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Archive - Aug 8, 2013
For much of his public life, Barack Obama has been navigating between people who think he is too black and people who think he is not black enough.
Detroit is a symbol of the old economy's decline. It's not just the derelict center; the metropolitan area as a whole lost population between 2000 and 2010, the worst performance among major cities. Atlanta, by contrast, epitomizes the rise of the Sun Belt; it gained more than 1 million people over the same period, roughly matching the performance of Dallas and Houston without the extra boost from oil.
Tell people you live in New York City, and they ask which neighborhood. Tell them you lived in Rome, and they ask how you could ever leave.
Tell them that you lived in Detroit, and they ask, "Why?"
Attorney General Eric Holder has opened what will be an epic battle over whether our country will remain committed to equal rights at the ballot box. In a display of egregious judicial activism in late June, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Holder made clear last week he intends to fight back.
There's a picture of painted toenails against the background of a cool, blue pool.
A proud dad with a newborn son.
A garage project.
A thick, smoked brisket.
These are all responses by federal workers explaining how they spent their furlough day.
In the fall of 1995, as a staff writer at Fortune magazine, I wrote a story about the mass litigation surrounding silicone breast implants. Plaintiffs' lawyers had filed thousands of cases against Dow Corning, accusing it of selling a product - the silicone used in implants - that caused autoimmune diseases. Fearful that the litigation could put it out of business, Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy protection.
Washington being Washington, the hottest relationship in town doesn't revolve around sex or even the next presidential election: it's the political courtship of old antagonists, Barack Obama and John McCain.
Edward Snowden's renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance is being vindicated -- even as Snowden himself is being vilified.
Intelligence officials in the Obama administration and their allies on Capitol Hill paint the fugitive analyst as nothing but a traitor who wants to harm the United States. Many of those same officials grudgingly acknowledge, however, that public debate about the NSA's domestic snooping is now unavoidable.
Ever since Yosemite National Park won fame for its natural Western splendor, it's gone on many a register of things to see before one dies. It remains a bucket-list favorite, only nowadays there are millions, if not billions, more buckets. The park's crowds have become such that officials there are struggling to find ways to ease the crush of humanity.
A man buys a knife in a Beijing supermarket and randomly attacks customers with it, including a baby; another steals a knife from a roadside snack bar and starts attacking passersby; a third gets into an argument with a woman, picks her 2-year-old girl out of her stroller and smashes her baby to the ground, killing her.