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Yakinkah kita bahwa kita sanggup berangkat umroh tahun ini? bagaimanapun keadaan kita?

Adakah kita berpikir seperti ini?
“ah, keadaanku saja masih seperti ini, gaji sebulan saja habis untuk kebutuhan hidup sehari – hari, itu saja masih ngutang sana – sini, mana mungkin mah bisa berangkat umrohUmroh kan cuma untuk orang – orang yang mampu!”

Atau, “umroh itu wajib bila mampu kan, sementara aku ini saja kredit motor belum beres, rumah juga masih numpang orang tua, bagaimana mungkin bisa berangkat umroh?”

“Hai manusia, ingatlah akan nikmat Allah kepadamu. Adakah Pencipta selain Allah yang dapat memberikan rezki kepada kamu dari langit dan bumi?” (QS. Fathir: 3)

“Katakanlah: “Siapakah yang memberi rezeki kepadamu dari langit dan dari bumi?” Katakanlah: “Allah.” (QS. Saba’: 24)

“Sesungguhnya Tuhanmu melapangkan rezki kepada siapa yang Dia kehendaki dan menyempitkannya; Sesungguhnya Dia Maha mengetahui lagi Maha melihat akan hamba-hamba-Nya.” (QS. Al Isro’: 30)

Ketika kita membaca, memahami dan menyerapi ayat – ayat yang telah Allah wahyukan melalui Rasul kita, Muhammad SAW, tersebut diatas. apakah kita masih ragu? masihkah kita ragu terhadap kuasa Allah SWT?

Mari kita bersama – sama tingkatkan iman kita terhadap Allah SWT dan Rasul-Nya, pantaskan diri dengan perbaikan ibadah kita serta yakinkan diri bahwa tidak ada yang tidak mungkin ketika Allah SWT sudah berkehendak.

Semoga Allah memudahkan langkah kita, melapangkan rezeki kita dan mengundang kita untuk berangkat ke Baitullah. Aamiin

YAKINKAH KITA SANGGUP UMROH TAHUN INI?

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saco-indonesia.com, Fernando Alonso telah kembali membicarakan Kimi Raikkonen, rekan setimnya di Ferrari pada balapan Formula One (F1) di musim depan. Alonso telah menilai bahwa Raikkonen adalah aset yang penting bagi tim berlambang kuda jingkrak ini.

Seperti yang telah diketahui, tim pabrikan asal Italia ini juga mengikat kontrak Kimi selama dua musim ke depan. Pembalap asal Finlandia tersebut datang untuk menggantikan Felipe Massa yang telah memilih mundur dari Ferrari dan pindah ke Williams-Mercedes.

Sejak kepindahan Kimi ke tim yang telah membawanya juara dunia pada 2007 tesebut, Alonso dikabarkan cukup tak senang. Akan tetapi, dirinya juga mengatakan bahwa tandemnya tersebut telah memiliki kemampuan yang baik untuk bisa mendongkrak performa timnya.

"Ada banyak informasi yang salah tentang rekan setim saya. Anda salah menafsirkan perkataan saya. Padahal saya tidak benar-benar meragukan kemampuan Raikkonen. Saya pikir dia bisa menjadi aset penting untuk tim tahun depan," ujar Alonso.

"Antara Raikkonen dan saya telah memiliki pengalaman yang berbeda. Jadi ini juga sangat mudah dalam membantu kami untuk mengembangkan mobil terbaru tahun depan," sambungnya dilansir Autosport.

Alonso juga enggan memberikan pendapatnya soal kepribadian Kimi. Pasalnya, pembalap asal Spanyol ini juga bukan tipe yang membicarakan soal sosok rekan setimnya.

"Saya juga tidak bisa memberikan pendapat tentang Kimi Mungkin kalian bisa memberikan pendapat tentang orang lain, meskipun tanpa mengetahui kepribadian mereka, tapi saya tidak bisa,” paparnya.

 

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saco-indonesia.com, Ketua DPRD Banten Aeng Haeruddin hari ini akan diperiksa oleh penyidik Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi. Aeng akan diperiksa sebagai saksi untuk tersangka Tubagus Chaery Wardana alias Wawan.

"Iya ada pemeriksaan tambahan, namanya Aeng untuk dalam kasus TCW," ujar Juru Bicara KPK Johan Budi SP, melalui pesan singkat, Rabu (12/2).

Diduga Aeng akan diperiksa terkait dalam penyitaan mobil-mobil mewah terkait Wawan. Informasi yang telah dihimpun, Wawan telah membagi-bagikan uang dan mobil kepada sejumlah anggota DPRD Banten, termasuk Aeng yang diduga telah menerima pemberian mobil Alphard dan Mercedes Bens.

