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President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the Newark campus of Rutgers University, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ** FILE **

Obama orders agencies to stop asking for job applicants' criminal records

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

President Obama ordered federal agencies to stop requiring job applicants to declare on applications whether they have a criminal record -- a move called "ban the box," drawing fire from some conservatives for taking actions that may undermine bipartisan efforts to reduce prison populations. Published November 2, 2015

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In this Oct. 20, 2014, frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Jason Van Dyke case: Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

- Associated Press

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Va. high school student was killed on orders from gang leaders in El Salvador

- The Washington Times

A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member known as "the Enforcer" of Sterling, Virginia, shot and killed a high school student on orders handed down from gang leaders in El Salvador because the boy had left the gang and joined a rival group, according to testimony given Thursday by law enforcement officials investigating the homicide.

A man uses a mobile phone to record the scene after a smoke device was dropped in front of a row of Seattle Police officers during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police. Photos and video from the protest were widely shared on social media. (Associated Press)

Police fear 'YouTube effect' affecting work, contributing to rise in violent crime

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement officers from around the country say they are increasingly concerned that video recordings of their interactions with the public are being used to show them in a negative light, creating a "YouTube effect" that is affecting how they do their jobs and, according to the FBI's director, could be behind a recent rise in violent crime.

FBI Director James Comey speaks to the media during a news conference at the FBI offices in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

James Comey: FBI used aerial surveillance above Ferguson

- Associated Press

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the agency used its aircraft above Ferguson, Missouri, last year at the request of local law enforcement to help keep track of unrest on the ground.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, during the committee's hearing  on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Federal Air Marshal Service misconduct under scope at House panel hearing

- The Washington Times

A scandal regarding two Federal Air Marshals who posed as pornography producers as they hired prostitutes and filmed their sexual encounters on government-issued cellphones came to light as the agency investigated a fraudulent disability claim, according to testimony given Thursday at a congressional oversight hearing.

In this photo taken Wednesday May 20, 2015, a guard tower and razor wire are seen at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders

- Associated Press

California on Tuesday agreed to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer.

Black Lives Matter protesters agitate at the front gate of the Minnesota State Fair during a protest Saturday. Some fear the protest movement may be promoting violence against police that contributed to a Houston deputy's slaying by a black man Friday. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

Police want Obama to cool rhetoric blamed for violence

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement officials are frustrated by the Obama administration's failure to address the "anti-cop" rhetoric coming from the Black Lives Matter movement, and some fear it's promoting a climate of violence against police officers that may have contributed to Friday's fatal ambush of a Houston sheriff's deputy.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. intel: More jihad terror cases in 2015 than at any time since 9-11

- The Washington Times

There have been more U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, according to a "Terror Threat Snapshot" report released Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who asserts that U.S. officials must "do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source."

Mourners visited a makeshift memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center on Saturday for victims of the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday. President Obama's time in office has been peppered with terrorist-related attacks, raising complex questions about his handling of the fight against Islamist terror. (Associated Press)

Obama's resolve to fight Islamist terror questioned after latest attack on U.S. soil

- The Washington Times

President Obama so far has escaped a Sept. 11-style catastrophe, but his time in office still has been peppered with terrorist-related shootings from Fort Hood to Benghazi, raising complex questions about this administration's handling of the fight against Islamist terror and putting a spotlight on controversial domestic issues such as gun control.

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands following the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Obama to host China's Xi Jinping despite cyberattacks

- The Washington Times

Despite China's escalating cyberattacks that are stealing massive amounts of sensitive U.S. government personnel and military data, President Obama still plans to have China's president as an honored guest in Washington this year, the White House said Wednesday.

Russian army bombers fly over Grand Kremlin Palace during a Victory Parade rehearsal in Moscow. (Associated Press)

Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year

- The Washington Times

The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to keep out of its affairs in Ukraine.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015, before debate continues in the Senate on renewing the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NSA phone snooping doomed as Obama signs USA Freedom Act

- The Washington Times

The National Security Agency's phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators approved the USA Freedom Act Tuesday, rewriting the sweeping Patriot Act to ban bulk collection of Americans' data and adding more transparency checks to the secret court that oversees intelligence gathering in the hopes of heading off future surprises.

In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria. The F-22s, making their combat debut, were part of a strike package that was engaging Islamic State group targets in Syria. Washington and its Arab allies opened the air assault against the extremist group on Sept. 23, striking military facilities, training camps, heavy weapons and oil installations. The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf )

U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout

- The Washington Times

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama's key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone.

Police pick up a pair of shoes after a double shooting in Baltimore in this May 24, 2015, file photo. (Colin Campbell/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

- Associated Press

Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.

Recent Opinion Columns

Image of Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

ORRIN G. HATCH: Why the rush to a new attorney general?

President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general is an opportunity to refurbish the tarnished image of both the Senate and the Department of Justice.

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

- The Washington Times

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke.