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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.

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Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

Perry Says Ground Troops Must Be An Option Against Iraq Militants

The Texas governor exploring a 2016 presidential bid says the Islamic State is too big of a threat to take direct intervention off the table.

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Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.

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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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Lawyers, Ready Your Pens: November Elections Could Mean Recounts

With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.

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With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

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Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.

State House Roundup: Now For The Hard Part

August 22, 2014

A tinge of fall in the air, a wisp of urgency on the campaign trail, the fleeting days of summer ushering forth a new reality for candidates across Massachusetts: The bell has been rung.

Week In Review: James Foley, Police Militarization, Governor’s Race

August 22, 2014
After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP)

We’ll talk about the death of journalist James Foley, concern about police militarization, the race for governor, and the race for attorney general.

L.A. Considers Cash Prizes To Combat Dismal Voter Turnout

August 22, 2014
Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The city’s ethics commission has supported a plan to use a random drawing to reward people who come to the ballot box.

Supporters Of Haiti’s Former President Try To Block His Arrest

August 22, 2014
Supporters of former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide hold pictures of Aristide during a protest outside his residence on August 21, 2014 in Port-au-Prince to prevent any attempt to arrest him. Aristide, accused of corruption, money laundering, illicit drug trafficking, is now the subject of an order of arrest after failing to answer a summons to appear in court on August 13th. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who returned to Haiti in 2011 after years of exile, is accused of corruption and drug trafficking.

John Binienda, Longtime Mass. Lawmaker, Dies At 67

August 22, 2014

The death of the 28-year member of the state House of Representatives was announced Friday by Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr.

Week In The News: Ferguson Simmers, An ISIS Beheading, West Africa's Ebola Crisis

August 22, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. (AP)

The National Guard and Eric Holder in Ferguson. ISIS beheads an American journalist. Texas Governor Rick Perry gets a mug shot. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

In Mass. AG Race, Candidates Square Off Over Gun Control, Experience

August 22, 2014
Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general Warren Tolman, left, and Maura Healey. (Courtesy of the campaigns)

The two Democrats in the state’s attorney general race both support scanning technology for new handguns, but the candidates attempt to distinguish their own approaches to violence.

Conflict And Common Ground: The Story Of An Unlikely Friendship

August 22, 2014
Noam Waksman: "If Hani and I had grown up in Palestine and Israel respectively, the boundaries between us would have been numerous, institutional, and tangible." An Israeli supporter shouts at right, as Palestinian supporters shout at, left, during a rally near the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (Susan Walsh/AP)

If Hani and I had grown up in Palestine and Israel respectively, the boundaries between us would have been numerous, institutional and tangible.

AG’s Settlement With Lobbyist Draws Scrutiny

August 21, 2014

Secretary of State William Galvin says Attorney General Martha Coakley settlement with the lobbying firm run by John Brennan “raises more questions than it answers.”

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Plan For Coal Ash

August 21, 2014
Didi Fung, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, collects water samples from the Dan River, Feb. 5, 2014, as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Documents and interviews collected by The Associated Press show how Duke’s lobbyists prodded Republican legislators to tuck a 330-word provision in a regulatory reform bill running nearly 60 single-spaced pages. Though the bill never once mentions coal ash, the change allowed Duke to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Six months after a coal ash spill, state lawmakers have approved a plan to regulate the ashes left over from burning coal.

District Profile: Michigan’s 11th Congressional Race

August 21, 2014
In Michigan's 11th congressional district, Republican businessman David Trott (right) will take on Democrat Bobby McKenzie (left). (Campaign photos)

In this week’s installment of District Profiles, we look at the race between Democrat Bobby McKenzie and Republican David Trott.

The Bloody Extremities Of ISIS

August 21, 2014
In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

An American is beheaded. We’ll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

Gaza, Iraq, Syria And The Construction Of Empathy

August 21, 2014
Do we care about some conflicts more than others? Pictured: Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a new camp outside the old camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Why do we care about some conflicts more than others?

Reflecting On The Life Of Executed New Hampshire Journalist Jim Foley

August 20, 2014
A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley. (Jim Cole/AP)

The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday that Foley was beheaded by militants in Syria.

A Look At How Obama Has Navigated Racial Tensions

August 20, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a press briefing at the Edgartown School on August 14, 2014 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, spoke about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq. (Rick Friedman/Getty Images)

As calls grow for the president to visit Ferguson, Peter O’Dowd reports it’s the latest step in a long journey navigating racial tensions.

Obama: World ‘Appalled’ By Killing Of James Foley

August 20, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley, on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, August 20, 2014. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, the president commented on the video showing the killing of journalist James Foley by ISIS militants.

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