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Urban Outfitters Sells ‘Vintage’ Kent State Massacre Sweatshirt



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Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has never let good taste affect its brand, so its latest offering is little surprise:

“Washed soft and perfectly broken in, this vintage Kent State sweatshirt is cut in a loose, slouchy fit,” read the online ad for the product, which has been removed from the store’s site following social-media backlash. “Excellent vintage condition. We only have one, so get it or regret it!”

The faded blood spatter is supposed to hearken back to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, in which Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four university students and wounded nine others. Students at Kent State had been protesting the Cambodian Campaign in the Vietnam War, announced days earlier by President Nixon. The exact circumstances of the “Kent State Massacre” remain contentious.

According to Asawin Suebsaeng, deputy social-media editor at the Daily Beast, Urban Outfitters is denying that the sweatshirt was supposed to recall the incident. Suebsaeng posted to his Twitter account a statement from a company spokesperson:

The retailer has brooked controversy in the past. In 2010, the company put on sale a shirt that read “Eat Less.” Earlier this year, Urban Outfitters removed from its store a T-shirt with the word “depression” written repeatedly.

Via International Business Times.

Why Sweden’s Election Matters for American Conservatives



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Sweden yesterday elected the biggest center-right majority in its history. It’s problem is that it doesn’t know it.

While the three main left-wing parties won more votes than the four main center-right parties, they also received their lowest share of the vote in Swedish history. Even if you add in the very left-wing Feminist Initiative, which did not win enough votes to get into their Parliament, the Swedish Left still got only 46.8 percent. That means the Left failed to get a majority of the vote for the third straight election, the first time that has happened since universal suffrage was introduced.

The center-right won’t form the new government, however, because the anti-immigration, working-class populist party, the Sweden Democrats, more than doubled their share of the vote to 12.9 percent. The traditional center-right parties, whose bases come from the educated and rural farming classes, have refused to deal with the SDs, thereby depriving themselves of a potential majority.

This matters for America because the rise of working-class populism is the defining feature of politics worldwide. Working-class populist parties or movements draw votes away from center-left parties and align them in nationalist, pro-market parties that also support social-safety-net programs and oppose immigration. Center-right parties that are, like Sweden’s, unwilling to work with this new force either find themselves out of power or forced into left-right alliances that favor “grand bargains” over real reform. Neither option should appeal to American conservatives.

American conservatives would recognize a lot in their European working-class kin. Working-class populist party voters typically distrust government and established leaders a lot. In yesterday’s election, 64 percent of Swedes said they trusted politicians “very much” or “a lot.” But only 26 percent of Sweden Democrat voters said that. Polls in Britain show that people who support that nation’s working-class populist party, UKIP, have similar disdain for the political class.

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In Defense of Christians



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Andrew Doran is executive director of In Defense of Christians (IDC), an organization that made news headlines last week when Texas senator Ted Cruz’s keynote speech at a conference held by the group took some unexpected turns. Doran, a former State Department official, talks with National Review Online about the Cruz incident but more so about the meeting of Arab Christians last week in Washington, D.C., why it was important, what came of it, and what might be to come.

Kathryn Jean Lopez: We have to start with the elephant in the room: What happened with Ted Cruz the other night?  

Andrew Doran: It’s unfortunate that Senator Cruz was booed. But what’s more unfortunate is that he chose to make a summit of and for Middle Eastern Christians about something other than a summit about Middle Eastern Christians. The summit to that point, from the National Press Club to Capitol Hill, had been replete with positive references to “our Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters.” When Mr. Cruz mentioned solidarity with Jews at the beginning of the speech, he was applauded. (This was omitted from the video footage circulating but may be found here.) But what is more unfortunate is that he chose to politicize a highly complicated and volatile subject while Christians are being systematically eradicated. The sense of nearly every person in the room, no matter what their background or affiliation, was that it was designed to bait the audience; sadly, some attendees took the bait. Many of those present had come out of the Middle East at great personal risk to their flocks and families. Any statesman (or decent human being) would’ve appreciated this. A true statesman would meet with religious leaders and hear what they had to say. As Bishop Angaelos said on Fox News after the summit, Cruz seemed to lack empathy for those in the room whose loved ones suffer persecution. 

