Pressure on Rep. Ryan to run for House speaker

The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential pick, to run for House speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign for the post.

Without consensus on where to send UN peacekeepers, pledges are meaningless

Emma Campbell-Mohn and Kyle Beardsley: While world leaders promise to send their armed forces to peacekeeping missions, the Security Council often struggles to find common ground on where to deploy the peacekeepers, which helps explain why there’s no robust peacekeeping missions in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

This week's circulars

This year's State Fair fried must-have is the pimento cheese hush puppies served up by Chris Wrenn and Joseph Fasy.
Juli Leonard The News & Observer