The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKThu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:00 -0400Check out a sneak peek of this week's cover of The Week magazine</P><p><br /></p><p>You can browse all past covers here, and subscribe to <em>The Week</em> magazine in print here.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:00 -0400Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces resignation</P><p class="p1">Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday abruptly announced he would resign due to the fledgling government's failed attempts at forging a stable government, according to multiple reports.</p><p class="p1">Yatsenyuk reportedly announced his intention to step down after two parties backed out of a governing coalition. "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," he said, according to the <em>Associated Press</em>.</p><p class="p1">The announcement comes one month after Ukraine swore in new President Petro Poroshenko.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0400Ray Rice suspended two games for allegedly beating wife unconscious</P><p class="p1">Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming NFL season for allegedly beating his wife, according to <em>ESPN</em>.</p><p class="p1">In February, Rice was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly attacking his then-fianc&eacute;e, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City casino. Surveillance footage showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator. Police also claimed to have footage showing Rice knocking out Palmer, and though they did not release it to the press, one witness told <em>Deadspin</em> the blow was an "uppercut." </p><p class="p1">In May, Rice pleaded not guilty...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:45:00 -0400Study: Dogs may be capable of jealousy</P><p>You're not imagining that sad look on Fido's face: A new study suggests that dogs might experience jealousy.</p><p>A new study from the University of California, San Diego, published Wednesday in the journal <em>PLOS One</em>, tested dogs to see if they exhibited jealous behaviors.</p><p>Researchers videotaped 36 dogs and watched their reactions to their owners playing with stuffed dogs, playing with plastic jack-o-lantern pails, or reading. The dogs reacted strongly when owners interacted with the stuffed animals, indicating a jealousy-like reaction for attention given to other "dogs."</p><p>More than three-quarters...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:29:00 -0400State Dept.: ISIS is 'worse than al Qaeda'</P><p>The terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly surpassed al Qaeda's recruiting ability in Iraq and the broader Middle East. Younger militants seem to increasingly view al Qaeda as outdated and ineffective, expressing their dissatisfaction in online message boards. ISIS, by contrast, is increasingly seen by young extremists as the more vibrant terror network, thanks to its </span>rapid sweep<span> through Iraq and </span>Syria<span>; its targeting of </span>Shi'ites<span>, </span>women<span>, and </span>Christians<span>; and its pattern of brutal tactics </span>like crucifixion<span>.</p><p>The U.S. State Department has now labeled ISIS "worse than...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianThu, 24 Jul 2014 10:25:00 -0400Hillary Clinton leads Marco Rubio by 14 points -- in Florida</P><p class="p1">Hillary Clinton has yet to say whether she will get in the 2016 White House race, but if she does, another poll shows she would be a formidable candidate. The former secretary of state tops every Republican matched against her in the key state of Florida &mdash; including a couple of GOPers with strong ties to the Sunshine State.</p><p class="p1">Clinton tops Sen. Marco Rubio 53 percent to 39 percent, and leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 49-42, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Thursday. Clinton also leads Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) 51 percent to 38 percent, and thumps New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by a whopping...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:22:00 -0400ISIS demands female genital mutilation for Mosul women</P><p>The U.N. has stated that militant Islamic group ISIS has ordered all females, including women and young girls, in the northern Iraq city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.</p><p>U.N. official Jacqueline Badcock told the BBC that the order applies to females aged 11 to 46. The edict could affect roughly four million women and girls, the U.N. estimates.</p><p>"This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," Badcock told the BBC. Meanwhile, the U.N. General Assembly called for all its members to ban female genital mutilation in 2012...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 -0400The NSA is monitoring dead people</P><p>A leaked report from the National Counterterrorism Center reveals for the first time exactly how the government decides who to place on the no-fly list, as well as in the broader terrorism database. The guidelines, published by Glenn Greenwald's <em>The Intercept</em>, also show that those who are acquitted of all terrorism-related charges &mdash; and even </span><span>those who die after being added to the database &mdash; </span>will not be removed. That means the NSA is monitoring dead people.<span><br /></p><p>The government's argument for keeping tabs on the dead is that it is a "demonstrated terrorist tactic" to assume the identities...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianThu, 24 Jul 2014 10:01:00 -0400Social Security blows $300 million on 'IT boondoggle'</P><p>The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million over the course of six years on a new computer system to process 11 million Americans' disability claims. Now, a new report commissioned by</span><span> the federal agency indicates that the system still doesn't work at all. After repeated delays, it is unknown when it will be complete, who is responsible for delivering the finished product, or what the final bill will be. A group of House Republicans blasted the failure in a letter Wednesday, calling the project an "IT boondoggle."</p><p>In spite of these major uncertainties, former Social Security...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianThu, 24 Jul 2014 09:53:00 -0400Jeb Bush to Congress: Don't use border crisis as 'excuse' to avoid immigration reform</P><p class="p1">Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is urging Congress to show "compassion" for the migrant children streaming to the border and to address the issue head on by tackling comprehensive immigration reform.</p><p class="p1">The potential 2016 candidate and Clint Bolick, who co-authored a book last year on immigration, say in an op-ed for <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> that the crisis is the "latest consequence of the failure of President Obama and Congress to overhaul America's broken immigration system." So to remedy the problem, they urge House Republicans to take the lead, lest Obama unilaterally act on the issue himself...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:31:00 -0400