Over the last several years, I’ve had many conversations with Christians from the Middle East about Israel and their views land anywhere on a broad spectrum of opinion. Some are sympathetic but can’t say so because to do so would put their lives at risk; it should be sufficient to say that minorities tend to be sympathetic to other minorities. Others remember being forced to leave their villages in Palestine never to return. And still others are proud citizens of Israel. So there must be more options for Middle Eastern Christians than outspoken support for Israel and anti-Semitism. The Middle East is complicated and nuanced, whether politicians want it that way or not. That’s why serious statesmen are measured in their remarks: When they’re not, it puts lives at risk. 
 

Lopez: What had been your goal for the night?

Doran: Cruz’s talk was supposed to have been, “Religious Freedom and Human Dignity: Religious Persecution of Christians, Unity with the Persecuted Church.” Obviously, he went off script. Our goal for the summit was to achieve a sense of unity among the many hundreds of Middle Eastern Christians who attended. In an unexpected way, Cruz helped the summit to achieve this, but it would’ve been better had he not spoken — especially for those who had to return to the Middle East. Still, the outpouring from our Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters has been overwhelmingly positive. The summit was historic and a huge success from start to finish. 
 

Lopez: How were you hoping Cruz would factor into that?

Doran: We were hoping that he would discuss the plight of Christians and how America ought to stand with them. Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church had, I think, the best response: 

Having spoken at this IDC Summit on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and particularly in Iraq and Syria, I take personal exception to sweeping statements made about those in attendance as exercising “bigotry and hatred…against Jews and Israel”. In light of the current very real challenges, this is not a time for such divisive and inflammatory language that demonizes communities and causes rifts between them when their collaboration is most needed.
 

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Web Briefing: September 17, 2014

Rallying the United Nations in Defense of Christians



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Thank you, Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, for taking this ad out in the New York Times today:

CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE MUST END
Children are being beheaded, women are being raped, men are being crucified, and Christians are being forced to “convert or die.” This is the essence of radical Islam: the barbarians even kill Muslims, as well as Christians, Jews, and others who are not like them. To make sure the homes they destroy are the right ones—the Christian ones—they mark them with an “N.” It means Nazarene. We’ve seen that kind of branding before in Nazi Germany.

The United Nations General Assembly convenes tomorrow. It needs to act on Resolution 2170, unanimously passed on August 15 by the Security Council. It invokes Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter authorizing a military response. Islamic State terrorists need to be stopped, not contained. If the caliphate is not crushed, the United States risks being bombed again.

Resolution 2170 calls for sanctions to be levied against those who are financing, arming, planning, and recruiting these jihadists. It calls for asset freezes, travel bans, and an arms embargo. The United Nations must now make good on its pledge. More must be done: The United Nations should initiate proceedings in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

The Obama administration needs to give the Kurds, the Iraqis, and all those who are willing to fight the terrorists, the arms they need to win. We are not fighting criminals—we are fighting Islamic State savages who have engaged in acts of war. What is at stake is the preservation of Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian ethos upon which it was built.

The Catholic Church rightly eschews a military response to conflict, but there are times when a “just war” is necessary. That time is now. Either the forces of peace and freedom will prevail, or the forces of death and totalitarianism will triumph. The international community, led by the United States, must act now.

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Lowry: Obama Has ‘Failed on His Promise as the Most Transparent Administration Ever’



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Charles Barkley Defends Adrian Peterson: ‘Every Black Parent in the South’ Whips Their Kids



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Former NBA star Charles Barkley defended NFL player Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on child-abuse charges this weekend, saying that “every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

The Minnesota Vikings running back turned himself into Texas authorities early Saturday morning after disciplining his four-year-old son with a tree branch, a beating that left wounds requiring medical attention on the child’s legs. 

But despite outrage from many sports commentators, including retired quarterback “Boomer” Esiason, Barkley spoke up for Peterson during an NFL pregame show broadcast Sunday morning on CBS.

“I’m from the South,” he told Jim Rome. “I understand Boomer’s rage and anger. But we have to accept — listen, he’s a white guy, I’m a black guy. I don’t know where he’s from, I’m from the South. Whipping is — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

“We spank kids in the South,” he continued. “I think the question about, did Adrian Peterson go overboard? But listen Jim, we all grew up in different environments.”

