The Week: Most Recent Home Page Postshttp://theweek.com/homeMost recent posts.en-usSun, 20 Apr 2014 19:34:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKSun, 20 Apr 2014 19:34:00 -0400What to watch as the 2014 midterm campaigns gear uphttp://theweek.com/article/index/260213/what-to-watch-as-the-2014-midterm-campaigns-gear-uphttp://theweek.com/article/index/260213/what-to-watch-as-the-2014-midterm-campaigns-gear-up<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0089/44656_article_small_full/w/300/h/300/taegan-goddard.jpg?204" /></P><p>This past week on Political Wire's podcast, we spoke to Democratic Pollster of the Year Anna Greenberg, of the Democratic-aligned firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, about social media's influence on public opinion and the important issues and political dynamics at play in the 2014 midterms.<br /><br />Here are five takeaways from the conversation:<br /><br /><strong>1. Public opinion doesn't only mean phone surveys anymore; social media qualifies, too.</strong> Greenberg drew an analogy between the expression of political opinions on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook today and the forwarding of emails from MoveOn.org...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260213/what-to-watch-as-the-2014-midterm-campaigns-gear-up">More</a>Taegan GoddardSun, 20 Apr 2014 19:34:00 -0400TNT's NBA analysts honored Craig Sager by donning ugly, mismatched suitshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260212/speedreads-tnts-nba-analysts-honored-craig-sager-by-donning-ugly-mismatched-suitshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260212/speedreads-tnts-nba-analysts-honored-craig-sager-by-donning-ugly-mismatched-suits</P><p>TNT's colorful hoops analyst Craig Sager, who is perhaps known best for his outrageous attire, will miss the 2014 NBA playoffs to undergo treatment for leukemia. So in Sager's honor, the TNT studio crew on Sunday put on their worst suits for a perfect, touching tribute:</p><center></center><p>Ernie Johnson's striped socks may be the best touch of all.</p><p>Get well, Craig. You, your suits, and your hilarious interactions with Kevin Garnett, are dearly missed.</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260212/speedreads-tnts-nba-analysts-honored-craig-sager-by-donning-ugly-mismatched-suits">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0400George Saunders' 6 favorite bookshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260121/george-saunders-6-favorite-bookshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260121/george-saunders-6-favorite-books<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58971_article_main/w/240/h/300/george-saunders-is-one-of-the-most-acclaimed-short-story-writers-of-our-time.jpg?204" /></P><p><strong>In Our Time</strong> by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner, $14). Before Hemingway was a famously macho world icon, he was a magnificent 20-something prose prodigy. He does more poetic work with two- to three-sentence clusters than any writer I know. I teach <em>Indian Camp</em> as an example of constant, meaningful escalation.</p><div><p><strong>The Complete Works of Isaac Babel</strong> (Norton, $25). Babel was as laconic as Hemingway, but more lyrical. I don't know a writer who has expressed the essential strangeness of childhood better: real as a dusty couch, yet full of mythic beauty. <em>In the Basement</em> is the funniest, most uncomfortable story...</p></div> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260121/george-saunders-6-favorite-books">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 20 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0400Watch a tiny puppy squirm in Curtis Granderson's baseball mitthttp://theweek.com/article/index/260211/speedreads-watch-a-tiny-puppy-squirm-in-curtis-grandersons-baseball-mitthttp://theweek.com/article/index/260211/speedreads-watch-a-tiny-puppy-squirm-in-curtis-grandersons-baseball-mitt</P><p>Baseball is great. Puppies are great. Put the two together and you get this:</p><center><br /></center><p>That's the New York Mets' Curtis Granderson cradling a pooch in his glove during the team's Bark in the Park event Saturday. The promotional event, which benefits the North Shore Animal League America, allows fans and their dogs to sit in designated seats to catch the game. It's an adorable, if risky, plan. Can you really expect dozens of dogs to sit still and quiet &mdash; and to not, ahem, mark their territory &mdash; for an entire three-plus hour game?</p><p>There were no reports of dogs leaping onto the field Saturday...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260211/speedreads-watch-a-tiny-puppy-squirm-in-curtis-grandersons-baseball-mitt">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:23:00 -0400CNN asks if the KKK can 'rebrand'http://theweek.com/article/index/260210/speedreads-cnn-asks-if-the-kkk-can-rebrandhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260210/speedreads-cnn-asks-if-the-kkk-can-rebrand</P><p>Allow me to answer this one for you CNN: No. No, no, no, no, no. The Ku Klux Klan cannot 'rebrand' itself because it is not only a criminal hate organization, but rather the most infamous criminal hate organization in America.</p><p>The overwhelming prima facie case against CNN's inquisitive headline should have been enough for the network to put the kibosh on the article right there, before it got to the appalling lead, "Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees." And even CNN, after digging a bit to probe whether the KKK could reinvent itself as a peaceful group opposed...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260210/speedreads-cnn-asks-if-the-kkk-can-rebrand">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:48:00 -0400Justice Scalia: 'Perhaps you should revolt' if taxes get too highhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260209/speedreads-justice-scalia-perhaps-you-should-revolt-if-taxes-get-too-highhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260209/speedreads-justice-scalia-perhaps-you-should-revolt-if-taxes-get-too-high</P><p>Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a gathering of law students last week that if they were displeased with the nation's tax structure, maybe they should revolt to change it.</p><p>Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the outspoken Justice affirmed the government's constitutional authority to levy taxes. However, he added that "if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."