Dallas shooting

On Race Relations, Obama Sees 'Grind' Toward Any Progress
President predicts more 'problems' between police, black communities

President Obama late Tuesday, for the second consecutive day, delivered downtrodden remarks on race relations. (Photo by Getty Images)

President Barack Obama said police and black community representatives found no solutions Wednesday to ease tensions after a spate of shootings, saying the country should prepare to "grind" toward change amid increased unrest.  

"Not only are there very real problems but there are still deep divisions about how to solve these problems," Obama said following a summit on race relations and policing with members from both camps.   

Why Obama’s Vision of ‘One American Family’ Matters
President believes righteous anger can be transformed into justice, peace

President Barack Obama seems to believe in America far more than those who insist he hates it, writes Mary C. Curtis. Also seen in the photo, from left, former first lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady’s love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.  

And he reminded those listening, at least those with the “new heart” and “new spirit” the Lord promised Ezekiel, that he is a leader who cherishes the promise of America. For someone whose faith has been questioned, the president always reaches deep into Scripture for comforting messages.  

Can U.S. Heal After Shootings? 'I Don't Know,' Obama Says
President hails, criticizes police and African-American protesters alike

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush at the beginning of a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed last Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged tempers to give way to empathy after a spate of deadly -- and racially tinged -- shootings involving white police officers and black men. But he expressed rare doubt about whether that's possible.  

In a striking departure from the prescriptions of unity and progress he and other presidents typically deliver in such moments, Obama expressed doubts about whether the country can find a way to remedy relations between many predominantly white police departments and African-American communities, including a 25-year-old black Army veteran targeting white cops in Dallas.  

Dallas: Once Again, America’s Crucible
Violence and racial divisions are a explosive mixture

A small memorial stands near an area that is still an active crime scene in downtown Dallas following the deaths of five police officers on Thursday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

For the second time in more than half a century, Dallas is at the center of a seminal moment in our history. It’s a moment set against imploding national anxiety and anger, stark racial divisions, black-and-white outrage and violence that haunt us.  

If ever the phrase “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold” fits a time, this may be it, a moment that perhaps more brutally than other horrifying racial tragedies in the past few years exemplifies the devolving breakdown of America.  

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible
Gun control vote 'will inflame things,' Ryan says

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas shooting, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a brief interview Monday.   

"We're not bringing it up this week," the California Republican said of a GOP counterterrorism bill that includes a three-day delay on gun sales to anyone on a terrorist watch list. The sale would be blocked only if the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list.  

Obama Aims to Provide 'Measure of Comfort' in Dallas
Earnest: President doesn't see country as divided

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to provide “some measure of comfort” to a Dallas area and a country on edge following more racially tinged shootings, a role the White House says he has played “far too often.”  

The White House is still piecing together final plans and the speech Obama will deliver Tuesday during an interfaith service in Dallas, five days after an attack on police there by a 25-year-old Army veteran . But it appears Obama once again will seek to be the country’s "healer in chief" after what his top spokesman on Monday succinctly called “a tough week.”  

Let's Not Call Dallas Shootings 'Terrorism'
Ascribing a political agenda to every murderering hater just offers an undeserved veneer of rationality

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

It had to have cost Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to refer to the shooter in Thursday’s sniper attack on police officers there as a “lone gunman .” Because even now, that phrase has the power to summon the “city of hate ” reputation Dallas has struggled to live down since JFK was killed more than a half-century ago.  

[ Congressional Black Caucus Chair: Dallas Shooter 'Terrorist by Any Definition'  ]  

George W. Bush, Biden to Join Obama in Dallas
President and predecessor will deliver remarks at memorial for police officers

President Barack Obama called the Dallas shootings "vicious, calculated and despicable." (Douglas Graham / CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7/11 8:15 a.m.

President Barack Obama will be joined by former President George W. Bush on Tuesday in Dallas at an interfaith memorial service for the police officers fatally shot during an attack last week.

A Clinton-Biden Rally Postponed by Tragedy
Plans changed after five police officers killed in Dallas

A few people showed up for the Clinton campaign event in Scranton. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

SCRANTON, Pa. — Some vendors still showed up with blue Hillary Clinton T-shirts and campaign buttons.  

And even a small group of cars drove into the gravel parking lot outside the Riverfront Sports complex here, their occupants hoping to catch a glimpse of the presumptive Democratic nominee.  

President's Pledge of Federal Help for Dallas is No Guarantee
Florida was denied $5M by FEMA after Orlando nightclub attack

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where five Dallas police officers were killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama ’s pledge Friday to send “whatever” federal help Dallas officials might need after an attack that left five police officers dead could send a wave of agents and experts to Texas, but it doesn’t guarantee that local officials will get everything they ask for.  

Obama, speaking from Poland where he is attending a NATO summit , said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.” The president said he also conveyed that “the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.”