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The problem, you see, is that America is exceptional.
The police in and around Ferguson have shot and killed twice as many people in the past two weeks (Mr Brown plus one other) as the police in Japan, a nation of 127m, have shot and killed in the past six years.
CREDIT: AP Images Two papers recently published by the influential Heritage Foundation lay out a series of recommendations for lawmakers to take in response to a widely expected executive order from President Obama shielding potentially millions of undocumented people from deportation. The organization is still recovering from a fiasco last year in which one of its senior policy analysts was found to have previously written a paper claiming Latinos in the US are and will likely remain less intelligent than “native whites.” Now, they’re releasing what they call “practical, effective, fair and compassionate” solutions to the current immigration crisis—a plan that includes stepped up border enforcement by vigilante organizations and an explicit threat to deport anyone covered by a future executive order.
Black and white Americans have sharply divided opinions over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer and the consequent protests, a poll showed Friday.
Brown’s killing on August 9 in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, sparked nearly two weeks of protests that only now appear to be dissipating, although more demonstrations are expected to take place over the weekend.
The 18-year-old’s death at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson has stirred racial tensions in majority-black Ferguson and sparked debate about relations between African Americans and law-enforcement.
A majority of blacks, or 57 percent, think that Brown’s shooting was “not justified,” the New York Times/CBS News poll found, a view shared by only 18 percent of white respondents.
And when it comes to the subsequent protests, which at times flared into violence and looting, 67 percent of whites said the demonstrators’ actions had “gone too far,” while 43 percent of blacks thought the same.
Police faced criticism for their initial response to the demonstrations, with some in Ferguson saying the mostly white local force was overly aggressive and unnecessarily confrontational.
There, too, black and white respondents had different views.
Half of African Americans said the police response had mostly “gone too far,” but only 27 percent of white respondents agreed.
And about six in 10 blacks polled said they had little to no confidence the investigation by local authorities into Brown’s shooting would be handled fairly, while about the same share of whites said they were confident the probe would be fair.
There was more consensus, however, over what some have called the “militarization” of the police.
Asked if they believed local police forces should have military weapons and vehicles such as assault rifles and tanks, 80 percent of blacks said such equipment should only be for the military — and 65 percent of whites agreed.
The nationwide survey of 1,025 people was conducted by telephone on August 19-20.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures.
In a speech to leading central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen, who has kept Fed policy expansive due to perceived excess slack in the jobs market, gave no clear new signs for monetary policy.
Alluding to the rising pressure from so-called inflation hawks inside and outside the Fed to begin tightening policy, she admitted that analyzing the data has been “especially challenging recently”.
The hawks argue that the sharp fall of the jobless rate to 6.2 percent is a clear foretoken of inflation and want the Fed to move forward its timeline for an interest rate hike next year.
While agreeing that the data is sending mixed signals, Yellen did not embrace the argument that a burst of inflation is looming and demands a decisive policy adjustment, like moving forward an interest rate hike to early 2015 from later in the year.
There still remains “considerable uncertainty about the level of employment,” she told the Fed’s annual central banking symposium, according to the text of her remarks.
“There is no simple recipe for appropriate policy in this context.”
Yellen picked through the various arguments over what the seemingly contradictory data says: the faster-than-expected fall in the jobless rate to 6.2 percent from 7.3 percent a year ago, against the persistently extremely low labor force participation rate since the Great Recession, just 62.9 percent.
Inflation hawks, like Philadelphia Fed chief Charles Plosser, a member of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, argue that the jobless rate decline is real.
They downplay the low participation rate as a sign of not cyclical joblessness but fundamental changes in the labor market, including demographic shifts.
Yellen agreed that there have been some structural changes that have affected the way the labor market signals tightening through indicators such as part-time work, the number of people leaving jobs, and wage gains — which have been virtually insignificant since the recession ended in 2009.
But she insisted that the combined data that the Fed is reviewing suggests that the jobless rate decline “somewhat overstates” labor market improvements.
“Five years after the end of the recession, the labor market has yet to fully recover,” she said.
That, analysts said, was a sign for the moment that the Fed would be sticking to its forecast that its benchmark federal funds interest rate would remain at the near-zero level, where it has been for nearly six years, until the second half of 2015.
“Yellen confirmed the majority view of the FOMC: Much more labor recovery is needed before the Fed raises policy rates,” said David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors.
“We expect the zero interest rate policy to continue worldwide for, at least, six more months and, perhaps, a year or longer.”
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