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U.S., Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Wednesday and Thursday, a U.S. official said, days after the United States denounced a “dangerous” Chinese jet intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane.

A GOP Wave or a Wipeout?

Sabato, Kondik & Skelley, Politico Magazine

When Mistakes Become Deadly

Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal.
The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.
African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member police force — which responded to peaceful demonstrations by rolling out military-surplus armored…

As Obama’s vacation ends, criticism does not

EDGARTOWN Mass./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Barack Obama discovered over the past two weeks, presidents can run into trouble when their playtime is perceived as detached from the concerns of Americans.

Obama Should Lead a New NATO

Anne Applebaum, Slate
Not long ago, someone asked me about President Obama’s foreign policy “legacy.” I was startled by the question. There are two whole years left, I told my interlocutor; it’s way too early. She seemed surprised that I was surprised: “Can he really do anything significant in only two years?”

Obamacare, Beyond the Label

E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP?
The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.
Pryor’s ad is so soft and personal that it’s almost…