“Listen, I don’t want to tell anyone how to raise their kids, and I don’t really want anyone telling me how to raise my kids,” Rome countered. “But let’s make a distinction between child rearing and child abuse. That was child abuse. There’s no fine line here.”

“I think there’s a fine line,” Barkley said. “I’ve had many welts on my legs, I got beat with switches. And I don’t even like to use the term, when the media talks about it and somebody calls it on television, beating a child,’ . . . We called it ’spanking’ or ‘whipping’ our kids.”

Via Mediaite.

Hillary’s Unfixable Problem



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Bill Clinton poses a serious problem for his wife Hillary’s presidential candidacy.  More important, the Clinton’s ill-starred power-sharing arrangement will become a significant problem for America should Hillary gain the presidency.  The Clintons’ Sunday appearance at Tom Harkin’s Iowa steak fry signaled more than the unofficial kickoff of Hillary’s presidential campaign.  It was also the de facto announcement of a second Clinton co-presidency-in-waiting.

Saturday’s Washington Post featured a front-page above-the-fold article on Hillary’s return to Iowa.  It purported to analyze the reasons for her devastating loss there in 2008, yet there was no mention of the specter of a Clinton co-presidency and the damage this did six years ago.  We’ve largely forgotten how big a stumbling block this issue was for Hillary’s first national campaign.

Bill did his best to stay out of the limelight in 2007, until Hillary ran into trouble during the early going in Iowa.  At first, Bill’s attempts to shore up her position with personal appearances helped.  Many Democrats actually yearned for a Clinton co-presidency and even supported Hillary largely because of Bill.  In time, however, Bill began to overshadow Hillary, raising questions about her independence and how the two might govern as a couple in the White House.

The trouble began during a joint appearance at an Iowa grocery store in December of 2007, when Bill drew away all the press attention, leaving Hillary alone and confused.  That became the story, and soon prompted a broader discussion of the co-presidential problem, even among liberals.  Here are some excerpts from a Eugene Robinson column in The Washington Post after the incident:

[Hillary] realized that Bill had departed from the script and wandered off to another part of the store, and cameras caught her scanning the aisles with a look of sheer terror…He ended up drawing more attention to himself than the candidate—which is in keeping with his formal campaign speeches… He talks more about himself than about his wife—at a ratio of about 9 to 1…The episode shows what Hillary Clinton might face in the White House…Is Bill Clinton capable of following any script?  Since the Constitution provides for one president, not two, could he find a way to live in the White House that wasn’t all about him?

Now have a look at the account of the Clintons’ appearance at Harkin’s Iowa steak fry in today’s New York Times:

But as is often the case wherever Mr. Clinton goes, what amounted to the unofficial start of the next Iowa presidential caucuses was as much about the Clinton who already served as president as the one who appears to have designs on the office…The Harkins sought to make it clear that, while the Clintons were co-headliners, it was Mrs. Clinton who was to be the focal point…Yet for all the effort to shine a rhetorical light on Mrs. Clinton, it was Mr. Clinton who seemed most happy to be back on the grand stage of presidential politics.

There is more along these lines in the article.  For a full-scale analysis of the Clintons’ co-presidential problem, consult my new piece on the topic for the Claremont Review of Books.  Hillary’s Bill problem isn’t going away, and it can’t be fixed.

We’ve taken the phenomenon of “the Clintons” for granted.  That is a mistake.  There’s a reason the Founders soundly rejected the idea of a “plural executive.”  The first Clinton co-presidency was a fiasco, and there’s every reason to believe that a second Clinton co-presidency would be just as much of a problem, if not more so.  Yet that is where we are headed, should Hillary take the prize.

 

Fund: Hillary Will Campaign in More Places this Fall than Obama



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Scottish Independence: The Queen Speaks



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The Queen attended a church service near her home in Scotland yesterday, accompanied by Prince Charles and Prince William. In case that was too subtle for some, after the service Her Majesty “took the highly unusual step of stopping to converse with wellwishers outside the church — while aides pointedly invited surprised photographers to come and take pictures of her exchanges with the locals.”

