The Week: Most Recent from Jon Terbush recent posts.en-usSun, 23 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent from Jon Terbush from THE WEEKSun, 23 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 23, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dead at 78</strong><br />Marion Barry, the former four-term mayor of Washington, D.C., and a sitting member of the city council, died Sunday morning. He was 78 years old. Barry's family did not specify a cause of death, though the lawmaker had been in poor health for some time. Barry served as mayor from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999, with a six-month prison sentence in between after he was caught smoking crack. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&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/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -0500Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race.</p><p class="p1">Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger &mdash; we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture.</p><p class="p1">By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured Republicans will finally have to address immigration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:23:00 -0500Why Republicans could win a shutdown battle with President Obama<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Last October, Republicans embarked on a fool's errand to stop ObamaCare with a government shutdown. They ended up sending their party's approval rating into a seeming death spiral.</p><p class="p1">Yet the GOP soon rebounded, helped along by the health care law's poor rollout. This month, Republicans pummeled Democrats in the midterms en route to their largest congressional majority since World War II.</p><p class="p1">Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), soon to be majority leader, has vowed that there will be no more government shutdowns. But with President Obama planning to move ahead unilaterally on immigration reform, Washington...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:31:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 16, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. ISIS claims to behead U.S. aid worker</strong><br />The Islamic State on Sunday released a graphic video purporting to show the severed head of 26-year-old Peter Kassig, an American aid worker and former Army Ranger who was captured last October. Unlike previous videos ISIS has released of its executed victims, the latest footage does not show any part of the beheading, nor does it involve a final spoken message from the captive. The White House could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video. If confirmed, Kassig would be the fifth Western hostage killed by ISIS this year. [<em>The New York Times...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:21:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 9, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. North Korea frees two American captives</strong><br />North Korea on Saturday freed two American prisoners who had been held captive in the country. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller were released within hours of each other, according to the State Department. Bae, a Christian missionary, had been detained for allegedly trying to convert North Koreans, while Miller was accused of tearing up his visa and trying to stay illegally in the country. [<em>NBC News</em>, <em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&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/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:53:00 -0500How the Tea Party lost the 2014 midterms<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In March, as the Republican Party salivated over a favorable midterm map that showed control of the Senate was within their reach, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a warning to the Tea Party.</p><p class="p1">"I think we are going to crush them everywhere," he said. "I don't think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country."</p><p class="p1">McConnell's remark would prove prophetic. Despite furious threats to boot "turncoat" bums from office, the Tea Party failed to pick off any incumbent Senate Republicans in the primaries this year. Attempts to unseat sitting GOP senators in Texas,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:57:00 -0500The silver lining for Democrats in 2014: Governors' races<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Election Day is finally here, and Democrats seem headed for a resounding defeat. The party is projected to lose control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, while also shedding some House seats, potentially resulting in the most GOP-heavy Congress since 1929.</p><p class="p1">On a national level, Democrats are probably screwed. Yet there is one area where the party can feel optimistic heading into election night: gubernatorial races.</p><p class="p1">There are 36 gubernatorial races this midterm cycle. And though there is a high degree of uncertainty to them &mdash; 14 are considered toss-ups, per <em>The Cook Political Report...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 04 Nov 2014 05:56:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 2, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. U.N. report warns of 'irreversible' impacts of climate change</strong><br />A failure to swiftly rein in greenhouse gas emissions will send the planet hurtling toward "severe, pervasive and irreversible" consequences, according to a new United Nations report. Adopted Saturday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 175-page report is the fifth and final document to emerge from the group since 1990. It warns in the starkest terms yet that humans are causing climate change, and that the ramifications are no longer theoretical but are already being felt in the form of warming oceans and extreme...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 02 Nov 2014 10:24:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 1, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes, killing pilot</strong><br />One person was killed and another injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, a commercial spacecraft prototype, splintered and crashed Friday during a test flight. The craft went down in California's Mojave Desert, scattering debris over a two-mile area and raising questions about the safety of the nascent commercial space tourism industry. The test flight was SpaceShipTwo's first with a new engine and specially-formulated fuel, though investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash. "Space is hard &mdash; but worth it," Virgin founder...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:27:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 26, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. 25 European banks fail stress test</strong><br />Twenty-five of Europe's largest banks flunked a financial stress test because they did not have big enough cash buffers to weather a hypothetical economic crisis, the European Central Bank said Sunday. The stress test examined 25 eurozone banks' finances through the end of 2013. Among those that failed, 13 have still not raised enough capital to insulate themselves from a future crisis. In order to do so, the ECB said, they'll need to raise another 10 billion euros, or $12.5 billion. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Associated Press</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400How Scott Brown is executing the perfect GOP Senate campaign<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who changed his residency to take a crack at Congress from neighboring New Hampshire, is within striking distance of embarrassing New England Democrats once again.</p><p class="p1">Recent polls have found Brown surging in his bid to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), an upset that would greatly increase the GOP's chances of retaking the Senate. A CNN survey released Thursday put Brown just two points back in the race, and poll aggregators paint a favorable trend line for him:</p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" scrolling="no" src=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">Though Brown is still a longshot to win, his campaign has clearly been effective. And...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400Stop hating on cyclists<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Why do fake numbers start with 555?</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Machine</em></li><li>This week I learned why toothpaste and OJ don't mix, and more</li></ul><p > </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0400Baseball's new secret to success: Don't strike out<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The Kansas City Royals are not, as some have suggested, the future of baseball. They are a flawed team that squeaked into the playoffs with only 89 wins and a healthy bit of luck. They outperformed their expected record by five games, third-highest in the majors, and their offense rated out as 6 percent worse than the league average this year.</p><p class="p1">Yet the Royals are indeed on the forefront of a new baseball wave in one crucial respect: They refuse to strike out.</p><p class="p1">"Don't strike out" may seem like a facile maxim, as obvious a suggestion as telling a team to blast a bunch of homers. Yet in baseball's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:10:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. North Korea and South Korea trade gunfire</strong><br />North Korean and South Korean soldiers briefly exchanged gunfire on Sunday across the heavily-fortified border between the two nations. It was the second such shootout between the two sides in the past 10 days. The incident began when about 10 North Korean troops approached the boundary line between the two nations and disregarded warnings to turn back. Troops from the South then fired warning shots, leading to a 10-minute volley of gunfire that did not result in any reported casualties or injuries. [<em>The Associated Press</em>, <em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:32:00 -0400Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In April, Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza issued a warning to the thousands of industry folks gathered at the annual Brewers Conference in Denver. Recalling a recent beer festival where he'd sampled offerings from about 10 new breweries, Gatza said seven or eight clearly needed improvement.</p><p class="p1">"We hate to see this segment being brought down with people having bad experiences in their glass when they're trying craft beer," he said.</p><p class="p1">Or to put it more bluntly, as he then did: "Don't f--k it up."</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Concerns for #craftbeer brewers #CBC2014</p>&mdash; BeerAdvocate ...</blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:01:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 5, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Hong Kong protesters agree to scale back demonstrations</strong><br />Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday agreed to scale back their blockades ahead of the work week so schools and government offices could open. The government had warned protesters to pull back or face another crackdown, with a police spokesperson saying, "To restore order, we are determined and we are confident we have the capability to take any necessary action." The concession came as both sides said they were willing to begin negotiations over ending the week-old stalemate. Tens of thousands of people have flooded Hong Kong...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0400