The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKThu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400Did the media get Ferguson wrong?<img src="" /></P><p>In August, after a Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed a young, unarmed black man named Michael Brown, the reaction by local residents, civil rights activists, and the media instantly went nuclear. The DNA of our political and legal systems rest on principles of equality and color-blindness, and here was yet another example of a major genetic mutation that we've been unable to fix: young black men being murdered by the police because they're young and black. Still. Even in 2014, this happened, at a time when adults are supposed to be racially enlightened.</p><p>Ferguson checked several...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400The U.S. government is actually trouncing Ebola. When will it get credit?<img src="" /></P><p>Here's a story you won't read.</p><p >WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American public health system has largely contained the exceptionally deadly Ebola virus, despite early mistakes and some confusing public statements from official voices.</p><p >No person who contracted the disease in the United States has died. A Texas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, an Ebola patient from Liberia, has been upgraded to "good" condition. A second nurse, Amber Vinson, remains "weak," according to her mother, but is recovering.</p><p >Duncan's fiance, Louis Troh, shows no signs of the disease after a three week quarantine. A freelance...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 22 Oct 2014 10:08:00 -0400Secret Service stretched mission to protect employee, report finds<img src="" /></P><p>A top Secret Service official ordered its Washington Field Office to protect an employee whose family had been threatened by a neighbor, a job that probably fell outside the scope of the agency's general duties, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has concluded. But the "welfare check," as described by the Secret Service, lasted for parts of only five days, and none of the agents who conducted the protective surveillance in 2011 believed that the security of president or White House was compromised.</p><p>In the context of the Secret Service scandals, it's hard to know how this will...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 22 Oct 2014 07:09:00 -0400Why America needs more billionaires<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">America has lots of problems, but too many billionaires isn't one of them. And most Americans agree. A <em>Politico</em> poll this week found that only 1 percent picked inequality as the economic issue that most concerns them.</p><p dir="ltr">Many folks in Washington, however, see things differently. Democrats, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, cite inequality as a big threat to the American Dream.</p><p dir="ltr">Now you can add Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to the list of policy-makers fretting about the gap between the rich and everybody else. "The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/james-pethokoukis" ><span class="byline">James Pethokoukis</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:11:00 -04007 towns that changed their names (and 4 that almost did)<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In 2010, the city of Topeka, Kansas, unofficially changed its name to Google for a month in an effort to promote itself as an attractive destination for the tech giant to test its new fiber-optic technology. In 1998, the capital city temporarily changed its name to ToPikachu to commemorate Pokemon's debut in the United States. But Topeka isn't the only city to play the name game to garner some publicity, of course. Here are seven other towns that changed their names and four that considered the idea.</p><p><strong>1. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico</strong></p><p>Ten years after welcoming the first contestant &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Scott AllenMon, 20 Oct 2014 09:16:00 -0400The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="graf--p graf--first">Every military in the world worth its epaulets is investing in drones. Now sensing that drones could be a threat to U.S. troops, the Marines are working on a laser to zap them out of the sky.</p><p class="graf--p">It's called GBAD  &mdash;  for ground-based, anti-air directed energy weapon. The Pentagon's Office of Naval Research announced in June it had awarded a series of contracts for the laser, which the Marines hope will augment a looming future shortage of anti-air Stinger missiles.</p><p class="graf--p">ONR has tested some components for the weapon already, and wants to carry out field experiments with a 10-kilowatt laser...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Robert BeckhusenMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:00 -0400Punishing a kindergartner for pretending a crayon is a weapon<img src="" /></P><p>School officials in Alabama made a kindergartner sign a "safety contract" pledging not to harm herself or others after she pointed a crayon at a classmate and said "pew, pew." The child's mother was furious that a minor was forced to sign a contract with adult language. "My child said, 'What is suicide, Mommy?'" said the mother. "This isn't right. She is 5 years old."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 19 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400Smash your car, sue the city<img src="" /></P><p>A city worker in St. Paul, Minnesota, is suing the city for up to $1,900 after she crashed a Parks Department van into her own parked car. "Because I was working for the city and driving the city vehicle," said Megan Campbell, "I feel they are responsible for the damage done to my car." Officials said it was "a very unusual claim."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 18 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400When the experts screw up<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is comforting &mdash; and perhaps even necessary &mdash; to believe that the people in charge are far smarter and less fallible than the rest of us. But every now and then, we are reminded that the sublime competency of elected officials, religious leaders, regulators, business leaders, doctors, and scientists is an illusion. And it always comes as a shock. This week, we learned that two health-care workers caring for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital were infected despite elaborate precautions, and may have infected others. This week also brings the news that when an Air France flight flew...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/william-falk" ><span class="byline">William Falk</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:05:00 -0400Ezra Klein totally whiffed on affirmative consent<img src="" /></P><p>Liberal backers of feminists seem to be trading their long-cherished principle that the "ends don't justify the means" for the battle cry of "by any means necessary." How else to interpret the unabashed support that Ezra Klein, one of the country's smartest and most influential young liberals, recently extended to affirmative consent (or "yes means yes") laws that are proliferating across American campuses to deal with an alleged rape epidemic?</p><p>To his credit, Klein unflinchingly and rightly acknowledges that California's law constitutes a draconian assault on the due process rights of men whom...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/shikha-dalmia" ><span class="byline">Shikha Dalmia</span></a>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:20:00 -0400