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Feb 7, 2015

WP Opinions - February 7, 2015: David W. Buchanan.

The Washington Post
Opinions
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

The robots are not going to kill you

The difference between intelligence and consciousness is what matters.

The dangerous allure of partnering with Iran

In an enemy-of-my-enemy way, it may make sense, but not to our allies.

A judge Alabama can be proud of

A federal jurist stands for enforcing the Constitution and respecting the rule of law.

When the dissidents are ahead of the diplomats

Witnesses to unspeakable injustice, dissidents are often the ones who recognize regimes’ fault lines first.

Ruth Marcus

The right’s crusade against Obama

The reaction to his prayer breakfast rem




Dana Milbank

Republicans cut and pasted their ‘new’ Obamacare alternative

This year’s two-page explainer borrowed virtually the same 700 words from the 2014 version.
George F. Will

The education of Lamar Alexander

The senator has been preparing his whole career to fix America’s failing approach to schools.



NYT Today's Headlines - February 7, 2015: Top News: Amid Gains in Jobs and Pay, Americans Rejoin the Work Force.

The New York Times

Today's Headlines

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Top News
A worker on the roof of a construction project in Montclair, N.J. Over the last 12 months, wages advanced at a 2.2 percent pace, significantly ahead of the inflation rate.


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American employers added 257,000 jobs in January, showing that signs of economic momentum late last year carried into 2015.By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

. Wall St. Moves Higher After Strong Jobs Report
Kayla Mueller
ISIS Declares Airstrike Killed a U.S. Hostage

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and RICK GLADSTONE

The Islamic State said Friday that Jordanian bombings in Syria intended to avenge the immolation of a captured pilot had killed an American hostage, Kayla Mueller, who was held by the group.
Aida Najera, left, with her daughter, Yairin Lucero, 3, waited to apply for a municipal ID in the Bronx on the program's first day.
New Yorkers Clamor for IDs, Swamping Mayor's Key Project

By KIRK SEMPLE

The introduction of municipal identification cards, one of Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature initiatives, has been anything but smooth.
For more top news, go to NYTimes.com »
Editors' Picks

MULTIMEDIA | LENS BLOG

Designing a World of His Own

By JOHN LELAND

The man who once billed himself as the "world's greatest photographer" has a new exhibit that shows lesser-known work with a quiet, classical bent.

OPINION | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

In Defense of Annual School Testing

By CHAD ALDEMAN

Without yearly assessments, students fall through the cracks.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"The overall picture is a country that for a very long time believed this would be a short-term crisis. Now, everybody, the people, the central government, it dawns on them that this may go on. So it challenges everybody."
CHRISTOS STYLIANIDES, the European commissioner for humanitarian assistance, on the crisis around Ukraine's rebel-held region.
Today's Videos
Video VIDEO: Dark Chocolate Pudding
Melissa Clark makes this rich dessert with bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream and brown sugar.
For more video, go to NYTimes.com/Video »
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World
Neighbors in Donetsk 
gathered Tuesday in the basement shelter where they have been living for 
days in Petrovsky district.
Shivering, Hungry and Tearful in Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine

By RICK LYMAN

A new separatist offensive and the government's push to isolate the region are intensifying problems as the fiercest winter weeks arrive on the Ukrainian steppe.
Citing Overseas Travel Plans, Biden Won't Attend Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

By PETER BAKER

Citing overseas travel plans, Vice President Biden will not be in Washington next month for the Israeli prime minister's address, adding to the tension between the two administrations.
Wu Liangyong, 92, China's most influential architect and urban planner, at his home in Beijing. He has published a new master plan for the capital area.

THE SATURDAY PROFILE

China's Fog Weighs Heavily on Shoulders of Its Premier Architect

By IAN JOHNSON

For 70 years, Wu Liangyong has ridden out the country's political storms to establish himself as its most influential urban planner.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World »
U.S.
Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana after speaking at the American Principles Project State Lunch in Washington on Wednesday.
As Jindal's G.O.P. Profile Grows, So Do Louisiana's Budget Woes

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

With talk of Bobby Jindal's presidential aspirations, questions have been raised about what caused a shortfall estimated to hit $1.6 billion next year.
The internal investigation will also include Brian Williams's reporting after Hurricane Katrina.
Brian Williams Faces 'Fact-Checking' Inquiry at NBC

