Saturday January 31, 2015
January 15th, 2015
It should come as no surprise that the very first move of the new Republican Senate is an attempt to push President Barack Obama into approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands. After all, debts must be paid, and the oil and gas industry - which gave 87 percent of its 2014 campaign contributions to the GOP - expects to be rewarded for its support.
HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped.
It took the Air Force to change -- to radicalize, really -- Maribel Jarzabek. Specifically, it took the Air Force lawyer serving in the newly created role of "special victims' counsel" to become convinced that sexual assault cases cannot be fairly handled under the existing rules.
I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:
A threat to your religious liberty.
Kissing the sun. Swilling merlot. Plotting revenge. Life is good for John Boehner.
Lying in a hammock at his new condo in Marco Island, Florida, the speaker of the House is even closing in on his goal of getting darker than the oxblood leather wingback chair in his Capitol office.
Welcome visitors to New York City! This has been the best time ever to urinate on a street, sneak onto the subway or run a red light, for the police force has been on a virtual strike.
Police officers may be making a point for contract negotiations. But many also are genuinely frustrated and, along with millions of other Americans, seem sympathetic to an argument that goes like this:
He was an inspiration to a generation of Chinese journalists, a writer whose belief in the power of truth symbolized an era of optimism and idealism in the profession, an editor who helped direct a surge of investigative reporting meant to defend the helpless and hold the imperious to account.
"We're doing God's work," said William Ackman, the hedge fund manager, on CNBC this week. He was referring to his $1 billion bet against Herbalife, the company that he accuses of being an illegal pyramid scheme.
As we move into a big football weekend, one exciting question uniting fans and nonfans alike is: What will Chris Christie do if the Dallas Cowboys win?