With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
Thousands of people joined a second night of protests Tuesday in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of Mike Brown.
Angry about the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, college students and activists stormed District streets and converged in front of the White House on Monday night to protest.
 
 
 
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Dec 19, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: The fall interns visit The Washington Post. From left, Lucas Daprile, Rocky Asutsa, Kara Mason, Sean McMinn, Ayana Stewart, Wesley Juhl and Lorain Watters. SHFWire photoClick on photo to enlarge or download: The fall interns visit The Washington Post. From left, Lucas Daprile, Rocky Asutsa, Kara Mason, Sean McMinn, Ayana Stewart, Wesley Juhl and Lorain Watters. SHFWire photoSemester in Washington is on break. The new interns arrive in mid-January, and will begin reporting and filing stories then.

Wesley Juhl Dec 16, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Robin Wright, left, a Wilson Center scholar and a former Washington Post reporter, says the war between Bashar Al-Assad and rebel groups in Syria should have gotten more attention. She spoke Wednesday about underreported news from the Middle East with journalists Greg Ip and Elisabeth Bumiller. SHFWire photo by Wesley JuhlClick on photo to enlarge or download: Robin Wright, left, a Wilson Center scholar and a former Washington Post reporter, says the war between Bashar Al-Assad and rebel groups in Syria should have gotten more attention. She spoke Wednesday about underreported news from the Middle East with journalists Greg Ip and Elisabeth Bumiller. SHFWire photo by Wesley JuhlWASHINGTON - While important stories about the Ebola crisis, Islamic state group and nationwide protests dominated headlines this year, the news media neglected other important stories.

Wesley Juhl Dec 11, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., joins Pastor Delman Coates on Wednesday at the launch of the Center for American Progress’ report about LGBT discrimination. Takano and others called for new federal legislation with comprehensive protections for LGBT people. SHFWire photo by Wesley JuhlClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., joins Pastor Delman Coates on Wednesday at the launch of the Center for American Progress’ report about LGBT discrimination. Takano and others called for new federal legislation with comprehensive protections for LGBT people. SHFWire photo by Wesley JuhlWASHINGTON – A new report by the Center for American Progress prompted renewed calls for legislation to protect the LGBT community from discrimination.

Kara Mason Dec 11, 2014

Click on image to enlarge or download: The Keystone XL pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada, to the Kansas-Nebraska border if approved by President Barack Obama. Meclee/Wikimedia CommonsClick on image to enlarge or download: The Keystone XL pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada, to the Kansas-Nebraska border if approved by President Barack Obama. Meclee/Wikimedia CommonsWASHINGTON – As early as Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court could make a decision on whether TransCanada’s methods of obtaining land for the Keystone XL pipeline were constitutional.

Kara Mason Dec 11, 2014
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Click on image to enlarge or download: Graphic by Sean McMinnClick on image to enlarge or download: Graphic by Sean McMinnWASHINGTON - As losing or retiring members of the Senate prepare to leave their offices on Capitol Hill in January, chances are their next gig will keep them in the capital and close to Congress.

Ayana Stewart Dec 10, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Leonard Scarcella, mayor of Stafford, Texas, speaks about undocumented minors Tuesday during a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartClick on photo to enlarge or download: Leonard Scarcella, mayor of Stafford, Texas, speaks about undocumented minors Tuesday during a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartWASHINGTON – When minors enter the United States illegally and wait for immigration hearings, towns and cities can be blindsided as the children are placed nationwide. 

Ayana Stewart Dec 9, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: James Rogers is CEO of OnYou, a company that creates magnetic phone holders. He uses an OnYou product to keep his phone in place as he works Monday at TechShop DC-Arlington. The company raised $20,000 in a November Kickstarter campaign. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartClick on photo to enlarge or download: James Rogers is CEO of OnYou, a company that creates magnetic phone holders. He uses an OnYou product to keep his phone in place as he works Monday at TechShop DC-Arlington. The company raised $20,000 in a November Kickstarter campaign. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartWhen David Furr first learned about Kickstarter, he was skeptical.  

Lorain Watters Dec 9, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: David Hantman, of Airbnb, left, says that if the data show there is a problem, the government should have a role in regulating sharing platforms. Also on the panel were John Breyault, National Consumers League; Alex Howard, TechRepublic; and Adam Thierer, Mercatus Research Center at George Mason University. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersClick on photo to enlarge or download: David Hantman, of Airbnb, left, says that if the data show there is a problem, the government should have a role in regulating sharing platforms. Also on the panel were John Breyault, National Consumers League; Alex Howard, TechRepublic; and Adam Thierer, Mercatus Research Center at George Mason University. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersWASHINGTON – “Sharing is caring,” a motto taught to school children, is now weaving its way through society, allowing consumers to share anything – from transportation to food – via their mobile devices.

