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Matt Bai: Obama’s Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expect onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that by failing to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, lawmakers have ceded wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed an egregious presidential overstep. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich, File)Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's presidency

08/28/2014 - 04:49 PM


Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.
08/28/2014 - 06:50 PM


Australia says MH370 'may have turned south earlier than thought'

File photo of co-pilot and crewmen aboard an aircraft while on search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian OceanThe hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "The search area remains the same, but some of the information that we now have suggests to us that areas a little further to the south -- within the search area, but a little further to the south -- are of particular interest and priority in the search area," he said. His comments came as Australia and Malaysia inked a memorandum of understanding in Canberra over the next phase of the hunt for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

08/28/2014 - 04:43 PM


Italy's Renzi aims to lay down marker with justice, school reform

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meets with Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi in BaghdadBy James Mackenzie and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi returned from holiday this week with his customary vim, tweeting that he was back at work on a new plan to speed up Italy's sluggish justice system, reform its schools and spur investment. With Italy in recession for the third time in six years, Renzi badly needs to restore waning international confidence and show that he can finally come good on his repeated pledges to revive the eurozone's third-largest economy. The package of measures to be announced on Friday does not directly address the most visible problems like record youth unemployment or the huge public debt, but officials say it is aimed at shoring up some of the weakest points in Italy's overall economic foundations. "Our main structural deficits involve the justice system, the education system and everyday bureaucracy, so these are the areas that will be addressed," said Filippo Taddei, a senior economic policy expert in Renzi's center-left Democratic Party.

08/28/2014 - 06:51 PM


UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading 'NO DUMPING', amongst rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the Ebola virus, with residence not being allowed to leave West Point, as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Health officials in Liberia said the other two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant, have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

08/28/2014 - 06:49 PM


Spanish economy grows at fastest pace since 2007

Cranes stand idle at an empty shipyard in Vigo due to a loss of orders on April 27, 2012Spain's economy posted its strongest quarterly expansion since 2007 between April and June due to stronger domestic demand, official data showed Thursday, in a further sign of recovery from recession. The Spanish economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest, grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months, the National Statistics Institute said, confirming its preliminary estimate. It is Spain's best quarterly growth figure since the final three-month period of 2007, when the economy grew by 0.7 percent.

08/28/2014 - 06:48 PM


Eurozone loans to private sector still contracting: ECB

The Euro logo is displayed in front of the European Central Bank, ECB in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on August 7, 2014Loans to the private sector in the euro area, a gauge of economic health, fell year-on-year in July, data showed on Thursday, increasing pressure on the European Central Bank to act. The volume of loans to private businesses and households declined by 1.6 percent from the level in the same month in 2013, albeit at a smaller rate than the minus 1.8 percent in June, the ECB said in a statement. The ECB regards M3 money supply as a barometer for future inflation. "Although July's eurozone monetary data showed some further signs of improvement, the bigger picture is that lending is still contracting and the data suggest there is still a significant risk of deflation in the region," said Capital Economics economist Michael Pearce.

08/28/2014 - 06:47 PM


Bates By the Numbers: Boston Condos Listed Under $500K Now Officially Old School

Bates By the Numbers: Boston Condos Listed Under $500K Now Officially Old SchoolHere's the latest installment of Bates By the Numbers, a weekly feature by Boston real estate agent David Bates that drills down into the Hub's housing market to uncover those trends you would not otherwise see. Follow him on Twitter...

08/28/2014 - 06:42 PM


Rent Check: Hyde Square's Old Norbert School Building Returns as Lofts

Rent Check: Hyde Square's Old Norbert School Building Returns as LoftsTenants are moving in this weekend to the new Off Centre Lofts on the old Blessed Sacrament campus off Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain (yet another Boston residential spread carved from an...

08/28/2014 - 06:41 PM


Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victim

Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victimInvestigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.

08/28/2014 - 06:41 PM


Search efforts to resume for missing pilot

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia.

08/28/2014 - 06:39 PM


India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

Indians gather around a table inside a state-owned bank to open their accounts as part of a massive countrywide campaign to open millions of accounts for the poor in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.The measure is aimed at some 150 million Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders. As an incentive the federal government is providing 100,000 rupees ($1,650) in life insurance to every account holder. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.

08/28/2014 - 06:39 PM


Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown Road

Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown RoadA gas leak has shut down Route 611 (Easton Road) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania between Fitzwatertown and Maryland Roads.

