The Week: Most Recent from Jon Terbush recent posts.en-usSun, 27 Jul 2014 10:38:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent from Jon Terbush from THE WEEKSun, 27 Jul 2014 10:38:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 27, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Hamas calls for 24-hour truce as death toll tops 1,050</strong><br />Hamas on Sunday requested a 24-hour humanitarian truce ahead of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan. The request came one day after the militant Palestinian group rejected an Israeli-proposed truce, saying the terms were "unacceptable" because they did not mandate Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. More than 1,050 Palestinians have died in the three-week-old conflict, the majority of them civilians. [<em>USA Today</em>, <em>NBC News</em>]</p><p >&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, 27 Jul 2014 10:38:00 -0400Ray Rice and the NFL's insanely inconsistent discipline problem<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The NFL thinks wife-beating is less serious than pot-smoking.</p><p class="p1">At least, that's the impression you would get from the way the league has handled off-field infractions of late, treating drugs like an abominable scourge and domestic violence as nothing more than a minor, private incident.</p><p class="p1">That glaring disparity was laid bare Thursday, when the NFL announced a meager two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, who in February was charged with assaulting his wife, then-fianc&eacute;e, Janay Palmer. Rice was caught on camera dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator in an Atlantic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ukrainian rebels recover downed plane's black boxes</strong><br />Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine collected the flight recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. A separatist spokesman, Alexander Borodai, said Sunday the rebels would turn the recorders over to international aviation experts. Armed militiamen also reportedly seized the remains of nearly 200 victims from the crash and loaded them on to refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city, prompting complaints from Western leaders that the rebels were hampering recovery and investigative efforts. [<em>Associated Press</em>, <em>The New York...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:33:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 13, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Israel sends ground troops into Gaza</strong><br />Israeli troops briefly entered Gaza Sunday morning to attack a missile launching site, marking the most extreme escalation in the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine. The brief ground incursion, combined with Israel's decision to station tanks and troops along Gaza's border, stoked fears of an even wider military campaign. The United Nations called for a cease-fire Saturday, though both sides ignored the plea. [<em>The Washington Post</em>, <em>NBC</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/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:23:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 6, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Report: NSA sweeps snare bystanders far more than intended targets</strong><br />Surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency led to the collection of significantly more information on "incidental" innocents than on the NSA's intended targets, according to <em>The Washington Post</em>. Citing files provided by Edward Snowden that detailed collections between 2009 and 2012, the <em>Post</em> found that only about 10 percent of accounts culled in that time period belonged to targets; the rest belonged to people accidentally caught in the agency's wide search nets. Further, many of the files &mdash; a large portion...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:18:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 5, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. German man accused of spying for U.S.</strong><br />A German man was arrested this week and accused of passing along classified documents to another nation, which is believed to be the United States. The man, employed by Germany's intelligence service, was allegedly gathering information on a parliamentary investigation into claims of U.S. espionage. The arrest comes after a year of strained relations between Germany and the U.S. over allegations that the NSA spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>BBC</em>]</p><p >&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>Sat, 05 Jul 2014 10:25:00 -040010 things you need to know today: June 29, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Benghazi terror suspect pleads not guilty</strong><br />The Libyan man accused of orchestrating the attack on the Benghazi, Libya, embassy that killed four Americans pleaded not guilty in court on Saturday. U.S. forces nabbed the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, two weeks ago in a secret raid and transported him to the states to face trial in a civilian, not military, court. Khattala has so far only been charged with one count of conspiring to aid terrorists, though it's assumed the government will bring more specific charges soon. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&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, 29 Jun 2014 10:20:00 -040010 things you need to know today: June 22, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. ISIS insurgents capture key Iraqi border town</strong><br />Sunni militants expanded their offensive against the Iraqi government over the weekend, capturing the key border town of Al-Qaim along with three other towns in the area. The territories lie along the border with Syria, raising the threat of foreign militants and weapons pouring into the fray, and of a cross-border conflict spreading well beyond Iraq. Hence, President Obama on Sunday warned, "We're going to have to be vigilant generally" because the violence "could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan." [<em>CNN</em>, <em>Associated Press</em>]</p><p >&hellip;...