The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 18 Sep 2014 07:24:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKThu, 18 Sep 2014 07:24:00 -0400The Republican who should write Obama's speeches<img src="" /></P><p>Finally, an honest answer from the U.S. government about the likelihood of Americans ever fighting on the ground in Iraq against ISIS:</p><p >We're going to defeat ISIS. That's what we're going to do. We're going to do it together. We're going to bring in coalition forces. We don't think it's going to need big units, like the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st MEF, we don't believe that, but it may require our special capabilities, soldiers, and intelligence officials, going downrange, if you will, to make sure that we are effective in what we're going to do.</p><p>Kudos to the presidential speechwriter for...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 18 Sep 2014 07:24:00 -0400Mike Huckabee's head-scratching advice to Christian voters<img src="" /></P><p>On Friday, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee dispensed some dubious advice to voting Christians:</p><p >I would urge pastors to get in the pulpit and call people to Biblical truth as it relates to the issue of life and marriage, and even the issue of stewardship, and never be apologetic and say, 'Vote the Bible in your own heart.'[&hellip;] I hear people say sometimes, 'Vote your pocketbook.' Well, if you vote the scripture you'll ultimately benefit your pocketbook, because everything about the economy that's wrong would be fixed if people had a Biblical understanding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elizabeth-stoker-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -0400The Guest: A witty, blood-drenched riff on Mary Poppins<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Not all genre pastiches are created equal. Director Adam Wingard's breakout movie, <em>You're Next</em>, was a loving but uneven nod to the slasher genre. But his new film, <em>The Guest</em> &mdash; a similarly pitched tribute to 80s horror-thrillers like <em>The Terminator</em> and <em>Halloween</em> &mdash; is a smarter, more daring, and all-around more accomplished film than its predecessor.</p><p class="p1"><em>The Guest </em>openly acknowledges its 80s influences, but its closest cousin is a far more unlikely movie: <em>Mary Poppins</em>. Like Mary, David flies in from nowhere to "enrich" the lives of a dysfunctional family, in this case the Petersons. He says...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:08:00 -0400Jon Stewart mocks ISIS over apparent jealousy of Ebola, airs mock Ebola terrorist video</P><p>On Tuesday night, for some reason, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a Hollywood-style movie trailer apparently taunting the U.S. to send in ground troops to fight its militants. Jon Stewart wasn't impressed. "Did you say slick <em>video</em>?" he said in mock terror on Wednesday night's <em>Daily Show</em>. "I knew they had weapons but I didn't know they had Final Cut Pro!"</p><p>After cruelly suggesting that ISIS videographers can always work for CNN's graphic department if their "caliphate" doesn't work out, Stewart turned to an actual threat to the U.S. and humanity: Ebola. Unlike with Syria, President...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:07:00 -0400The European Union was supposed to end nationalism. It gave it new life instead.<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">From this corner of the world, the European Union always looked a dreary German project, one that was badly anti-democratic. The way the EU made nations vote over and over again on rejected treaties until it got the answer it wanted seemed unseemly in execution and Soviet in spirit. To an American conservative, Brussels appeared to be a locus of anti-nationalism, or post-nationalism.</p><p class="p1">And that was the intent. But looking at the events of 2014, I am starting to wonder if the EU isn't the mother of a 21st century nationalism.</p><p class="p2">Patrick Buchanan, following Jerry Mueller and others, believes Europe...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:06:00 -0400The American middle class is no longer safe from poverty -- and that might be a good thing<img src="" /></P><p>We tend to think of the poor as a fixed group mired in disadvantage, far removed from the relative security of the middle class. But the truth is that in post-recession America, poverty has become a thoroughly middle-class issue.</p><p>More than 46 million people live in poverty, and that's bad enough. But a full 80 percent of American adults experience economic insecurity at some point in their lives, according to a survey by the <em>Associated Press</em>. This is defined as unemployment, spending more than a year receiving government aid, or living below 150 percent of the poverty line.</p><p>This grim figure quantifies...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/joel-dodge" ><span class="byline">Joel Dodge</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:05:00 -0400Australian police raid suspected ISIS supporters to thwart random public beheadings</P><p>On Thursday, more than 800 Australian federal and state police raided 15 houses and 10 cars in Sydney, arresting 15 people and breaking up what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was a plot by local ISIS supporters to carry out and videotape the beheadings of random victims. "This is not just suspicion, this is intent, and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have," he said.</p><p>Thursday's pre-dawn raid was the largest in Australia's history, and comes a few days after the government raised the threat level in response to the perceived threat from ISIS supporters...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:43:00 -0400VA watchdog: Maybe VA hospital wait times did contribute to veterans' deaths</P><p>In late August, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general released a report on the long wait times at the VA hospital in Phoenix, saying it couldn't "conclusively assert" that the lengthy, "clinically significant" waits caused the deaths of six or more veterans, as whistle-blowers alleged. At a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, officials from the VA watchdog office acknowledged that the wait times may have contributed to those deaths.