Obama’s Back-to-Work Challenge

David Ignatius, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- It's "back to school" week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called "the vacation from Hell." So perhaps it's a good time to examine what's been going wrong for Obama recently and whether he can fix it.The common complaint of late is that Obama is "disengaged." This has always been somewhat of an issue, given his reticent public style, but the criticism intensified during his Martha's Vineyard holiday. It's an odd critique: Obama works at least as diligently as George W. Bush did during his frequent trips to Texas. Even during this golf-besotted vacation, Obama... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Two Wongs Don’t Make a Right

Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
Racial strife in Missouri. The beheading of an American in the Middle East. Everywhere you look it feels like the world is coming apart at the seams. America’s in a funk. We could some good news -- and a good laugh. But right when we could use it most, we seem to have lost our collective sense of humor. Take this tweet on Sunday afternoon by the British Embassy, for instance. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL — British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014 Look, I get it. Humor is subjective, and not... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

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.

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A GOP Wave or a Wipeout?

Sabato, Kondik & Skelley, Politico Magazine
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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... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

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.
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