Lorain Watters Dec 5, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Bill Nye, Planetary Society CEO, left, Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientist in Mars space exploration, and Kevin Hand, deputy chief scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science, say exploring for life on other planets is important and scientists have the capability to do it as long as NASA has an adequate budget. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersClick on photo to enlarge or download: Bill Nye, Planetary Society CEO, left, Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientist in Mars space exploration, and Kevin Hand, deputy chief scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science, say exploring for life on other planets is important and scientists have the capability to do it as long as NASA has an adequate budget. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersWASHINGTON – The future of exploration for alien life in space and habitable planets rests on the continued curiosity of answering the age-old question: “Are we alone in the universe?” 

Lorain Watters Dec 3, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Lawyers Samuel Bagenstos, left, and Sharon Fast Gustafson represented Peggy Young in her Supreme Court case against her former employer, UPS, for making her take time off without pay when she was pregnant. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersClick on photo to enlarge or download: Lawyers Samuel Bagenstos, left, and Sharon Fast Gustafson represented Peggy Young in her Supreme Court case against her former employer, UPS, for making her take time off without pay when she was pregnant. SHFWire photo by Lorain WattersWASHINGTON – Peggy Young was pregnant with her daughter in 2006. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether Young should have been granted light duty at her job as a UPS driver during her pregnancy.

Kara Mason Dec 3, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama thanks military families for their service. “And that’s why, once again, we are celebrating our military families with our holiday decorations here at the White House.” SHFWire photo by Kara MasonClick on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama thanks military families for their service. “And that’s why, once again, we are celebrating our military families with our holiday decorations here at the White House.” SHFWire photo by Kara MasonWASHINGTON – Military families were welcomed into the White House Wednesday for cookies, cider and crafting as the holiday decorations were presented to the public for the first time this holiday season.

Sean McMinn Dec 3, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Chuck Todd delves into the finer points of political strategy with hundreds listening at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington on Tuesday. He said President Barack Obama's lack of political experience upon entering the White House was both his greatest asset and biggest weakness. SHFWire photo by Sean McMinnClick on photo to enlarge or download: Chuck Todd delves into the finer points of political strategy with hundreds listening at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington on Tuesday. He said President Barack Obama's lack of political experience upon entering the White House was both his greatest asset and biggest weakness. SHFWire photo by Sean McMinnWASHINGTON – Chuck Todd might not think Barack Obama is a masterful political tactician, but the crowd at Politics and Prose on Tuesday seemed to think they could give it a shot.

Ayana Stewart Dec 2, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Teri Patterson, deputy managing director of the NFL Players’ Association, left; Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, and Virginia Seitz, counsel for the MLB Players Association prepare to testify Tuesday at a Senate hearing about domestic violence in professional sports. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartClick on photo to enlarge or download: Teri Patterson, deputy managing director of the NFL Players’ Association, left; Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, and Virginia Seitz, counsel for the MLB Players Association prepare to testify Tuesday at a Senate hearing about domestic violence in professional sports. SHFWire photo by Ayana StewartWASHINGTON – Troy Vincent cried at a Senate hearing Tuesday after detailing how he “watched helplessly” as his mother was repeatedly assaulted when he was a child.

Kara Mason Dec 1, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: A line forms outside of the Supreme Court on Monday for oral arguments in Elonis v. U.S. Anthony Elonis was convicted of violating federal statute that prohibits threatening another person with injury after publishing several graphic Facebook posts fantasizing about murdering his ex-wife. SHFWire Photo by Kara MasonClick on photo to enlarge or download: A line forms outside of the Supreme Court on Monday for oral arguments in Elonis v. U.S. Anthony Elonis was convicted of violating federal statute that prohibits threatening another person with injury after publishing several graphic Facebook posts fantasizing about murdering his ex-wife. SHFWire Photo by Kara MasonWASHINGTON – It might have been the first time “just kidding, laughing out loud” was used by a justice in Supreme Court oral arguments, but for some, Elonis v. U.S., the First Amendment case heard Monday, isn’t a laughing matter at all.  

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