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Archive - Jun 27, 2013
She lost her job for reasons having nothing to do with her and everything to do with her ex-husband.
Carie Charlesworth is a teacher and a mother. She has 14 years of experience working for the San Diego Diocese and four kids.
Her ex is a felon, due to be released from prison later in June. In January, he came to the Catholic school where she was teaching, in violation of a restraining order. The school was put on lockdown. The teacher was put on paid leave.
In 1929, Secretary of State Henry Stimson dismantled the department charged with breaking codes and learning other nations’ secrets. Asked why, he said:
“Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail.” Some sources quote him less elegantly as saying “each other’s mail,” but you get the gist. And boy, have we ever come a long way.
How much does soccer-loving China hate its men's national team?
Hillary Clinton's return to the living was almost flawless. Almost.
The Congressional Budget Office's finding that immigration reform would dramatically reduce the deficit has deprived die-hard foes of the argument that rewarding the "takers" would sock it to American taxpayers. But that hasn't stopped opponents of reform from pressing forward with other absurd arguments. Case in point: Ted Cruz argued on the Senate floor Tuesday that immigration reform should be opposed for the sake of undocumented immigrants.
This is the time when every second-term president starts thinking about his legacy. But what a mixed one it's going to be for President Obama. After his decision to start arming the opposition in Syria, it looks like historians will profile Obama as the man who stopped two wars in the Middle East -- and then started a third one. Is that really how he wants to be remembered?
The future of immigration reform is, for now at least, not up to House Speaker John Boehner. It is in the hands of a group of moderately conservative Republican senators who have to decide whether their desire to solve a decades-old problem outweighs their fears of retaliation from the party's right wing.
One lesson from recent economic troubles has been the usefulness of history. Just as the crisis was unfolding, the Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff - who unfortunately became famous for their worst work - published a brilliant book with the sarcastic title "This Time Is Different." Their point, of course, was that there is a strong family resemblance among crises. Indeed, historical parallels - not just to the 1930s, but to Japan in the 1990s, Britain in the 1920s, and more - have been vital guides to the present.
The tea party returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, but this time the don't-tread-on-me crowd trod upon one of its own.
Where did the panic over mad cow disease go? Off the front pages, for sure. A few years ago, respected journalists warned of a looming public health disaster as Americans consumed deadly hamburgers. They accused the beef industry and government regulators of colluding to hide the problem of mad cow disease.