Diketahui, KPK telah menyita puluhan mobil terkait dalam kasus dugaan TPPU Wawan. Di antaranya, KPK juga telah menyita empat mobil mewah yakni Bentley, Roy Royce, Ferrari dan Lambhorgini. KPK juga telah menyita 3 Innova, Avanza, Ford Fiesta, Fortuner, dua buah Pajero, BMW, dan Honda Freed.

Kemudian tiga mobil mewah yakni Lexus B 888 ARD, Nissan GTR warna putih B 888 GAW, dan Land Cruiser B 888 TCW. KPK juga telah menyita 1 motor Harley Davidson yang diduga atas nama Wawan. Terakhir, KPK juga telah menyita mobil Alphard Vellfire yang bernomor polisi B 818 TTA dan mercy seri C250 bernomor polisi B 818 WWN.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

KETUA DPRD BANTEN DIPERIKSA KPK TERKAIT KASUS WAWAN

 

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu adalah salah satu gunung berapi yang masih aktif hingga kini yang telah terletak di daerah Lembang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. Gunung Tangkuban Perahu tingginya telah mencapai 2.084 meter (6.837 kaki) dan bentuk dari Gunung Tangkuban Perahu ini adalah stratovulcano dengan pusat erupsi yang telah berpindah dari timur menuju barat.

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu terakhir kali meletus pada tahun 2013 lalu. Jenis batuan yang di keluarkan Gunung Tangkuban Perahu melalui letusannya kebanyakan adalah lava dan sulfur. Mineral yang telah dikeluarkan oleh Gunung Tangkuban Perahu adalah berupa sulfur belerang. Di saat tidak aktif, mineral yang telah dikeluarkan oleh Gunung Tangkuban Perahu adalah berupa uap belerang.
Gunung Tangkuban Perahu

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu

Kawasan wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu dikelola oleh perum perhutanan. Tempat Wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu telah memiliki suhu rata-rata setiap harinya adalah 17 derajat C pada siang hari dan pada malam hari bisa mencapai suhu rata-rata 2 derajat C. Gunung Tangkuban Perahu juga memiliki kawasan perhutanan seperti hutan dipterokarp bukit, hutan dipterokarp atas, hutan montane, dan yang terakhir ialah hutan ericaceous atau lebih dikenal dengan sebutan hutan gunung.

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu juga sering dikaitkan dengan lagenda Sangkuriang, pasti anda juga sudah tau ceritanya bukan. Bagi yang masih belum tau ceritanya akan saya coba ceritakan ulang lagenda Sangkuriang, secara singkatnya sih ceritanya “Sangkuriang mencintai ibunya sendiri yaitu Dayang Sumbi. Dayang sumbi pun telah mendapatkan cara untuk menggagalkan niat Sangkuriang yang mau menikahinya yaitu dengan mengajukan persyaratan sangkuriang harus membuat perahu dalam waktu semalam. Ketika usaha Sangkuriang untuk membuat perahu dalam semalam gagal, Sangkuriang pun marah dan ia menendang perahu yang dia buat tadi hingga terbalik. Perahu inilah yang kemudian menjadi Gunung Tangkuban Perahu.”
Taman Wisata Alam Gunung Tangkuban Perahu

Taman Wisata Alam Gunung Tangkuban Perahu

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu juga merupakan salah satu gunung berapi yang masih aktif yang statusnya diawasi terus oleh Direktorat Vulkanologi Indonesia. Beberapa kawah di kawasan wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu masih telah menunjukkan bahwa gunung ini masih aktif dengan tanda-tanda keaktifannya yaitu munculnya gas belerang dan sumber-sumber air panas di kaki gunungnya seperti halnya di Kasawan Ciater, Subang.

Tapi jangan salah, walaupun Gunung Tangkuban Perahu merupakan gunung berapi yang masih aktif bukan berarti tidak ada orang yang mau berwisata ke gunung ini. Justru tempat wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu sangat ramai dikunjungi oleh wisatawan lokal maupun asing. Obyek wisata yang bisa anda kunjungi saat berada di kawasan wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu seperti Kawah Ratu, Kawah Upas, Kawah Domas dan Kawah Jurig.
Kawah Ratu Tangkuban Perahu

Kawah Ratu Tangkuban Perahu

Apa yang menarik dari Gunung Tangkuban Perahu ini? Gunung Tangkuban Perahu juga merupakan salah satu tempat wisata alam yang juga telah memacu adrenalin. Keindahan alam yang sangat jarang anda temukan akan anda temukan di sini. Di kawasan wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu anda juga dapat merasakan keindahan alam yang masih terjaga kealamiannya hingga saat ini. Berjalan menjelajahi hutan di daerah Gunung Tangkuban Perahu dan merasakan dahsyatnya suasana di dekat gunung berapi.

Gunung Tangkuban Perahu juga merupakan tempat wisata alam yang sangat cocok untuk anda berlibur bersama keluarga maupun sahabat anda sambil berfoto di kawasan gunung berapi. Hal ini juga merupakan kejadian langka dan dapat anda jadikan kenang-kenangan seumur hidup. Jika anda ingin berkunjung ke Gunung Tangkuban Perahu jangan takut, karena nanti akan ada pemandu yang siap memandu anda.

Untuk sampai ke obyek wisata Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, anda bisa berangkat dari kota Bandung menuju arah utara (arah Subang). Kurang lebih berjarak 20 km dari pusat kota Bandung. Banyak angkutan umum yang siap mengantar anda menuju wisata alam Gunung Tangkuban Perahu ini.

TEMPAT WISATA GUNUNG TANGKUBAN PERAHU

Judge Patterson helped to protect the rights of Attica inmates after the prison riot in 1971 and later served on the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

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Since a white police officer, Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in a confrontation last August in Ferguson, Mo., there have been many other cases in which the police have shot and killed suspects, some of them unarmed. Mr. Brown's death set off protests throughout the country, pushing law enforcement into the spotlight and sparking a public debate on police tactics. Here is a selection of police shootings that have been reported by news organizations since Mr. Brown's death. In some cases, investigations are continuing.

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The apartment complex northeast of Atlanta where Anthony Hill, 27, was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer. Credit Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Ms. Meadows was the older sister of Audrey Meadows, who played Alice Kramden on “The Honeymooners.”

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As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.

A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

“Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love,” Mr. Obama told a crowd afterward, drifting away from his prepared remarks. “Because Malachi and I shared the fact that our dad wasn’t around and that sometimes we wondered why he wasn’t around and what had happened. But really, that’s what this comes down to is: Do we love these kids?”

Many presidents have governed during times of racial tension, but Mr. Obama is the first to see in the mirror a face that looks like those on the other side of history’s ledger. While his first term was consumed with the economy, war and health care, his second keeps coming back to the societal divide that was not bridged by his election. A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond.

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At an event announcing the creation of a nonprofit focusing on young minority men, President Obama talked about the underlying reasons for recent protests in Baltimore and other cities.

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In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency but for the rest of my life,” Mr. Obama said. “And the reason is simple,” he added. Referring to some of the youths he had just met, he said: “We see ourselves in these young men. I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

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Organizers said the new alliance already had financial pledges from companies like American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications and News Corporation. The money will be used to help companies address obstacles facing young black and Hispanic men, provide grants to programs for disadvantaged youths, and help communities aid their populations.

Joe Echevarria, a former chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, will lead the alliance, and among those on its leadership team or advisory group are executives at PepsiCo, News Corporation, Sprint, BET and Prudential Group Insurance; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey; former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; the music star John Legend; the retired athletes Alonzo Mourning, Jerome Bettis and Shaquille O’Neal; and the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

The alliance, while nominally independent of the White House, may face some of the same questions confronting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins another presidential campaign. Some of those donating to the alliance may have interests in government action, and skeptics may wonder whether they are trying to curry favor with the president by contributing.

“The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they’ll set at the alliance for donor policies, because it’s an entirely separate entity,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One en route to New York. But he added, “I’m confident that the members of the board are well aware of the president’s commitment to transparency.”

The alliance was in the works before the disturbances last week after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, but it reflected the evolution of Mr. Obama’s presidency. For him, in a way, it is coming back to issues that animated him as a young community organizer and politician. It was his own struggle with race and identity, captured in his youthful memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” that stood him apart from other presidential aspirants.

But that was a side of him that he kept largely to himself through the first years of his presidency while he focused on other priorities like turning the economy around, expanding government-subsidized health care and avoiding electoral land mines en route to re-election.

After securing a second term, Mr. Obama appeared more emboldened. Just a month after his 2013 inauguration, he talked passionately about opportunity and race with a group of teenage boys in Chicago, a moment aides point to as perhaps the first time he had spoken about these issues in such a personal, powerful way as president. A few months later, he publicly lamented the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, saying that “could have been me 35 years ago.”