08/28/2014 - 06:39 PM


German jobless rate steady as economy stutters

Two job seekers stand in front of the reception at a unemployment centre "Agentur fuer Arbeit" at the district Kreuzberg in Berlin on April 11, 2012Unemployment in Germany remained steady in August, official data showed on Thursday, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy and the eurozone as a whole. The unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent in August after adjustment for seasonal blips, the same rate as in July. Developments on the labour market, however, are still moderately positive," the labour office insisted in a statement. "The German economy shrank in the second quarter.

08/28/2014 - 06:39 PM


Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks

Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of TehranRussia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday to discuss the negotiations with six world powers on a decade-old stand-off over the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions. The talks between Iran and the United States, France, Russia, Britain, China and Germany failed to yield a deal by a July deadline and were extended by four months in view of remaining wide differences in negotiating positions. They are expected to resume in September, with the aim of reaching a settlement by Nov. 24 that would scale back Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions that are severely hurting its oil-dependent economy.

08/28/2014 - 06:39 PM


U.S. air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's VineyardBy Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American forces face formidable challenges as President Barack Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets, concerns about Syria’s air defenses and fears that the militants may have anti-aircraft weapons, current and former U.S. The Pentagon began preparing options for an assault on Islamic State fighters after the militants last week posted a gruesome video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. Deliberations by Obama’s national security team on expanding the campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into neighboring Syria gathered pace in recent days, officials say.

08/28/2014 - 06:37 PM


Bayern visits slumping Schalke in Bundesliga

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2013 file picture AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia, of Morocco, mimics shooting as he celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Catania in Rome's Olympic Stadium. Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich says Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014 it has reached a deal with Roma to sign Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia. Benatia will travel to Munich soon to undergo a medical and is expected to sign a five-year contract. Bayern says it has agreed with Roma not to disclose the terms of the deal. But Italian media reports say Roma was asking between €25 million (US $32.98 million) and €30 million for the defender. Bayern was looking for a defender after Javi Martinez tore knee ligaments, an injury that will keep him sidelined for about six months. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia,file)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Despite predicting that his injury-hit team would struggle in the first half of the season, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich got off to a winning start in its bid to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title.

08/28/2014 - 06:36 PM


Islamic State executes dozens of Syrian army soldiers: monitor

Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa cityIslamic State fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they took hostage after capturing an air base in the northeast of the country, a group monitoring the violence said on Thursday. Islamic State, a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base on Sunday after days of clashes with the army and said it had captured and killed soldiers and officers in one of the fiercest confrontations yet between the two sides. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict using sources on the ground, said the soldiers who were executed had been trying to escape from the airport when they were taken hostage by militant fighters of the Islamic State. A video posted online by Islamic State supporters on Thursday appeared to show members of the group making scores of Syrian army hostages walk and run through the desert in their underwear.

08/28/2014 - 06:34 PM


Indonesia, Australia sign new security agreement

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono greets Australia's Foreign Minister Julie BishopBALI, Indonesia (AP) — Often-testy neighbors Indonesia and Australia signed a new security agreement on Thursday to mend a relationship badly damaged by allegations last year that Australia was listening to the telephone conversations of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife.

08/28/2014 - 06:34 PM


Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 before outbreak stemmed: WHO

An MSF medical worker feeds an Ebola sufferer at an MSF facility in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone on August 15, 2014The World Health Organization said Thursday it aimed to reverse the spread of Ebola within three months, but warned that the caseload in West Africa's epidemic could eventually top 20,000. "It acknowledges that the aggregate case load of (Ebola) could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency," it added.

08/28/2014 - 06:31 PM


Karzai packs up even as Afghan election dispute rumbles on

Afghan President Hamid Karzai pictured during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said Thursday, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor. He is due to move into another house in the city, though it is unclear how active he will be in politics after ruling Afghanistan for 13 turbulent years since the fall of the Taliban regime. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the two candidates vying to succeed Karzai, are stuck in a prolonged stalemate over who won the June 14 election, which has been engulfed in allegations of massive fraud.

