The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 23 Apr 2014 13:19:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKWed, 23 Apr 2014 13:19:00 -0400Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk<img src="" /></P><p>On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), the GOP candidate for governor, released a letter politely notifying the Bureau of Land Management that he is "deeply concerned" about reports that the BLM plans to "swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations."</p><p>At issue is some amount of acreage &mdash; Abbott says 90,000 acres, BLM says 140 &mdash; along the Texas side of the border with Oklahoma, delineated by the Red River. The BLM is currently updating its resource management plan for Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, deciding what will be done...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:19:00 -0400Today in history: The birth of the bachelor president<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 23, </strong><strong>1791:</strong> James Buchanan was born. He was the 15th president, serving between 1857 and 1861. Buchanan was the only president who never married. He is considered to be one of the worst presidents, largely for his failure to prevent the Civil War.</p><p>In the late 1850s, as the North and South drifted further apart, Buchanan had an opportunity to heal the growing rift. But Buchanan relied on constitutional arguments &mdash; which tended to favor the South and angered the North; he also failed to grasp that other regional divisions were tearing political parties apart as well. The Democratic Party...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsWed, 23 Apr 2014 09:50:00 -0400Why Antonin Scalia was right to defend a drug dealer<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Prado Navarette in August 2008 was driving 30 pounds of marijuana through California when he was stopped by the cops on suspicion of drunk driving. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. And today, in a blistering dissent joined by three of the court's liberal justices &mdash; Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan &mdash; Justice Antonin Scalia defended Navarette, arguing that the search of his car was a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.</p><p class="p1">But Scalia was unable to convince his conservative confreres, who joined a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:07:00 -0400Today in history: The death of a president<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 22, 1793:</strong> President George Washington declared the U.S. would remain neutral in the face of emerging conflicts in Europe. He warned that any citizen who tried to undermine this would be prosecuted.</p><p><strong>April 22, 1994:</strong> Richard Nixon died. He was the 37th president, serving between 1969 and 1974. In 1968, Nixon promised to "bring us together" as a nation. But Watergate helped tear it apart; he became the only president to resign. Although Nixon is remembered for Watergate, he had notable successes both at home and abroad. He reached out to China, embarked on "d&eacute;tente" with the Soviet...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsTue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400Ever wonder what it's like to round up, milk, and skin a rattlesnake?<img src="" /></P><p>Back in 1958, some brave folks in Sweetwater, Texas, began rounding up rattlesnakes as a form of population control. But since then, the annual Rattlesnake Round-up has become a tourist attraction, garnering both awe and criticism.</p><p ><br />(<em>David Kasnic</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />(<em>David Kasnic</em>)</p><p><br />In March 2012, Brooklyn photographer David Kasnic trekked to the small west Texas town and photographed the weekend-long event, where handlers amass more than 10,000 rattlers and then help visitors milk, behead, and skin the snakes in front of large crowds.</p><p>"The mood is festive," writes Kasnic on his photography website. "In this atmosphere...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:28:00 -0400Today in history: A presidential funeral train leaves D.C.<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 21, 1865:</strong> Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington; he would be buried in the late president's hometown of Springfield, Ill., 13 days later. The train traveled 1,654 miles over 12 days, making numerous stops so grieving citizens could pay their respects. The route retraced the path Lincoln took when he came to Washington as president-elect in 1861. The late president's wife Mary Todd Lincoln remained at the White House because she was too distraught to make the trip; she returned to Illinois about a month later. Lincoln was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. The site...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsMon, 21 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0400The Bible says gay sex is a sin. But Christians can still embrace gays.<img src="" /></P><p>Ed Dobson doesn't just share a surname with James Dobson, the man behind Focus on the Family. He also shares James Dobson's evangelical Christian faith. And there was a time when both Dobsons (no relation, at least that I know of) shared similar politics. But that's really where the comparison ends.</p><p>After being involved in Jerry Falwell's ministry, Ed Dobson was one of the early leaders of the Moral Majority, a Reagan-era religious right group. He was an editor at the <em>Fundamentalist Journal</em>. He was credited with helping to ghost-write a book for Falwell. Dobson later co-authored one with conservative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/w-james-antle-iii" ><span class="byline">W. James Antle III</span></a>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:15:00 -0400The case for killing law school<img src="" /></P><p>Law professors Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow recently took to the pages of <em>The New</em><em> York Times</em> to argue against proposed reductions of legal education requirements. They claim that making it easier to become a lawyer "is a terrible idea" that would result in lawyers being poorly trained, not to mention less well-rounded citizens.</p><p>Having just wrapped up three years of law school, I can say with some certainty that this is bunk. In reality, reducing barriers to entering the legal profession would probably have very little effect on quality, while also blowing up one of the biggest upper...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Matt Bruenig</span></a>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:10:00 -0400Aereo at the Supreme Court: No matter what, broadcasters lose<img src="" /></P><p>The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that threatens the television industry as we have known it for generations.</p><p>In <em>American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo</em>, the justices will decide whether an enterprising company that uses a raft of tiny antennas in a single location to transmit over-the-air TV programs to paying subscribers in that city may continue to do so without paying broadcasters or owners of the copyrighted shows. (Read more about how Aereo works here.)</p><p>A year ago, a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 ruling, sided with...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/andrew-cohen" ><span class="byline">Andrew Cohen</span></a>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:08:00 -0400A public vending machine for pot<img src="" /></P><p>Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs have installed the first public vending machine to dispense weed-laced edibles. Only licensed medical marijuana cardholders can buy pot brownies and similar snacks from the giant green dispenser, but company owner Stephen Shearin says of his weed-dispensing machine: "I don't think we've dreamed what it can do yet."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400