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 A board above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average above 17, 000 on  Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

It will be interesting to see whether this study is misrepresented for political gain, obscuring the harder task: finding policies acceptable in the present and beneficial for the future.


Posted at 12:26 p.m.
 Michael Brown Sr., looks over his son's burial vault during the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Normandy, Mo. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9.

Human rights are not contingent upon character reference and background check. So it is immaterial whether Michael Brown was a bad kid. Or, for that matter, a good one.


Posted at 11:57 a.m.
 Brian Replogle receives the Child Advocate of the Year award from Candy Yoder, president and CEO of Child And Parent Services, at the annual Children's Service of Hope event in April 2011.

Hats off to each and every one who had a part, no matter how large or small, in making Elkhart the wonderful community that it is today.


Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
 The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

When Officer Darren Wilson stopped him, did Brown respond with puffed-up attitude? For a young black man, that is a transgression punishable by death.

 President Barack Obama, left, returns a club to the cart while golfing with former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, right, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

In political success, Obama's manner was reassuring. As his failures have multiplied, he seems disconnected and tone-deaf.

 The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a news conference on the steps of the Old Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 12, 2014, in St. Louis about the shooting of Michael Brown Jr in Ferguson, Mo. Behind Sharpton are, from left, Michael Brown Sr., attorney Benjamin Crump, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Let's get this straight. The critics don't want the black citizens of Ferguson to demonstrate. They don't want them to riot. And they don't want them to vote. What are they supposed to do to effect the sort of change they want? Pray?

 Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to dispersed a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as they staged a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by police, last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street, following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market, has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

Back in the 1960s when ghetto riots broke out in cities across the country, the region with the fewest riots was the South, where racial discrimination was greatest and police forces least likely to show restraint.

 This Aug. 7, 2014, photo shows Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., as he speaks to members of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock, Ark. The divisive health care law is losing its political punch. With some 8 million American getting coverage and website problems receding, vulnerable Senate Democrats are embracing their support for the law and Republicans in swing districts are talking pragmatically about fixing, not repealing.
Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. writes that health care reform may not be a winning issue for Republicans after all.

 Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to dispersed a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as they staged a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by police, last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street, following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market, has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Columnists Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk examine the issue of police forces equipped with military-grade equipment.

 President Barack Obama speaks about the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., his second statement to the media during the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Columnist Michael Gerson analyzes President Obama’s approach to the terrorist threat.

 This image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry while being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas.
Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

The case that has embroiled Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a sign of the brokenness of the American political system, writes columnist Leonard Pitts.

 Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, leaves the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center after he was booked, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run.
Posted on Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

The legal case against Rick Perry has faced criticism from Democratic Party corners.

 Rev. Al Sharpton, left, speaks with parents of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, right, during a rally at Greater Grace Church, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for their son who was killed by police last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Sharpton told the rally Brown’s death was a
Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Columnist Steve Chapman answers frequent conservative criticism of blacks’ response to crime.


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 A Kurdish peshmerga fighter stands guard near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Kurdish forces took over parts of the largest dam in Iraq on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. and Iraqi planes aided their advance by bombing militant targets near the facility.

Updated on Aug. 22, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
 Kids at Mary Daly Elementary in Elkhart board buses for their ride home on Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014. The transportation budgets of Elkhart County schools have been hit hard in recent years by reductions brought on by tax caps, and officials and city and county leaders worry proposals in the Indiana legislature to reduce the stateÕs business property tax could lead to yet more cuts.

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.
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Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
 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 Photo/Jim Cole)

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.
 Marshall King takes on the ice bucket challenge

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.
 A community leader tries to get protesters to move back as police attempt to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.
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