By EMILY STEEL

Controversy has continued to build about Mr. Williams's apology for claiming that he was in a military helicopter that was forced down in Iraq.
. With an Apology, Brian Williams Digs Himself Deeper in Copter Tale
. Soldiers in Williams's Group Give Account of 2003 Events
Bill Cadman, the State Senate president, is leading the new Republican majority in efforts to undo gun control measures passed in a previous session.
Gun Debate Reignites in Colorado, 2½ Years After Aurora Theater Shooting

By JACK HEALY

Newly empowered Republican lawmakers have proposed measures to undo background checks and allow gun owners to carry concealed handguns without permits.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US »

Politics
Obama, Trying to Add Context to Speech, Faces Backlash Over 'Crusades'

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

When he mentioned the Crusades in condemning Islamic terrorists this week, the president ignited a firestorm on television and social media about the validity of his observations.
President Obama speaking on Friday in Indianapolis. He was promoting his $60 billion plan for free community college.
Republicans, Feeling Shut Out, Question Obama's Legislative Intentions

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and CARL HULSE

Republican lawmakers, who say they were not consulted on President Obama's plan for free community college, wonder whether he is trying to pass legislation or simply burnishing his legacy.
. Obama Makes Case for Plans Including Free Community College
Besides mockery of his office's design, Mr. Schock, Republican of Illinois, dealt with an aide's comments and other difficulties.
Aaron Schock, a Lawmaker Used to Attention, Draws a Little More Than He Wanted

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

Representative Aaron Schock's congressional office, racially charged comments by an aide and a real estate transaction put him in the spotlight.
For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »
Business
Anthem, based in Indianapolis, said hackers gained access to as many as 80 million records.
Data Breach at Anthem May Lead to Others

By REED ABELSON and JULIE CRESWELL

Medical identify theft has become a booming business, according to security experts, who warn that other health care companies are likely to be targets.
No one can say with certainty if the OtisKnee device caused Carla Muss-Jacobs's problems, but in announcing 
an $80 million settlement of criminal and civil charges against OtisMed, 
United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman said patients
Knee Replacement Device Unapproved, but Used in Surgery

By MARSHALL ALLEN and OLGA PIERCE

The maker of the OtisKnee surgical guides started selling them before seeking clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, which later rejected the application.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermès and Paul Smith are set to open locations at a $300 million luxurious redevelopment of the World Financial Center, now called Brookfield Place, in Lower Manhattan.
Rushing to Cater to America's Rich

By HIROKO TABUCHI

As the U.S. economy turns around and upper-income spending falters in other countries, companies chase American millionaires.
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »
Technology
Customers in line at the opening of an Apple store in Chongqing, China.

BITS BLOG

New Data Shows Apple's Explosive Growth in China

By BRIAN X. CHEN

Both Kantar Worldpanel and Canalys, research firms that track global smartphone sales, said Apple's mobile operating system gained market share in China at the expense of Google's Android.
Brian P. McAndrews, the chief executive of Pandora.
Pandora Readies for Another Royalties Battle, This Time With BMI

By BEN SISARIO

The music-streaming service is being sued by BMI, a giant licensing agency, which wants a higher cut of Pandora's revenue. The trial begins next week.
Lowell McAdam, the chief executive of Verizon, which is under scrutiny for its online tracking policies.

BITS BLOG

Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Verizon's Use of Mobile 'Supercookies'

By NATASHA SINGER and BRIAN X. CHEN

Three senators sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, saying that the tracking technology may violate consumers' privacy and asking regulators to investigate Verizon's practices.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »
Sports
Bruce Jenner in 2013. Changes in his appearance have fueled speculation that he is making a gender transition.
The Transition of Bruce Jenner: A Shock to Some, Visible to All

By SARAH LYALL and JACOB BERNSTEIN

Though Jenner, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist, has not confirmed it, he is widely reported to be in the midst of making a transition from male to female.
Carmelo Anthony driving against the Nets' Joe Johnson during the first quarter on Friday.

NETS 92, KNICKS 88

Before Rivalry Yields to Cooperation, Nets Hold Off Knicks

By ANDREW KEH

New York's basketball teams engaged in their final interborough matchup before they host the N.B.A.'s All-Star weekend.
Diana Taurasi, center, with teammates DeWanna Bonner, left, and Penny Taylor celebrated the Phoenix Mercury's victory in the W.N.B.A Finals in September.

ON PRO BASKETBALL

Diana Taurasi Can Rest Easy, but W.N.B.A. Can't

By HARVEY ARATON

Taurasi's decision to sit out the 2015 W.N.B.A. season for more pay from her Russian team says much about the state of the pro women's game in the United States.
For more sports news, go to NYTimes.com/Sports »