The world according to cartoonist Steve Breen, Creators Syndicate.
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Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices.
In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.”
The world according to cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
The Federal Reserve has taken a consistent position on the “extraordinary measures” it has employed to salvage the stricken U.S. economy: Any withdrawal of the Fed’s support will depend upon progress in the labor market.
By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” So President Obama told Congress in his 2009 State of the Union address, when he called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn’t a horse-race column.
The world as seen by cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, The Clarion-Ledger.
LONDON — Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the U.S. journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come.
Efforts to control the outbreak of Ebola in Africa have gotten so desperate that public-health officials are turning into music producers. The “Ebola Rap,” now trending on Liberian radio, is performed by locally famous hip-hop singers and underwritten by the ministry of health and others, including UNICEF.
Despite the harmful effects of sleep loss on adolescents, many school districts maintain cock-crow start times for high school students. Reasons for the status quo run the gamut from “it’s always been this way” to “it’s too hard to change.” But a national organization of doctors who treat children is weighing in on what it calls a public health issue. We can only hope its definitive call for more sensible schedules will spur school officials to stop making excuses.
The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“Conflict zones can be covered safely,” James Foley told students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2011. “This can be done. But you have to be very careful.”
Forbes magazine recently named Washington, D.C., America’s “Coolest City” for 2014, which is, well, cool. But in many respects, the District of Columbia remains a button-down kind of place — sometimes a little too button-down.
WASHINGTON — What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But that year’s second civil rights act, the Criminal Justice Act, which is 50 years old this month, is, some say, largely a failure because of unanticipated changes in the legal and social context. Is it?