Obama’s role in Ferguson is complicated

President Barack Obama talks on the phone aboard Air Force One, July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Questions about where and when Obama should weigh in, and what he should say about race and policing, persist. As the first African-American president, Obama, who is often looked to for reassurance in poor and minority communities, confronts expectations that are different from any previous president.

J. Herbie DiFonzo: Federalism and legal marijuana

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The federal government should listen to the same popular voices that the states have heard. Marijuana is a drug of choice for millions, which like alcohol may be used moderately or abused. But for those afflicted with the many serious illnesses for which marijuana supplies substantial relief, it is a drug of compassion.

$585 billion defense budget passes House

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The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a combined version of National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 that will see defense spending set at $585 billion for 2015. After a bipartisan vote of 300-119, the legislation will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on next week.

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