08/28/2014 - 06:30 PM


Police commissioner quits Labour, clings to job over abuse scandal

Some 1,400 children in Rotherham were abused by gangs of men over a 16-year period, a report revealedSouth Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner quit the Labour Party Thursday but refused to bow to calls for him to leave his job as anger over the Rotherham abuse scandal grew. Shaun Wright has faced growing pressure to step down from his £85,000-a-year post after a damning report said that some 1,400 young people had been sexually exploited in the Yorkshire town over a 16-year period. The alleged abuse relates to a period between 1997 and 2013 and Wright was the Rotherham cabinet member responsible for children's services between 2005 and 2010 before becoming a PCC in 2012. In a statement Thursday Wright said he had formally tendered his resignation from the Labour Party but remained "committed" to his job as commissioner.

08/28/2014 - 06:29 PM


Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North Philadelphia

Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a deadly shooting that led to a partial house collapse in North Philadelphia.

08/28/2014 - 06:25 PM


Platini says he will not challenge Blatter at FIFA

FIFA president Joseph Blatter (left) talks to UEFA president Michel Platini during the 64th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo on June 11, 2014UEFA president Michel Platini announced Thursday that he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football's world body but made a new call for Blatter to stand down when his term ends. The 59-year-old French football legend said he would concentrate on a new term as head of Europe's governing body instead of taking on Blatter. His decision leaves the path open for Blatter, 78, to win a fifth four-year term in charge of FIFA in an election next year. "I thought long and hard, but never managed to convince myself during these months of reflection that I had to go to FIFA for these elections.

08/28/2014 - 06:24 PM


Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A

SSC Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, right, laments after his team lose their match 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao, during their Champions League playoff second leg soccer match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)ROME (AP) — The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences.

08/28/2014 - 06:21 PM


US parents sue FIFA over safety concerns on headers

A group of American parents is suing FIFA to force it to limit the number of times young soccer players can head the ballA group of American parents is suing FIFA to force it to limit the number of times young soccer players can head the ball. The class action suit was filed Wednesday in California to demand more protection from concussions, and also names as defendants the United States Soccer Federation and the US Youth Soccer Association. "FIFA and each defendant acted carelessly and negligently in their positions as the regulatory bodies for soccer and soccer players," the complaint alleges.

08/28/2014 - 06:21 PM


Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

08/28/2014 - 06:21 PM


Girl kidnapped, sexually abused testifies against day care worker

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters, charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details.

08/28/2014 - 06:10 AM


USC football player admits he lied about heroic act, retains a lawyer

USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw's admission follows L.A.P.D.'s report of ongoing investigation.

01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM


Ex-GOP official admits he was paid to support candidate

In this Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013, after investigator Mark Weinhardt’s report concluded Sorenson likely broke ethics rules in receiving $7,500 in monthly income from Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s, R-Minn., political action committee and presidential campaign in exchange for working as Bachmann’s state chair in 2011. The state senator received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to support Paul, and eventually received $73,000 in payments that may be linked to Paul’s campaign, the independent investigator has found. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)Former Iowa official deserted 2012 presidential candidate Bachmann to endorse rival Paul.

08/28/2014 - 03:49 AM


Missouri governor names new public safety director

Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan IsomMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

08/28/2014 - 05:59 AM


Staffer on TV's 'Cops' fatally shot by police

Videographer was shot and killed by police gunfire while filming armed robbery.

01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM


Russia directs new offensive in Ukraine: U.S.

Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on roadside as they are waiting for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Heavy shelling hit a town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.

08/28/2014 - 03:49 AM


On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew

People wave European Union and Moldavian national flagsAnother crisis on Ukraine’s borders may be brewing — this time on the west, in tiny Moldova.

08/28/2014 - 12:14 AM


Mom pleads for U.S. journalist's release

Shirley Sotloff pleads with Islamic State leader to release sonMother of Steven Sotloff, held hostage by ISIL, made plea in video aimed at his captors.

08/28/2014 - 06:22 AM


Afghans face Taliban test in 2015, U.S. military leader says

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

08/28/2014 - 02:42 AM


Israeli PM Netanyahu declares victory in Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 24, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in the costal city of Tel AvivJERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

08/28/2014 - 03:59 AM


U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

Coast Guard personnel are seen on their boat as they arrive back in Miami BeachA U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.

08/28/2014 - 01:37 AM


McDonnell daughter: Mom had 'mild obsession' with exec

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin YoungThe eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.

08/28/2014 - 07:01 AM


US F-15 fighter crashes in Va.

Photos of the day - July 15, 2014Officials say jet, based in Mass., went down near Deerfield. Va.; pilot's fate not known.

08/28/2014 - 09:20 AM



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