One exchange is making quite a bit of news. From the Daily Mail:

The Queen yesterday issued an extraordinary call for caution in the Scottish independence referendum, urging Scots to consider ‘carefully’ whether they want to leave the United Kingdom.

In the strongest indication yet that Her Majesty wants the Union to stay together, she told a member of the public: ‘I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.’

Her remark came after she made what was seen as a carefully choreographed and highly symbolic appearance at a final church service in Scotland before Thursday’s knife-edge poll.

More:

Buckingham Palace did not deny she had made the remark, and insisted she was entirely impartial in constitutional matters. But No campaigners were in little doubt that the Queen, who is thought to be strongly in favour of the Union, had made a deliberate effort to send voters a message about the magnitude of breaking up the UK.

True, chatting with folks after church is not issuing a royal proclamation from the throne, or even a press release. It is soft power. But it is very powerful nonetheless.

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at twitter.com/MichaelRStrain.

An Electoral Alternative Rises in Germany



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Sweden wasn’t the only European country where anti-establishment forces had a surprisingly good election yesterday.

In Germany, the anti-Euro Alternative for Deutschland (AFD) party is only one year old, but it has won enough votes to enter its third state parliament. In May, AFD sent members to the European Parliament for the first time. Yesterday, it won 10 percent of the vote in Thuringia, central Germany, and 12 percent in Brandenburg, the region surrounding Berlin that includes Potsdam.

Merkel, whose Christian Democratic party governs with the left-wing Social Democrats, has finally admitted that the rise of the AFD is “a problem.” The upstart party has now added other issues to its opposition to the Euro, including calls for greater discipline in schools, family-friendly policies intended to rejuvenate Germany’s aging society, and reforms of loose immigration policies.

Bernd Lucke, the AFD’s leader, is particularly critical of Merkel’s decision to give in to demands from the Turkish minority in Germany and relax restrictions on dual citizenship. “Dual citizenship is a Trojan horse that opens the door to fanaticized and brutalized holy warriors,” he recently told audiences.

Ship Chaplain Wanted



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In times of yore, alas, no more, cruise lines had Catholic chaplains on ships, an acknowledgement to the days of obligation we papists (practicing) hold dear. So NR will bring a Catholic chaplain along on the Post-Election Cruise. Not having one readily available, I ask: If you are a padre in good standing and game to handle a temporary flock at sea for seven days, contact me at [email protected]. Cruise dates are November 9th to the 16th, from Ft. Lauderdale, and you can find complete information about the voyage at www.nrcruise.com. The inspirational picture above, by the way, is of St. Brendan the Navigator celebrating Easter Mass on the back of a whale, mistaken at first for an island.

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Monday links



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Ohio Amish Barn Raising: 10 hours in real life, 3.5 minute time-lapse video.

William Howard Taft was born 157 years ago today – here are 9 tips for planning a birthday party for him.

This Rube Goldberg Machine Runs On Light.

Scientists name newly discovered extinct swamp-dwelling creature after Mick Jagger because big lips.

12 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks Made Possible with Aluminum Foil.

If Superheroes Did Commercials.

ICYMIFriday’s links are here, including scientific diagrams circa 1850, really awkward album covers, battle of Baltimore (inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner) 200th anniversary, and naked mole rats.

Obama to Up USA Response to Ebola



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This is the right thing to do, both for the suffering people of Africa and to keep us safer from the Ebola virus.

Media Internships in DC



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Want a paid media internship in DC early next year? Opportunities here.

Growth Beats Inequality



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William A. Galston’s column from last week reports some interesting polling data on economic growth and income inequality.

Surveys of 3,000 Americans conducted between January and March of 2014 by the Global Strategy Group found that fully 78% thought that it was important for Congress to promote an agenda of economic growth that would benefit all Americans. Support for policies that help the middle class and bolster equal opportunity for everyone were also highly rated. Strategies to spread wealth more evenly and reduce income inequality received the least support; 53% believe that fostering economic growth is “extremely important,” compared with only 30% who take that view about narrowing income inequality.

The Global Strategy Group even found a substantial level of agreement about the way to promote growth. A majority of all Americans endorsed policies to make college more affordable, modernize our infrastructure, provide additional job training for workers, invest more in basic research, technological development and K-12 education, and reduce outsourcing by American companies. They favor policies that would raise wages and increase fairness—if those policies boost growth.

