control.

Americans often think of their president as an all-powerful figure who can command the tides of history — and presidents have encouraged this image over the years because the perception itself can be a form of power. But as his critics have made the case that Mr. Obama’s mistakes have fueled the turmoil in places like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, the president has increasingly argued that his power to shape these seismic forces is actually limited.

“Apparently,” he said in frustration the other day, “people have forgotten that America, as the most powerful country on earth, still does not control everything around the world.”

 
The Peace Corps’ Awful Secret

The Peace Corps’ Awful Secret

By Tim Mak

The Peace Corps’ inspector general says she can’t oversee the agency properly without access to sex-assault records it refuses to hand over. Why won’t the Peace Corps comply?

 
Kevin Spacey, Hillary Clinton spoof 'House of Cards'

Kevin Spacey, Hillary Clinton spoof 'House of Cards' for Bill Clinton's birthday 

BY Rachel Maresca

The 66-year-old former Secretary of State and the 55-year-old actor engage in a hilarious parody for her husband’s upcoming birthday.

 

 
Germany taps John Kerry phone call, says Der Spiegel

Germany taps John Kerry phone call, says Der Spiegel

German intelligence listened to at least one John Kerry phone call during Middle East peace talks, says German media. When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Germany also listened to at least one of her calls.

Der Spiegel cited unnamed sources as saying security agents at Germany's BND had intercepted Kerry's words when he was in the Middle East negotiating between Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states last year.

 
The High Cost of Police Militarism
 
6 Good Reasons a Black Person Might Resist Arrest

For black men in America, cooperating with the police isn't such a no-brainer.

#1. The idea that "if you didn't do anything wrong, you don't have anything to fear" does not hold true for black people. Most people who end up being exonerated for crimes they served time for, but didn't commit, are people of color. 
 
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