President Obama last night was kind enough to fill us in on the emperor's new plans for extending our forever war with the Middle East. (Or, to put it another way: "Obama vows to split ISIS into dozens of extremist splinter groups.") Read the full speech here, responses from Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash here and here, reactions from around the blogosphere here, and Sen. John McCain preemptively bellyaching about Obama's insufficient use of force here.
- Meanwhile, most Congress critters just want to hold off voting on war until after the midterm elections, okay?
- Ferguson, Missouri, law enforcement had the chance to break out their riot gear again yesterday when several dozen demonstrators attempted to block a highway in protest of Michael Brown's shooting. Thirty-five were arrested by officers, who outnumbered demonstrators about three to one.
- The Honolulu City Council has banned sitting and lying down on sidewalks in popular areas in an effort to rid the areas of homeless people.
- The European Union has decided to level new economic sanctions on Russia over its adventures in the Ukraine.
- Missouri lawmakers overrode three of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes yesterday, approving a mandatory 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, exempting farmer's markets from sales tax, and allowing public school teachers to carry concealed weapons.