University of Maryland Student Group Cancels Screenings of American Sniper

Chris Kyle / AP

A student group at the University of Maryland has canceled screenings of American Sniper after a petition against the movie was circulated by the school’s Muslim Student Association. Student Entertainment Events (SEE) announced the cancellation of all the May screenings of the movie on Wednesday. The group said they would try to schedule an alternative event in the future.

Killer of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle Sentenced to Life in Prison

Eddie Ray Routh

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday after a Texas jury found him guilty of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

President Obama, Chris Kyle, Sheepdogs, and Wolves

Barack Obama, Dale R. Griffin

The Washington Post has a long article on President Obama’s attitude toward military action. This issue is especially important because “the president faces mounting pressure to send more troops to Iraq to help in the battle against Islamic State extremists,” as reporter Greg Jaffe puts it. The administration officials that Jaffe spoke to have an interesting explanation for the president’s reluctance to intervene further in Iraq. It’s all about the troops.

Jaffe’s piece begins with a dramatic tale from 2012 regarding the president’s meeting with a mortuary affairs team in Afghanistan, an experience, we are told, that was part of his growing reluctance to sacrifice American lives abroad: