Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - Jun 2013
For those Chinese paying attention to Xi Jinping's four-country tour of the Americas this week, one question stands out: Why would their president want to spend two informal days, more or less one-on-one with President Barack Obama in the middle of the desert?
This isn't just a matter of protocol - though there are plenty of questions about that - but rather a deeper inquiry into what precisely China wants from a bilateral relationship with the United States.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Except when it's best served hot.
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering knew from the start that they weren't just making a movie.
Anti-government protests in Turkey have produced a social movement like no other. The lit match was not the death of a heroic dissident, a corrupt election, high unemployment or the other usual-suspect grievances. It was the government's plan to replace precious park space in downtown Istanbul with a shopping mall and replica of army barracks from the Ottoman era.
In the last five years, I've been to a lot of uplifting events at the White House, from welcoming NASCAR winners, to awarding the Medal of Honor, to honoring the teacher of the year. But I've never been to a bigger White House celebration than Wednesday afternoon, June 5.
House Republicans have voted 37 times to repeal ObamaRomneyCare - the Affordable Care Act, which creates a national health insurance system similar to the one Massachusetts has had since 2006. Nonetheless, almost all of the act will go fully into effect at the beginning of next year.
Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food.
President Obama's latest changes in his top national security team seem more a shift to a stronger emphasis on human rights than a break with his long-range determination to keep the United States out of nation-building adventurism.
His appointments of UN Ambassador Susan Rice as national security adviser and of Samantha Power, a persuasive insider human rights advocate from the National Security Council, to replace Rice at the UN suggest that shift rather than any momentous pivot.
This is a column about Jonah Lehrer, the 31-year-old disgraced former New Yorker writer who recently - sigh - landed a contract for a book about love. (Yes, love.) But I want to start by recalling another disgraced former magazine writer: Stephen Glass.
Question for the day: Do you feel more secure or less secure, now that you know the government is keeping a gargantuan pile of information about everybody's telephone calls in the name of national security?