</p><p>Scalia made his remarks Tuesday, and <em>The Washington Times</em> flagged them Saturday.</p><p>It's worth noting that Scalia has a sense of humor often exhibited in his questions from the bench...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260209/speedreads-justice-scalia-perhaps-you-should-revolt-if-taxes-get-too-high">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:18:00 -0400Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dead at 76http://theweek.com/article/index/260208/speedreads-rubin-hurricane-carter-boxer-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-dead-at-76http://theweek.com/article/index/260208/speedreads-rubin-hurricane-carter-boxer-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-dead-at-76</P><p>Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the star boxer whose wrongful murder conviction in the 1960s sparked an international outcry against alleged racial bias in the criminal justice system, has died of prostate cancer. He was 76.</p><p>Carter was tried and convicted twice of shooting and killing three men in New Jersey in 1966 despite a startling lack of evidence and amid allegations that the prosecution was motivated by racial prejudice. Both convictions were later overturned, though Carter remained jailed for almost two decades.</p><p>Carter's case was immortalized in Bob Dylan's 1975 epic "Hurricane," and in the...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260208/speedreads-rubin-hurricane-carter-boxer-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-dead-at-76">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:36:00 -0400Pope Francis celebrates Easter with a tweet and a thumbs uphttp://theweek.com/article/index/260207/speedreads-pope-francis-celebrates-easter-with-a-tweet-and-a-thumbs-uphttp://theweek.com/article/index/260207/speedreads-pope-francis-celebrates-easter-with-a-tweet-and-a-thumbs-up</P><p>Pope Francis on Sunday delivered an Easter blessing to an estimated crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square, using the address to call for peace around the world. And in a sign of the times, the Pope &mdash; or whomever runs his social media presence &mdash; marked the holiday with a simple tweet.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Christ is risen! Alleluia!</p>&mdash; Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 20, 2014</blockquote></center><p>And though Pope Francis did not, as he did last week, follow up his appearance by posing for selfies with those gathered in the square, he did give a thumbs up to the crowd. Quite the modern papacy indeed.</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260207/speedreads-pope-francis-celebrates-easter-with-a-tweet-and-a-thumbs-up">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:07:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 20, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/260206/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-april-20-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/260206/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-april-20-2014<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0118/59001_article_main/w/240/h/300/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-in-st-peters-square.jpg?204" /></P><p><strong>1. Ukrainian PM warns Putin 'dreams' of rebuilding Soviet Union</strong><br />In an interview with <em>Meet the Press</em> that will air Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on annexing more territory. "President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union," Yatsenyuk said, "and every day he goes further and further, and God knows where is the final destination." The remark came as fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine left at least five people dead. [<em>NBC</em>, <em>BBC</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260206/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-april-20-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:19:00 -0400Wounded in Boston, two brothers endurehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260117/wounded-in-boston-two-brothers-endurehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260117/wounded-in-boston-two-brothers-endure<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58984_article_main/w/240/h/300/paul-left-and-his-brother-jp-embrace-after-a-news-conference-a-month-after-the-bombings-last-year.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>W</strong></span><span class="s2"><strong>HEN TWO BOMBS</strong></span><span class="s3"> transformed last year's Boston Marathon into a war zone, the Norden family absorbed a double dose of grief. J.P., 34, and his brother Paul, 32, strapping construction workers in their prime who were there to cheer on a friend, each lost a leg in the carnage.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s3">Since then, they have slowly, achingly, been rebuilding their lives. After lengthy hospital stays and more than 50 surgeries between them, they are walking on prosthetic legs. They talk of starting a roofing business together. Both have moved out of their mother's house and are living with their girlfriends. Paul is engaged...</span></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260117/wounded-in-boston-two-brothers-endure">More</a>By Katharine Q. SeelyeSun, 20 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400Your Healthcare.gov password has been reset. Blame the Heartbleed bug.http://theweek.com/article/index/260205/speedreads-your-healthcaregov-password-has-been-reset-blame-the-heartbleed-bughttp://theweek.com/article/index/260205/speedreads-your-healthcaregov-password-has-been-reset-blame-the-heartbleed-bug</P><p>Healthcare.gov may be vulnerable to a catastrophic bug, and this time it's not one of the administration's making. Regarded as one of the biggest security risks to ever hit the Internet, Heartbleed's extent is still so unknown that the administration is asking everyone who used the federal exchange website to come up with new passwords for their accounts, just in case.</p><p>To be clear, the administration says there is "no indication" anyone's information has been compromised. But because the bug is so vast and complex, its existence so newly-discovered, they've already gone ahead and reset all users...