Statues of workers of various trades, part of the Monument for Labor by Matthew J. Placzek, stand in the rising waters of the Missouri River, in Omaha, Neb., on June 15. Nati Harnik/AP
Sewage contractors with the Roloff Construction company wait for pumps and additional equipment to be delivered, as water bubbles up through a manhole cover in parking lot D, designated for the College World Series, in Omaha, Neb., on June 15, where the College World Series will be played starting Saturday. The city is investigating the source of the water in the parking lot, which is in close proximity to the rising waters of the Missouri River. Nati Harnik/AP
Writing on sand bags protecting an apartment complex in South Sioux City, Neb., thanks volunteers who helped build a barrier against the rising waters of the Missouri River, on June 14. The releases at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota hit the maximum planned amount of 150,000 cubic feet of water per second on June 14, which are expected to raise the Missouri River 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa. Nati Harnik/AP
A farmhouse and buildings sit surrounded by flood waters from the nearby Missouri River, on June 15, in Hamburg, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP
A sign warns passing motorists about lane closures on Highway 2 as flood waters from the nearby Missouri River continue to rise on June 15, in Nebraska City, Neb. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. Charlie Neibergall/AP
Flood waters from the nearby Missouri River cover a county highway, on June 15, in Hamburg, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP
Workers fill sandbags that will be used on levees holding back rising flood waters from the nearby Missouri River, on June 15, in Hamburg, Iowa. Overnight storms flooded some southeast Iowa roads, stranding cars in floodwaters. But the National Weather Service says the water is beginning to recede on some city streets in Ottumwa. Charlie Neibergall/AP
The Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Fort Calhoun, Neb., currently shut down for refueling, is surrounded by flood waters from the Missouri River, on June 14. Nati Harnik/AP
A gazebo stands in the strong current of the Missouri River, in South Sioux City, Neb., on June 14. Nati Harnik/AP
A member of the Nebraska Army National Guard patrols, on June 14, the levee which protects South Sioux City, Neb., from the rising waters of the Missouri River. Nati Harnik/AP
Interstate 680, which connects Omaha, Neb., with Iowa at the Mormon Bridge, is flooded at the Iowa side, on June 14. Nati Harnik/AP
In this June 13 photo, the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. While flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers is cutting into this year’s corn crop, raising concerns about decreased supplies and increasing food prices in the coming year, experts said good weather this summer could help turn things around. Nati Harnik/AP
By targeting the Ukrainian government with a cyber weapon, the Russians are able to effectively engage in an aggressive, kinetic act without actually declaring war, or other countries reacting like it is an act of war. This will not last forever.
Alec Ross, Commentary contributor /
March 12, 2014
The playground fights I got into when I was a kid had closely observed, unwritten rules: You could punch, you could kick, and you could even choke your opponent, but you couldn’t use a weapon. Pick up a rock or a stick and bring that into the fight, and you were going to earn derision, and maybe a butt-kicking, from the entire playground crowd.