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Feinstein: Obama is very careful — maybe too much so

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Happy Labor Day.

“I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious.” — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on her belief that President Barack Obama might be taking too long to respond to the growing threat from Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

She added, “Maybe, in this instance, too cautious.” She also said she agreed with a weekend op-ed in The New York Times by Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that called for an immediate military plan to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“I applaud him for wearing a tan suit. You don't want to look the same every day of your life. It's boring as hell.” — Joseph Abboud, fashion designer and chief creative director of Men's Wearhouse, about Obama’s decision to don a tan-colored suit on Thursday for a news conference in the White House Press Briefing Room.

Not everyone was so positive about the fashion decision. New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican, stirred up a ton of headlines for his judgment. “There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said.

“Mike Brown Can’t Vote, but I Can.” — the name of a door-to-door voter registration effort in Ferguson by NAACP leaders.

The push is underway in an effort to alter a central fact about political life in Ferguson: The city is two-thirds black, but is led by mostly white politicians. A lot of Ferguson residents didn’t realize the impact that a lot of their elected leaders are having on their lives.

“I am absolutely convinced that major changes are on the way for Ferguson.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on how the crisis there could usher in positive developments in the months ahead.

Among those changes: Police wearing vest cameras and changes to a program that transfers military equipment to police departments across the country.

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