The Week: Most Recent from Harold Maass recent posts.en-usFri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent from Harold Maass from THE WEEKFri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama details his immigration reform orders</strong><br />President Obama announced Thursday that he was using his executive powers to unilaterally impose immigration reform despite gridlock over the issue in Congress. In a primetime address, Obama said he would enact measures deferring the deportation of four million undocumented immigrants, allowing undocumented parents of U.S. citizens who have been in the country five years to apply for legal residency, but with no path to citizenship. Republicans vowed to fight the moves, saying Obama had overstepped his authority by acting alone. [<em>The Washington Post...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Three students injured in Florida State campus shooting</strong><br />A gunman wounded three students at a Florida State University library packed with up to 400 students studying for final exams Thursday morning, shortly after midnight. The gunman allegedly fired at police outside the library and was killed when they shot back. "Obviously everyone wants to know why," Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said. "That's the hard answer we're going to continue to investigate." [<em>Tallahassee Democrat</em>, <em>CNN</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>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:55:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Keystone pipeline bill fails in the Senate by one vote</strong><br />Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans and some Democrats say the 1,700-mile, $7.6 billion pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of Canadian oil through the American heartland every day, would create jobs. Environmentalists staunchly oppose it, and President Obama has said he would only approve it if it won't damage the environment. The bill fell one vote shy of the 60 it needed to advance. [<em>The Washington Post</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, 19 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 18, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Four killed in attack at Israel synagogue</strong><br />Two Palestinian armed with knives and axes killed four Israelis and wounded six others in a synagogue on Tuesday. Police shot and killed the attackers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel would "respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers." Hamas did not claim responsibility, but a spokesman for the Islamist Palestinian faction said the attack was in response to the recent death of a Palestinian bus driver. [<em>CNN</em>]</p><p >&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, 18 Nov 2014 07:59:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 17, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama calls Kassig's beheading "pure evil"</strong><br />President Obama confirmed Sunday that the self-proclaimed Islamic State had beheaded American aid worker Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger kidnapped more than a year ago in Syria. Obama called the murder of Kassig &mdash; the fifth Western hostage killed by ISIS &mdash; "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group." Kassig adopted the name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam in captivity. The video of his death was not as slickly produced as previous ones, suggesting sustained U.S. attacks are taking a toll on ISIS, analysts said. [<em>The Dallas Morning...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:55:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 14, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama prepares executive actions on immigration</strong><br />President Obama plans to sidestep Congress and use his executive powers to change how immigration laws are enforced, according to administration officials. One of the moves, expected as early as next week, would shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Republicans, calling the move "executive amnesty," are considering bills to counter Obama's executive actions in the first major test of their power since winning full control of Congress less than two weeks ago. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:20:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 13, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Russia invades Ukraine... again</strong><br />Russian tanks and troops entered Ukraine near strongholds of pro-Moscow separatists, NATO officials said Wednesday. Russia, which had been accused before of invading, denied it was intervening in the conflict. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow was resuming the Cold War&ndash;era tactic of flying bomber patrols near U.S. territorial waters due to NATO's "anti-Russia inclinations." [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&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>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:57:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 11, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama emphasizes cooperation with China on first stop in Asia tour</strong><br />On the first leg of a three-country Asia tour, President Obama announced today a trade deal with China that could be worth $1 trillion. In a deal struck by Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation</span> Summit in Beijing, both countries agreed to drop tariffs on technologies ranging from semiconductors to MRI machines. "<span>This is encouraging news for the U.S.-China relationship," U.S. Trade Representative <span>Michael Froman said.</span> [<em>The Wall Street Journal</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:59:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 10, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. ISIS leader reportedly wounded in airstrike</strong><br />An airstrike on a meeting of Islamic State militants in western Iraq wounded the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries reported Sunday. Iraqi officials said they did not know the extent of Baghdadi's injuries. President Obama said in an interview broadcast by CBS on Sunday that the battle against ISIS was entering a "new phase" with the addition of 1,500 U.S. troops to help train Iraqi security forces battling the Islamist group. [<em>The Associated Press</em>, <em>CNN</em>]</p><p >&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>Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:56:00 -050010 things you need to know today: October 31, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Suspect in Pennsylvania police killing caught after 48-day search</strong><br />Law enforcement officers captured Eric Frein, one of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, in Pennsylvania on Thursday after a 48-day manhunt. Frein, a 31-year-old survivalist, is suspected of killing one Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another in a September sniper attack on a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. U.S. marshals on routine patrol caught him inside a hangar at a small airport that has been abandoned since 1998. Authorities said Frein was armed but surrendered without a fight. [<em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 30, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Giants win their third World Series in five years</strong><br />The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a hard-fought Game 7 to win the World Series on Wednesday night. The Giants were the first team to win three Major League Baseball championships in five years since the New York Yankees won four in five years in the late 1990s. Giants ace and series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who had already earned two wins in the series, pitched the last five innings and held on to the team's narrow lead by allowing just two hits, getting the final out with the tying run on third. [<em>San Jose Mercury News...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:01:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 29, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama argues against automatic Ebola quarantines</strong><br />President Obama implicitly criticized automatic quarantines of health workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, saying that "we don&rsquo;t want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines." Obama did not directly address the controversial quarantine policies imposed by the governors of New York and New Jersey, but he said, "We know that the best way to protect Americans ultimately is going to stop this outbreak at the source." Liberia's president called the quarantines a troubling "overreaction." [...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:53:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 28, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Quarantined Ebola nurse allowed to leave New Jersey</strong><br />New Jersey officials on Monday discharged a nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had been forcibly quarantined when she arrived at the Newark airport after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who had faced intense pressure to let Hickox, 33, leave the hospital, announced the news via Twitter. Hickox, who called the state's quarantine policy "inhumane," tested negative for Ebola. She returned home to Maine on Tuesday and will be temporarily isolated at home under the state's Ebola protocols. [<em>USA Today</em>, <em>The Associated...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 27, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. New York eases Ebola quarantine rule after White House intervenes</strong><br />Under pressure from the White House and health experts, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday relaxed his state's strict policy of quarantining medical workers returning from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa. Administration officials and medical experts argued that the rules, announced Friday in New York and New Jersey, would discourage doctors and nurses from joining the Ebola fight. Cuomo, then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said Sunday that those showing no symptoms could be quarantined at home. [<em>The New York Times...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 24, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. New York doctor found to be city's first Ebola case</strong><br />A New York City doctor tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, becoming the city's first case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, had recently returned from Guinea, where he treated Ebola patients. Spencer reportedly took a subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn and went to a bowling alley on Wednesday night before waking up the next morning with a 103-degree fever. Health workers quarantined his fianc&eacute;e and two others, and tried to track down anyone who might have had contact with him before he was rushed to a hospital. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ottawa locked down after gunman attacks Parliament</strong><br />A gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed a soldier guarding Canada's National War Memorial, then entered the Parliament building across a plaza and started shooting there. Zehaf-Bibeau, who was believed to be a convert to Islam identified as a "high-risk traveler," was killed in a shootout with security personnel. The attack left Ottawa, Canada's capital, on lockdown, and came three days after an attack on two soldiers in Quebec. [<em>Bloomberg News</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&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>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -0400