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:48:00 -0400The thrill of World Cup nationalism<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The United States' men's soccer team entered the World Cup as the 13th best team in the world, per FIFA. Ghana, by contrast, came in as the 37th-ranked team. And yet, when the Americans went up 2-1 en route to vanquishing the Black Stars in a thrilling affair Monday, fans across the U.S. exploded like we'd just one the whole danged tournament, like David had slain Goliath with an improbable header.</p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">Similar scenes unfolded in bars, plazas, malls, parks, offices, and living rooms around the nation. Vice President Joe Biden did his best Joe Biden impersonation, back-slapping and glad-handing his...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:03:00 -040010 things you need to know today: June 15, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. U.S. sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf</strong><br />With Iraq plunging deeper into chaos, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Saturday ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush into the Persian Gulf. The move, which came one day after President Obama ruled out a ground campaign but said he was considering other military options to push back against Iraqi insurgents, gives the U.S. a launching pad to conduct air strikes within the country. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government said it was increasing a counteroffensive against the Sunni rebels who last week captured parts of northern and western Iraq...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:34:00 -0400What your World Cup team of choice says about you<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">If you're an American, odds are you don't give a hoot about soccer and know next to nothing about the sport. (Hint: It's the game where hands are verboten and feigning death is encouraged.) But this is the World Cup, and no one wants to feel left out.</p><p class="p1">Supporting Team USA is your birthright, even if you don't know the difference between a red card and a yellow card. Supporting the nation of your ancestors is acceptable, too, since you can lay some claim to kinship.</p><p class="p1">But there will be plenty of games where USA won't be playing. And given that the red, white, and blue has a pretty poor chance of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:35:00 -0400Hillary Clinton's non-campaign for president<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The line outside the Manhattan Barnes &amp; Noble began forming overnight, and by early morning it wrapped around the corner, down the block, around another corner, most of the way down that block, and finally ended near a service entrance where a sizable security detail waited. A sparkling tour bus festooned with slogans idled as volunteers waved placards and dispensed rolls of stickers to the crowd. Dozens of reporters, gawkers, and a curbside vendor hawking unlicensed promotional wares clogged the sidewalk, jockeying for space.</p><p class="p1">The occasion: Hillary Clinton, author, was in town to sign some...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:24:00 -040010 things you need to know today: June 8, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. California Chrome falls short in Triple Crown bid</strong><br />Needing only a win in the Belmont Stakes to pull off horse racing's first Triple Crown in 36 years, California Chrome slogged to a disappointing fifth-place finish Saturday. Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes instead. None of the top three finishers raced in both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby &mdash; the other two legs of the Triple Crown &mdash; leading Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn to blast their owners for taking "the coward's way out." [<em>CNN</em>, <em>Associated Press</em>]</p><p >&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, 08 Jun 2014 10:35:00 -0400Stop hating on LeBron James<img src="" /></P><p>Four years ago, LeBron James made the biggest mistake of his professional career: He went on TV to announce that he was going to go play basketball with his friends.</p><p class="p1">Okay, so it was a bit more complicated than that. James made the announcement in the most inane way possible, with the nationally televised and eminently cringe-worthy "The Decision." He ditched his home state for Florida. He teamed up with two other superstars to form a tripartite basketball Megazord.</p><p class="p1">Most egregiously, he looked downright giddy while doing it.</p><p class="p1">With nine simple words &mdash; "I'm going to take my talents to South...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:25:00 -0400The GOP's Bergdahl backlash has slipped into farce<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">If you were to think of the person least qualified to criticize the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, it would have to be someone who oversaw an even more controversial prisoner exchange. Throw in an illegal weapons sale, multiple felony charges, and bingo, you've got a guy with basically zero credibility to throw stones on this issue.</p><p class="p1">Enter Oliver North.</p><p class="p1">Yes, the former Reagan aide best known for his role in the Iran-Contra affair is miffed about the Bergdahl deal. North exhibited a complete lack of self-awareness Tuesday by baldly insisting, without evidence, that the Obama administration or one...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:05:00 -040010 things you need to know today: May 25, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ukraine holds presidential election amid unrest in east</strong><br />Ukrainian voters head to the polls Sunday to pick a new president to replace Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February. Despite scattered reports of pro-Russian separatists smashing ballot boxes and attempting to disrupt the election, voters are reportedly turning out in record numbers. Tycoon Petro Poroshenko &mdash; dubbed the "chocolate king" for having made his fortune in confections &mdash; is considered the clear frontrunner. [<em>BBC</em>, <em>CBS</em>]</p><p >&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, 25 May 2014 10:33:00 -0400