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260205/speedreads-your-healthcaregov-password-has-been-reset-blame-the-heartbleed-bug">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:44:00 -0400Ukrainian PM: Putin 'has a dream to restore the Soviet Union'http://theweek.com/article/index/260204/speedreads-ukrainian-pm-putin-has-a-dream-to-restore-the-soviet-unionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260204/speedreads-ukrainian-pm-putin-has-a-dream-to-restore-the-soviet-union</P><p>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Russian President Vladimir Putin is bent on slicing off more territory from neighboring lands in an attempt to rebuild a romanticized ideal of the Soviet Union.</p><p>In an interview with <em>Meet the Press</em> that will air Sunday, Yatsenyuk says Putin has his sights set on eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have in the past two weeks taken over buildings and sparred with security forces.</p><p>"President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union," he says, "and every day he goes further and further, and God knows where is the final destination."</p>... <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260204/speedreads-ukrainian-pm-putin-has-a-dream-to-restore-the-soviet-union">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:58:00 -0400Why Easter is so important to Christianshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260051/why-easter-is-so-important-to-christianshttp://theweek.com/article/index/260051/why-easter-is-so-important-to-christians<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58923_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-resurrection-by-italo-cretan-school.jpg?204" /></P><p>Today's Easter celebration marks the end of Holy Week, in which we Christians commemorate the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.</p><p>Jesus had his last meal with his disciples on the evening of a <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1250106325" tabindex="0">Thursday </span>(commemorated as Holy <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1250106326" tabindex="0">Thursday</span>), was arrested during the night, tried Friday morning (Good <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1250106328" tabindex="0">Friday</span>), condemned, crucified, and died before sundown on Friday. And, according to the Gospel accounts, he was bodily raised from the dead on the third day &mdash; <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1250106329" tabindex="0">Sunday</span>, the day of Easter.</p><p>Unlike the Eucharist and the crucifixion, which seem to almost make a mockery of any traditional...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260051/why-easter-is-so-important-to-christians">More</a>By <a href="/author/pascal-emmanuel-gobry" ><span class="byline">Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0400Syria on track to ship out chemical weapons materials by deadlinehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260203/speedreads-syria-on-track-to-ship-out-chemical-weapons-materials-by-deadlinehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260203/speedreads-syria-on-track-to-ship-out-chemical-weapons-materials-by-deadline</P><p>Officials from the international mission tasked with monitoring Syria's chemical weapons disarmament say the operation is running on schedule.</p><p>"The renewed pace in movements is positive," Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission between the United Nations and the OPCW, told <em>Reuters</em>. "(It is) necessary to ensure progress towards a tight deadline."</p><p>That deadline &mdash; April 27 &mdash; is quickly approaching, but Kaag said Syria had shipped out or destroyed nearly 80 percent of its declared chemical weapons material. The international community pressured Syria to give up its chemical...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260203/speedreads-syria-on-track-to-ship-out-chemical-weapons-materials-by-deadline">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:21:00 -0400Watch Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal narrowly avoid a train during a railway safety press conferencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260202/speedreads-watch-connecticut-senator-richard-blumenthal-narrowly-avoid-a-train-during-a-railway-safety-press-conferencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260202/speedreads-watch-connecticut-senator-richard-blumenthal-narrowly-avoid-a-train-during-a-railway-safety-press-conference</P><p>Actions may speak louder than words, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal took that mentality to the extreme on Friday.</p><p>The Connecticut Democrat was standing behind Milford Mayor Ben Blake on the town's Metro-North station platform as the two held a press conference on railway safety. Complete with easels and charts, Blake was laying out the MTA's safety violations, which total 139 over the last 10 years, worth $552,000 in fines.</p><p>"Safety, as you know, is paramount," Blake said &mdash; and then this happened.</p><p> </p><center><p><br /></p></center><p> </p><p>It would appear that taking personal responsibility for train safety is equally important...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260202/speedreads-watch-connecticut-senator-richard-blumenthal-narrowly-avoid-a-train-during-a-railway-safety-press-conference">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:49:00 -0400Entrepreneurs: A dying breed?http://theweek.com/article/index/260085/entrepreneurs-a-dying-breedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260085/entrepreneurs-a-dying-breed<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58942_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-rate-of-survival-for-fledgling-companies-has-been-steadily-decliningnbsp.jpg?204" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Building and running your own business is, for many people, part of the American Dream. But new research from the Kauffman Foundation indicates that business creation declined in 2013.</p><p>That's not necessarily a bad thing. In recent years, many people who started their own businesses did so out of necessity because they were unable to find other work due to the recession.</p><p>Last year, 280 out of 100,000 adults started businesses, compared to 300 out of 100,00 in 2012. Unemployment is at its lowest level in years, and people are more likely to seek work at an existing company rather than striking...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260085/entrepreneurs-a-dying-breed">More</a>By LearnVestSat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0400