The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400Elizabeth Warren officially rejects the "Ready for Warren" 2016 activist group</P><p>The group "Ready for Warren" has been hoping to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to be the great progressive candidate for president in 2016 &mdash; even with a name that imitates the far more organized "Ready for Hillary" committee. But in a new official document, Warren herself is making it clearer and clearer that she's <em>not</em> ready for them.</p><p>"This letter serves as a formal disavowal of the organization and its activity," Warren&rsquo;s campaign attorney wrote in a letter to the Federal Election Commission, <em>The Boston Globe</em> reports. "The Senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400Rick Perry is selling T-shirts with his mug shot on them</P><p>RickPAC, a political action committee that supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), is selling T-shirts with his mug shot on them. The governor proudly hawked his new wares in a tweet on Friday.</p><p><br /></p><p>The woman on the left is Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who is at the center of a controversy over whether Perry abused the powers of his office. As Abby Rapoport wrote for <em>The Week</em> this morning, Perry has embraced his indictment in a bid to turn the tables on his opponents. This is clearly part of that effort.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:26:00 -0400American hero goes out of his way to stop pay-it-forward campaign at local Starbucks</P><p>Peter Schorsch, a blogger, found out that a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida, was conducting a pay-it-forward campaign, in which customers pay for the drink of the next person in line. The streak was going on 11 hours. And that's when Schorsch decided he had to step in.</p><p>ABC's local affiliate reports that Schorsch drove to the Starbucks with the sole intent of breaking the chain. He ordered for himself, and when the barista asked if he wanted to pay for the next person's drink, he declined.</p><p>"This is turning into a social phenomenon and I had to put an end to it," Schorsch said. He claimed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400Harry Reid apologizes for racist jokes: 'Sometimes I say the wrong thing'</P><p>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has apologized for the racist remarks he made on Thursday evening.</p><p>During a speech before the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, Reid made several Asian-themed jokes that many categorized as racist. He said that Asian-Americans have "convinced a lot of us" that they're smarter than others and that he has difficulty "keeping [his] Wongs straight."</p><p>"My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing," Reid said in a statement Friday. However, his speech lives on, thanks to a YouTube video uploaded by the conservative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:15:00 -0400Researchers successfully hacked Gmail's smartphone app 92 percent of the time</P><p>Looks like Google's got some doodling to do.</p><p>Researchers from the Universities of Michigan and California are presenting a study at a San Diego cybersecurity conference that shows Gmail's smartphone account is one of the easiest popular apps to hack. They were able to crack into Android phones' Gmail accounts with a 92 percent success rate, reports <em>BBC News</em>.</p><p>The academics developed malicious software and then disguised it as an innocuous app that a smartphone owner might choose to download. Once the software was downloaded, the researchers found they could access a smartphone's shared memory...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -040024 was originally about a wedding</P><p class="p1"><em>24</em> protagonist Jack Bauer squared off against dozens of nefarious terrorists, politicians, and other assorted evildoers over the course of the show's eight seasons. But if the popular Fox drama had followed its original concept, Jack Bauer would have had an entirely different challenge: surviving a wedding day.</p><p class="p3">"I'd always worked in 22-episodes-a-season TV and one day thought, 'What if we did a show where an hour was in real time?'" explained <em>24 </em>creator Joel Surnow in an interview with <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. "I called [co-creator] Bob Cochran and we decided to do a show about the 24 hours leading...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0400Benedict Cumberbatch makes the ice bucket challenge actually seem like a good idea</P><p>The ice bucket challenge has raised a lot of money for ALS research &mdash; more than the ALS Association raised in all of 2012. But new ice bucket videos, whether from celebrities or in your Facebook feed, are being met with groans at this point. "Can't we just donate without dumping ice on ourselves?" seems to be the common consensus.</p><p>But there's one ice bucket challenge video posted today that stands above the rest, and not only because it features a genuine heartthrob. Unlike most takers of the challenge, Benedict Cumberbatch begins his video with a little explanation of what, exactly, ALS...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:21:00 -0400China broadcasting endless loop of Foley execution on huge screen in Beijing</P><p><em>That's Beijing Magazine</em> has published video of a giant screen in downtown Beijing that is broadcasting an endless loop of bad news that has recently unsettled Americans, including the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and an ISIS militant preparing to execute journalist James Foley. To say the least, it's in questionable taste, as <em>That's Beijing</em> explains:</p><p >The footage of Foley comes in spite of concerted efforts throughout western media, and especially on Twitter, to censor images of the execution. Many media outlets have been moved to depict the courageous journalist as he was in life, not death:...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0400Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert</P><p>Miley Cyrus' twerking isn't welcome in in the Dominican Republic.</p><p>Cyrus was supposed to hold a concert there on Sept. 13, but the Dominican Republic's government commission, which handles public performances, is banning the event.</p><p>The commission stated that Cyrus "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:18:00 -0400Democrats think President Obama was 'tone-deaf' to go golfing after Foley announcement</P><p>President Obama is getting a lot of heat for going golfing after holding a press conference earlier this week to address the execution of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. And the fire isn't just coming from the usual suspects, with many liberals saying the president could have been more sensitive to the optics.</p><p >"As a general rule, I think that he's right that you can't be held hostage to the news cycle &mdash; the man deserves a bit of downtime," said Jim Manley, a longtime Democratic strategist. "But in this particular instance, I think a lot of Democrats...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0400