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For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job



In the wake of a video showing the murder of photojournalist James Foley, the world has been reminded that members of the media now occupy a new place in conflict zones — as valuable hostages for groups desperate for money and attention.

News of the Foley video spread quickly on Tuesday — and the group behind it, ISIS, had banked on it doing so. The video contained a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who condemned the outrage on Wednesday.

U.S. Troops Tried to Rescue Foley and Others in Syria, But Couldn’t Find Them



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special…

Obama Mourns Journalist: Islamic State ‘Has No Place in the 21st Century’



In one of his most forceful denunciations of Islamic State militants to date, President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the group’s barbaric beheading of an American journalist.

“The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley,” Obama said in his first remarks since the release of the gruesome online video by the Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS).

Despite his outrage, Obama gave no indication that he planned to curtail airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in…

White House: Waiting to Act on Global Warming Means Much Higher Costs



Delaying cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to stem global warming would cost significantly more than taking such actions now, according to a new report released Monday by the White House Council on Economic Advisors (CEA)

According to the report, the cost of hitting a specific climate target increases, on average, by approximately 40% in today’s dollars for each decade that the U.S. and the world at large delays such actions. This jump in price is due in part to the fact that delaying…

Drone Beat: Obama’s Executive Order, a 20-Minute Rescue and More




The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

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Obama will reportedly issue an executive order on drone privacy


50 Years Later, CBS Explores Legacy of the Civil Rights Act



United States Congress signed the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, a landmark piece of legislation banning discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Congress passed the act to improve quality of life for minorities in the U.S. In a recent speech commemorating the anniversary, President Barack Obama said the act “transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.” On Thursday, CBS brought a group of panelists together in…

Obama Will Attend UN Climate Summit in New York



President Obama will attend the high-level climate change “summit” that the United Nations plans to hold in New York on September 23, the White House said on Friday. The summit falls during the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting as well as the yearly Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, which both attract world leaders.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will lead the summit, which aims to build momentum toward a new global climate treaty when negotiators meet a year later in…


Mark Cuban Advocates Selling Shares of Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies



Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, took to Twitter on Friday to rail against companies that adopt overseas addresses to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He urged investors to sell shares of those companies.

Cuban, who expanded on his remarks in a CNBC interview, echoed comments by President Barack Obama, who yesterday said the practice, while legal, is ethically wrong. By avoiding taxes, Cuban said companies create an unfair burden by requiring…

10 Weird Things That Happened During Obama’s Trip to L.A.



The POTUS loves a good scandal — the kind you can watch on primetime TV, that is.

President Barack Obama‘s fundraising tour for Democratic candidates this week included a trip to Los Angeles. The President is a friend to many Hollywood A-listers — so it’s no surprise that the chief executive would make an appearance with some well-known celebrities in his travels.

While the President was ready to inspire his…

Obama’s Wild Night in Denver: Beers, Fist Bumps and a Horse Head



“The Bear” was certainly loose in Denver on Tuesday night.

President Obama was in the Mile-High City for a dinner with five Americans who wrote him letters about the economy — but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t time for a little fun!

First up, that dinner…

Obama greeted diners at the Wazee Supper Club and complimented the bartender on his mustache. “That’s a cool ‘stache,” Obama told the man, before settling in for a meal of pizza. It was pretty neat, reporters there noted: brown on one…