These views have political consequences. By 59% to 37%, Global Strategy Group found that Americans prefer a candidate who focuses on economic growth to one who emphasizes economic fairness. By a remarkable margin of 64 percentage points (80% to 16%), they opt for a candidate who focuses on more economic growth to one who emphasizes less income inequality.

(Bold mine.) Conservatives can, should, and — to some extent — are getting behind policies to decrease the cost of college, raise workers’ skills, make work pay, and fix K-12 education. And some of us, including me, have written about a conservative approach to infrastructure. These efforts aren’t limited to writers and researchers. Recent proposals by Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Mike Lee deserve special attention.

This body of ideas is (at least the start of) a pro-growth agenda — exactly the kind of agenda (at least in spirit) that the survey respondents claim to want. It is not the left’s agenda, which focuses on “economic fairness” and narrowing income inequality.

And it’s an agenda that’s better for the country, as Americans seem to understand.

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at twitter.com/MichaelRStrain.

Hollywood’s Glamorous Illnesses



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The Washington Post has an op-ed today by Lillie Lainoff, a sophomore at Yale, on 2014’s “Hollywood obsession” with teenagers with fatal diseases.

Ms. Lainoff suffers from “an autonomic nervous system disorder called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) that causes extreme dizziness, fatigue and other debilitating symptoms,” and her description of life with that disease is sobering.

My mom would wake me up at 7 each morning to lift my legs in the air so the blood that had pooled in my feet, a side effect of the disorder, could more easily make its way back to my heart. Instead of spending my time between classes talking to friends, I hid in the bathroom to take blood-pressure medication, upwards of 20 pills a day. As time went on, I spent less time at school and more at home, in my bed, too exhausted to move.

She contrasts her experience, and the experiences of others she has met along the way, with the absurd fictional accounts currently being churned out by Hollywood.

Her conclusion, referencing a character in a new television show:

At the end of the pilot, Charlie says: “Everyone thinks that when you go to a hospital, life stops. But it’s just the opposite. Life starts.”

After hearing those words, I wanted to cry. Life does not start when you go to a hospital. If you’re lucky enough to have a non-terminal illness, life continues, in a warped version that includes more pain and obstacles than any young person should have to experience.

You can read her entire op-ed here.

I bring this to your attention because I’ve heard from a number of folks lately who either are or have been really sick — young and old alike. They describe how appalled they are with Hollywood’s recent treatment of serious illness. (For some good examples, read Ms. Lainoff’s op-ed.) Count me among them.

Film and television — when done well — can help the sick make it through what can often be unbearable hardships, providing hope and guidance and, sometimes, even information. Alternatively, they can cheapen and trivialize the real suffering of others.

Hollywood seems to be opting for the latter.

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at twitter.com/MichaelRStrain.

Jim Baker: Russia (and Iran) Need to Be Part of Long-Term Solution in Middle East



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Longtime White House official James Baker, whose service in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations saw a string of foreign-policy successes that stand in marked contrast to the uninterrupted failures of U.S. statecraft since the start of the 21st century, made clear Sunday that Russia, and by extension its clients such as Iran, will have to be part of the “longer term” solution to the Sunni Islamist rising characterized by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL). But he cautioned that Iranian participation “at this point” would alienate potential Sunni Muslim allies.

“Who are our ‘partners on the ground’ that the president referred to in his speech?” Baker asked rhetorically on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I don’t know where they come from.”

Host Chuck Todd pointed out that Baker brought Baathist Syria, then ruled by Hafez al-Assad, into the coalition against Baathist Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War. Baker acknowledged that Syria, in exchange for a free hand in occupying Lebanon over the next 15 years, provided troops and “some of those troops fought.”

Baker cautioned against bringing Iran immediately into a coalition against the Islamic State “for this purpose,” however, for fear of creating the perception that the United States is “jumping in on the side of the Shia.” But he added that a coalition “in the long term” would need to include Russia, which acts as a patron to both Iran and Bashar al-Assad’s Syria.

