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After Ferguson's Fires, Vote Next Time

Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago -- and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.

Obama's Other Role: An Uncommon Scold

Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, draw President Obama into a familiar, although unwritten part of his job description: a blend of national healer and scold-in-chief. It's always risky for a president to get involved in local disputes.