The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usSun, 23 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKSun, 23 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500A candidate we all can't believe in<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">To protest the available candidates in the November election, voters in Orange County, Florida, cast 273 write-in votes for "Mickey Mouse" for positions ranging from governor to commissioner of agriculture. Other write-in votes included "Darth Vader," "Kanye West," and "Wile E. Coyote," with "None of the Above" topping the list with 555 votes.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 23 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500Sleep, superhero-style<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Could anything ever beat the feeling of sporting superhero underwear? The four wearable sleeping bags ($149 each) in the new Marvel by Selk'bag line can at least make any fight for justice much more cozy. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk suits are available. Each has a water-resistant polyester shell, dual zippers "for easy entry and exit," said Sam Jordan at <em>HiConsumption</em>, and detachable booties whose nylon outsoles are durable enough for outdoor wear. "Super-heroes never complain about being chilly" &mdash; and now we know why.</span><em><br /></em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 22 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500Adding an insulting lawsuit to injury<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Texas couple is being sued for $1 million by the owner of four pit bulls that killed its 10-year-old beagle last month. Steve Baker said the pit bulls, owned by neighbor Emerald White, came into his yard and jointly tore his beagle apart "like a rag doll." But White claims the beagle inflicted "bite and scratch injuries" on her while she tried to retrieve her dogs. "I can't believe it," Baker said. </span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 22 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters<img src="" /></P><p>When the Iraq War was a live issue in American politics, some of the supporters of the war made the following strange argument: Saddam Hussein was a bloodthirsty dictator; he had jails where opponents of the regime were tortured and killed. Therefore, those who opposed the Iraq War were personally responsible for the torture and death of those innocent individuals.</p><p>I mention this because in the debate over health care, one often hears from liberals a different version of that infantile argument.</p><p>For example, in the <em>King v. Burwell</em> case that was recently accepted by the Supreme Court, a number...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/pascal-emmanuel-gobry" ><span class="byline">Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:06:00 -0500These 5 things will definitely happen after Obama moves on immigration<img src="" /></P><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> On Thursday night, Obama announced his executive actions on immigration reform. For details, click here.</p><p>Tonight, President Obama will outline the executive actions he'll take to pull millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. The next day, in Las Vegas, he'll fill in the blanks.</p><p>Then, all heck breaks lose. Congress might or not shut down the government. Immediate legal challenges will flood in from all sides. We really don't know how the lives of the millions who are eligible will change over the next year. A lot depends on what happens next.</p><p>But here are five things that...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 20 Nov 2014 09:53:00 -0500What could happen if the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>When the Supreme Court takes up yet another challenge to the president's health care law in March, the outcome could have a devastating impact on millions of Americans receiving subsidized health coverage through its exchanges.</p><p>Almost immediately after the court announced it would hear King v. Burwell, the now-famous case that centers on whether people enrolled on the federal exchange can receive federal subsidies, legal experts began predicting grave news for ObamaCare.</p><p>"If I were willing to bet on such things, I would wager that the Court will decide in favor of the plaintiffs, to the effect...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brianna EhleyThu, 20 Nov 2014 08:41:00 -0500An ode to the great American road trip<img src="" /></P><p>America's history is tied to the journey. Its European roots are defined by the great distance those first voyagers traveled. The nascent country chugged westward on the steam of the locomotive, and expanded into the terrain's nooks and crannies on a full tank of gas and the promise of the freeway.</p><p>Over the centuries, the open road has signified adventure, possibility, and escape, as well as loss, limits, and dead ends. And all along, the photographer has been there, hitching a ride to capture both the mundane and extraordinary moments that define America.</p><p ><br />Inge Morath, <em>Outside Memphis, Tennessee...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:09:00 -0500The Senate defeated an overhaul of the NSA. Here's what's next for surveillance reform.<img src="" /></P><p><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_2045383400" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">On Tuesday</span></span> evening, the USA Freedom Act died in the Senate, failing a cloture vote, 58-42. The bill's demise ended the legislative effort to put some limits on the National Security Agency phone dragnet first exposed by Edward Snowden in June 2013. But there are still modest steps Congress can take to chip away at the surveillance state, and other avenues that civil liberties groups can pursue.</p><p>The USA Freedom Act would have prevented the government from acquiring some subset of all Americans' phone records, and it was the only bill under consideration that tackled that aspect of NSA's enormous...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marcy WheelerWed, 19 Nov 2014 13:12:00 -0500Behind the newest attempt to get the Supreme Court to strike down affirmative action<img src="" /></P><p>In 1978, the Supreme Court held that the use of affirmative action in college admissions was constitutional. Conservatives have long sought to overrule this decision, and in 2003 the Supreme Court struck down some, but not all, university affirmative action programs. Affirmative action survived another brush with the court in 2013, when the Roberts court surprisingly remanded a case, <em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em>, brought by a white student who claimed that affirmative action had resulted in discrimination against her.</p><p>Now, the same group behind <em>Fisher</em>, the Project on Fair Representation, is back...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-lemieux" ><span class="byline">Scott Lemieux</span></a>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:35:00 -0500Obama breaks transparency pledge over Air Force One<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The president was using Air Force One for reelection travel more heavily than any predecessor, the Associated Press reported, "wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers.</p><p>That story easily could have been written about Barack Obama, but in fact it concerned former President George W. Bush during his 2004 reelection. While Democratic challenger John Kerry dug into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to traverse the county, Bush often traveled at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip 'official' travel rather than 'political,' according...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric PianinWed, 19 Nov 2014 08:51:00 -0500