The Week: Most Recent from Harold Maass recent posts.en-usFri, 17 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent from Harold Maass from THE WEEKFri, 17 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 17, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama authorizes reserve troops and considers Ebola czar to fight outbreak</strong><br />President Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve troops if they are needed to help with the effort to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, although military officials said they did not yet have plans to call up reservists. Obama also said he was open to the idea of appointing an Ebola "czar" to coordinate the U.S. response. GOP lawmakers called for banning travel from affected countries. Obama said he had no "philosophical objection" but that experts don't think a travel ban is the "best way to go...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 16, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ebola patient's flight triggers new precautions</strong><br />The news that the second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola had been allowed to board a commercial flight despite a low fever triggered new precautions on Wednesday. Health officials began tracking down all 132 people on Monday's Cleveland-to-Dallas flight with the patient, Amber Vinson, who was being monitored after treating the first Ebola victim on U.S. soil, Thomas Duncan. Frontier Airlines put the crew on paid leave, and two school districts in Ohio and Texas closed schools Thursday because a teacher and students had been on Vinson's flight...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 15, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion regulation</strong><br />The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Texas cannot enforce a strict new abortion law that had required clinics performing abortions to meet the same standards of ambulatory surgical clinics. The regulation had forced all but seven of the state's clinics offering abortions to close. An appeals court had ruled in favor of the state, but the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, reversed that ruling without explaining why. [<em>Austin American-Statesman</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 14, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Iran's president says a nuclear deal is coming</strong><br />Iran and the West are on track to make a deal regarding the country's controversial nuclear program ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday. "A nuclear settlement is certain," said Rouhani, a moderate elected by a landslide 14 months ago. "There are only the fine details to be worked out." Diplomats from the U.S., Iran, and the European Union will meet in Vienna this week to resume talks. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:54:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 13, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Judge throws out Alaska's first-in-the-nation gay marriage ban</strong><br />A federal judge on Sunday overturned Alaska's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage was the first in the nation. Judge Timothy M. Burgess ruled the amendment unconstitutional, saying that denying same-sex couples the right to legally marry "sends the public a government-sponsored message that same-sex couples and their familial relationships do not warrant the status, benefits, and dignity given to couples of the opposite sex." [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 10, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win the Nobel Peace Prize</strong><br />Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Yousafzai, 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban militant for her work promoting girls' education, and has since become an icon for the cause of children's schooling. Satyarthi, 60, has shown "great personal courage" by leading peaceful protests against the exploitation of children, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever win the prize, by more than a decade...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 9, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. U.S. Ebola patient dies</strong><br />Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday. Duncan, who developed symptoms after flying from Liberia to Dallas, was treated with experimental medication and had been on a ventilator in an isolation ward. The Dallas clinic said it was examining a man who may have had contact with Duncan and was exhibiting symptoms. The White House said Wednesday that passengers entering the U.S. from West Africa will be screened at five major airports to help prevent others infected with Ebola from entering the country. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 8, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Appeals court overturns same-sex marriage bans in two more states</strong><br />A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday struck down gay-marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The ruling, if unchallenged, would clear the way for same-sex weddings in all nine states under the court's jurisdiction. The decision came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear challenges of similar rulings in three other appeals courts. Together, the decisions brought the number of states on track to allow gay marriage to 35, up from just 19 two days earlier. [<em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 7, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Supreme Court clears path for resuming same-sex marriage in 5 states</strong><br />The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear appeals of rulings allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The unexpected move cleared the way for lower courts to order the resumption of gay marriages in those states, as Virginia did at 1 p.m. Still, by opting against taking steps toward a final decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the justices put off any far-reaching action that would apply to the entire nation. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 6, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Fifth Ebola patient flies home to the U.S. from Africa for treatment</strong><br />A fifth U.S. Ebola patient was flown out of Africa on Monday to receive treatment in the U.S. The man, Ashoka Mukpo, 33, became ill last week while working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News. He will start treatment in an isolation unit in Nebraska as Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to develop symptoms after returning from West Africa to the U.S., takes a turn for the worse. Health officials said Duncan did not appear to be receiving experimental drugs. Supplies of one, ZMapp, were "all gone." [<em>The Associated Press</em>,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 3, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. U.S. journalist in Liberia stricken with Ebola</strong><br />An American freelance journalist working for NBC News in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola, the network said Thursday. The 33-year-old man, whose name is being withheld at his family's request, began showing symptoms on Wednesday, one day after NBC hired him as a second cameraman for NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The rest of the crew members, including Snyderman, are being monitored but have shown no symptoms of Ebola. [New York<em> Daily News</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 2, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. The leader of the Secret Service steps down after security breaches</strong><br />Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday under intense pressure over several lapses of security at the White House. Pierson quit less than a day after lawmakers from both parties questioned her over how an Iraq War veteran carrying a knife had managed to get past security and enter the first floor of the White House. Lawmakers from both parties said the security breach left them with deep concerns over the safety of President Obama and others under Secret Service protection. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 1, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. First Ebola case is diagnosed in the U.S.</strong><br />A man who arrived in Dallas on a flight from Liberia has become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The patient did not show symptoms until several days after he landed on Sept. 20. He is now being treated at a Dallas hospital. A CDC team is tracking down people who came into contact with the man, who has not been publicly identified, to make sure no others were infected. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 30, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Afghan government signs security pact with the U.S.</strong><br />Afghanistan's new government signed a long-delayed security agreement with the U.S. on Tuesday, a day after the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani. His predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to sign, partly over his anger over civilian deaths. The deal will allow 9,800 U.S. troops to stay behind after foreign forces leave on Dec. 31. Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks, saying Afghans are "tired of this war." [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:53:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 29, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ghani inaugurated as Afghanistan's president</strong><br />Ashraf Ghani took the oath of office as Afghanistan's new president on Monday, taking over the job from Hamid Karzai in the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history. Ghani, a former World Bank official, was sworn in under heavy security at the presidential palace in Kabul, with helicopters flying overhead and surrounding streets closed to traffic. Ghani is expected to quickly approve a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. that Karzai had refused to sign. [<em>The Wall Street Journal</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 26, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Eric Holder is resigning as head of the Justice Department</strong><br />Attorney General Eric Holder, a leading liberal voice in the Obama administration and the first African-American in the powerful post, is resigning, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Holder has been a driving force behind the administration's support for same-sex marriage and protecting voting rights. That record, along with controversies such as the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking scandal, have made him a focus of conservative ire. He will stay on the job until his replacement &mdash; whom President Obama has not...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:54:00 -0400