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President Obama on Monday with Darinel Montero, a student at Bronx International High School who introduced him before remarks at Lehman College in the Bronx. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

That case, along with public ruptures of anger over police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere, have pushed the issue of race and law enforcement onto the public agenda. Aides said they imagined that with his presidency in its final stages, Mr. Obama might be thinking more about what comes next and causes he can advance as a private citizen.

That is not to say that his public discussion of these issues has been universally welcomed. Some conservatives said he had made matters worse by seeming in their view to blame police officers in some of the disputed cases.

“President Obama, when he was elected, could have been a unifying leader,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican candidate for president, said at a forum last week. “He has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions.”

On the other side of the ideological spectrum, some liberal African-American activists have complained that Mr. Obama has not done enough to help downtrodden communities. While he is speaking out more, these critics argue, he has hardly used the power of the presidency to make the sort of radical change they say is necessary.

The line Mr. Obama has tried to straddle has been a serrated one. He condemns police brutality as he defends most officers as honorable. He condemns “criminals and thugs” who looted in Baltimore while expressing empathy with those trapped in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

In the Bronx on Monday, Mr. Obama bemoaned the death of Brian Moore, a plainclothes New York police officer who had died earlier in the day after being shot in the head Saturday on a Queens street. Most police officers are “good and honest and fair and care deeply about their communities,” even as they put their lives on the line, Mr. Obama said.

“Which is why in addressing the issues in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York, the point I made was that if we’re just looking at policing, we’re looking at it too narrowly,” he added. “If we ask the police to simply contain and control problems that we ourselves have been unwilling to invest and solve, that’s not fair to the communities, it’s not fair to the police.”

Moreover, if society writes off some people, he said, “that’s not the kind of country I want to live in; that’s not what America is about.”

His message to young men like Malachi Hernandez, who attends Boston Latin Academy in Massachusetts, is not to give up.

“I want you to know you matter,” he said. “You matter to us.”

Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Suzman’s signature accomplishment was the central role he played in creating a global network of surveys on aging.

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Mr. King sang for the Drifters and found success as a solo performer with hits like “Spanish Harlem.”

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BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

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Mr. Fox, known for his well-honed countrified voice, wrote about things dear to South Carolina and won over Yankee critics.

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Mr. Alger, who served five terms from Texas, led Republican women in a confrontation with Lyndon B. Johnson that may have cost Richard M. Nixon the 1960 presidential election.

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Mr. Miller, of the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, represented companies including Lehman Brothers, General Motors and American Airlines, and mentored many of the top Chapter 11 practitioners today.

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WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’

Ms. von Furstenberg made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist.

Betsy von Furstenberg, Baroness and Versatile Actress, Dies at 83
Frontline  An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.
Frontline

Frontline An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.

The program traces the outbreak to its origin, thought to be a tree full of bats in Guinea.

Review: ‘9-Man’ Is More Than a Game for Chinese-Americans

A variation of volleyball with nine men on each side is profiled Tuesday night on the World Channel in an absorbing documentary called “9-Man.”

Television

‘Hard Earned’ Documents the Plight of the Working Poor

“Hard Earned,” an Al Jazeera America series, follows five working-class families scrambling to stay ahead on limited incomes.

Review: ‘Frontline’ Looks at Missteps During the Ebola Outbreak

WASHINGTON — During a training course on defending against knife attacks, a young Salt Lake City police officer asked a question: “How close can somebody get to me before I’m justified in using deadly force?”

Dennis Tueller, the instructor in that class more than three decades ago, decided to find out. In the fall of 1982, he performed a rudimentary series of tests and concluded that an armed attacker who bolted toward an officer could clear 21 feet in the time it took most officers to draw, aim and fire their weapon.

The next spring, Mr. Tueller published his findings in SWAT magazine and transformed police training in the United States. The “21-foot rule” became dogma. It has been taught in police academies around the country, accepted by courts and cited by officers to justify countless shootings, including recent episodes involving a homeless woodcarver in Seattle and a schizophrenic woman in San Francisco.

Now, amid the largest national debate over policing since the 1991 beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, a small but vocal set of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of the 21-foot rule and other axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it. Several big-city police departments are already re-examining when officers should chase people or draw their guns and when they should back away, wait or try to defuse the situation

Police Rethink Long Tradition on Using Force

A 2-minute-42-second demo recording captured in one take turned out to be a one-hit wonder for Mr. Ely, who was 19 when he sang the garage-band classic.

Jack Ely, Who Sang the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’, Dies at 71
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