“Every country in the region, and in the world for that matter, would like to see us take out ISIS,” Baker said. “But after that’s over, there’s going to be more coming if we don’t do this. We need to pull all the nations in the region together. We need to add the EU, Russia, China, and of course ourselves. And have a discussion and a conference and a negotiation over how we empower the moderate forces in the region, how we limit the extremists in the region, and how we do all this without inflaming the Shia-Sunni conflict.”

Baker did not address the fact that of all potential short-term partners against the Islamic State, only Syria, Iran, and Shiite Hezbollah have shown fighting spirit and ability.

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Kerry: Some Countries Have Offered Ground Troops to Fight ISIS, but We’re Not Interested



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Secretary of State John Kerry declined to get into specifics about what sort of help the U.S. could expect from other countries in its fight against the Islamic State, but he said there is one kind of assistance he is not seeking: ground troops.

In an interview airing on Sunday, Kerry told Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, “We’re not looking to put troops on the ground.”

“There are some who have offered to do so,” he said, “but we are not looking for that at this moment anyway.”

“Do you really think you can destroy ISIL without troops on the ground?” Schieffer asked.

“There are troops on the ground that don’t belong to us — they’re called Syrian,” Kerry said, adding that the Obama administration plans to provide training and equipment, as well as air support, to those groups.

“I can’t tell you whether some other country in the neighborhood will or won’t decide to put some people in there,” Kerry said. “We know the United States is not going to do that.”

Some Democratic senators have come out against the administration’s plans with regard to Syria. Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said last week that he could not support a strategy of training and arming Syrian rebels. And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), appearing on Face the Nation, said, “Certain strategies I don’t support: I don’t think arming the rebels in this instance is necessarily going to be productive.”

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Klobuchar: Goodell Should Step Down; Vikings Handled Abuse Case Differently Than Ravens



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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D., Minnesota) said Sunday that her home team did a better job of handling the Adrian Peterson case than the Baltimore Ravens did in responding to the domestic-violence case against running back Ray Rice. But she repeated her suggestion that National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell may have to resign.

“There could be many factual situations in which he should step down,” Klobuchar told host Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union.

Klobuchar has been a vocal critic of the league’s handling of Rice, who was given a two-day suspension by the league in July after a New Jersey prosecutor allowed him to plead out on an aggravated-assault charge related to a February incident with his fiancée, on condition that he enter a pre-trial intervention program. The Ravens released Rice this month after the release of surveillance video from the now-defunct Revel casino in Atlantic City showing Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious. Klobuchar has previously said Goodell “lied” and “covered up” information in the case.

The Gopher State Democrat applauded the Minnesota Vikings for taking quick action against running back Adrian Peterson, however, after Crowley apologetically raised the topic at the end of her appearance. Peterson was charged in Texas last week with horrific abuse of his four-year-old son, and Klobuchar applauded the team for its prompt action.

“This is a four-year-old child,” she said. “I’m very glad. . . . What the Vikings have done is they immediately deactivated him. He’s not playing in the game today with the Patriots. And I’m sure they’re looking at the evidence, gathering it, hearing what he has to say, but mostly looking at the pictures that are out there and everything. And they will make a decision and the prosecutor will pursue the case. Again, this is a four-year-old boy.”

Klobuchar made no mention of either Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti or Vikings owner Zygi Wilf. The Vikings lead the NFL in alleged criminality, according to new statistics from the Washington Post, which lists 44 arrests of Minnesota players since 2000, well ahead of the Ravens and such notorious clubs as the Oakland Raiders.

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Kerry: Okay, We Can Call It ‘War’ if You Want



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Secretary of State John Kerry reluctantly got on board with the Obama administration’s message that we are at war, in a sense, with the Islamic State. In an interview that aired this morning on CBS’s Face the Nation, Kerry addressed the fact that his rejection of the term to describe the U.S. action against the Islamic State was at odds with subsequent statements from the administration.

“There’s frankly a kind of tortured debate going on about terminology,” Kerry said. “If people need to find a place to land, in terms of what we did in Iraq, originally, this is not a war, this is not combat troops on the ground, it’s not hundreds of thousands of people, it’s not that kind of mobilization.”

“But,” he continued, “in terms of al-Qaeda, which we have used the word ‘war’ with, yeah, we are at war with al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and in the same context, if you want to use it, yes we’re at war with ISIL in that sense. But I think it’s a waste of time to focus on that.”

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