</p><p>VA Inspector General Richard J. Griffin stood by the report, though he said at one point that the long waits "could have" contributed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:02:00 -0400Teen crashes SUV after friend sets his armpit hair on fire</P><p>For reasons that only make sense to a teenage boy, a 16-year-old set his 18-year-old friend's armpit hair on fire while driving, resulting in the SUV crashing and five people injured.</p><p>The accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in southeast Boise, <em>The Associated Press </em>reports. The Ada County Sheriff's office said that none of the passengers in the Ford Bronco were wearing seatbelts, and it appeared that the driver, Tristian Myers, was speeding. Two of the passengers, ages 15 and 16, were ejected from the vehicle, but none of the teenagers had life-threatening injuries.</p><p>Myers was cited by...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Sep 2014 04:06:00 -0400Jon Stewart gets nostalgic for when the NFL's biggest fear was the 'distraction' of a gay player</P><p>On Wednesday night's <em>Daily Show</em>, Jon Stewart heaped a bit of good-natured scorn on the NFL, capping a day in which three NFL players were pulled from their teams over charges of assaulting women, children, or both. (Stewart taped before the Arizona Cardinals yanked running back Jonathan Dwyer from their roster.) He walked through the string of domestic violence scandals in the league, panned the NFL's unsteady handling of the cases, mocked Sean Hannity, and chided pro football for letting top sponsor Anheuser-Busch act as its moral compass.</p><p>"Alcohol &mdash; maybe one of the only substances that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:03:00 -0400Neil Patrick Harris lets the reader choose their own adventure in his new autobiography</P><p>Leave it to Neil Patrick Harris to come up with a new way of writing a memoir: <em>Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography </em>lets you, the reader, star in the actor's life.</p><p>The book &mdash; out Oct. 14 &mdash; promises to share everything from what it was like to play Doogie Howser to how it feels to be on board Elton John's yacht. Harris made a trailer for <em>Choose Your Own Autobiography, </em>which demonstrates how the reader will be able to select different paths for Harris to take. Watch the video below, and please pick wisely (don't make him take shots of rubbing alcohol!). <em>--Catherine Garcia...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Sep 2014 03:23:00 -0400Study: Chimpanzees don't kill due to human interference</P><p>A new study in <em>Nature </em>states that chimpanzees have warrior-like instincts on their own, and aren't more likely to get aggressive when humans are around.</p><p>Researchers looked at data from more than 50 years in 18 different chimpanzee communities, as well as data from four groups of bonobos, the kinder cousin of the chimpanzee. The data showed that killings between chimps are not more likely to happen when humans are somehow involved in their life, and bonobos do not kill each other, period.</p><p>Chimpanzees and humans share a common ancestor from about seven million years ago, which is why researchers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Sep 2014 02:57:00 -0400Will Scotch be on the rocks if Scotland votes for independence?</P><p>Scotch whisky is the third-largest contributor to Scotland's GDP, and some members of the industry are worried about what might happen to business if the country becomes independent.</p><p>Mike Younger, finance director for Macleod Distillers (makers of Glengoyne Single Malt), was one of just a handful of executives willing to speak to CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. He said that there is uncertainty about currency, interest rate levels, and membership in the European Union. "I'm nervous," he said, "because the results could be quite difficult for business."</p><p>He's also worried that if Scotland becomes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Sep 2014 01:45:00 -0400Candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court convicted of refusing breathalyzer test</P><p>Well, this might not look good.</p><p>Michelle MacDonald, a candidate this November for the Minnesota Supreme Court, was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a traffic stop in April 2013, in which she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test &mdash; or even exit the car &mdash; after police suspected she might be driving drunk.</p><p>MacDonald will appeal her convictions on resisting arrest and refusal of the breath test, the <em>Star Tribune</em> reports &mdash; but she will not appeal her conviction for speeding.</p><p>MacDonald is running against incumbent Justice David Lillehaug, who was appointed to the bench...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldThu, 18 Sep 2014 01:40:00 -0400Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer becomes 3rd NFL player yanked over domestic violence charges on Wednesday</P><p>Wednesday was terrible for the National Football League, at least public-relations-wise. After the Minnesota Vikings gave in to pressure (especially from advertisers) and re-deactivated Adrian Peterson and the Carolina Panthers pulled defensive end Greg Hardy from their active roster, the Arizona Cardinals late Wednesday deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after police arrested him on charges of aggravated assault in a domestic violence case. Peterson and Hardy were also suspended due to charges of domestic violence.</p><p>Police in Maricopa County say that Dwyer denies the allegations of physical...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:32:00 -0400Watch Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Jimmy Fallon duke it out during an impressive lip sync battle</P><p>It may have been a lip sync battle between Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night's <em>Tonight Show</em>, but it turned into a dance-off when all three decided to bust a move.</p><p>Shelton showed off his "tap dancing" skills during Taco's version of "Puttin' on the Ritz," while Fallon transformed Ellie Goulding's "Burn" into an interpretive dance. Stefani took the first round by just being herself, running around to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" like she was onstage at a No Doubt concert.</p><p>The trio went all out for Round Two, with Fallon incorporating sound effects and Stefani...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Sep 2014 00:37:00 -0400