The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usSat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKSat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400The 5-star soup kitchen<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="TextBlock paragraph Block align-left effect-dropcaps" data-content_id="text:88123d2a41fa41f2bc1c9804d1be1e03">On the second Wednesday of each month, in the damp pre-dawn hours generally reserved for the city's late-night revelers, David Garcelon rises for the day. By five o'clock, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, black apron tied on and coffee in hand, he takes his place as sous chef at St. Bart's soup kitchen. Garcelon spends the early morning hours helping a crew of volunteers rinse and chop dozens of heads of lettuce and cabbage, then tomatoes, bell peppers and whatever other ingredients make up the daily salad. He slices open 102-ounce cans of green peas and sweet corn to pour into a bubbling vat...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Danielle ElliotSat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400Making the bible an 'official state book'<img src="" /></P><p>Louisiana lawmakers are considering legislation that makes the Holy Bible the "official state book." The legislation was opposed by some Democrats &mdash; not because it suggests the state's endorsement of one religion, but because it originally specified the King James version, which some Christians do not use. "Why not put all versions of the Bible?" suggested state Rep. Robert Billiot.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400When will the Big One strike California?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> When is the Big One due?</strong><br /> Sometime in the next 30 years &mdash; and as soon as tomorrow. With about 300 large fault lines running beneath it, California is one of the most seismically active parts of the world, and has 37,000 tremors a year. Most are too small to be felt, but seismologists believe a couple of fault lines in particular &mdash; including the much-dreaded San Andreas &mdash; could trigger a megaquake similar to the one that flattened San Francisco in 1906, wiping out entire neighborhoods in seconds. Today, geologists say, there's a 99.7 percent chance of a Big One of at least magnitude...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0400The wonderbrewer of Nowheresville<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I'm a bit nervous when I finally turn down the long dirt road to the brewery after a two-hour drive. The road doesn't seem to lead anywhere. I'm in the middle of nowhere and there is no brewery in sight. It certainly doesn't seem like the most logical place for one. There is no major city nearby. The town is small, at best. There are no college kids or young professionals in the area and the roads to the brewery aren't paved &mdash; they're packed dirt and gravel. There is one store in town &mdash; it's a grocery store, department store, and hardware store all in one, with a lone gas pump outside...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kevin KoczwaraFri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The</span> measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The bill, known as S.B. 1456, will specifically target those who install power generation systems on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. However, those who already have such renewable systems installed will not...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:13:00 -0400Today in history: JFK's worst foreign policy blunder<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 17, 1961:</strong> Arguably the worst foreign policy mistake of the Kennedy era began: Operation Zapata, the attempt to oust Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro through a failed CIA-backed military invasion of Cuba. Operation Zapata &mdash; better known as the Bay of Pigs &mdash; was planned during the Eisenhower administration, but JFK gave it the final go ahead. Both the White House and CIA blamed each other for the debacle. Some historians think one lesson JFK learned from the Bay of Pigs was to be skeptical of military advice &mdash; a lesson that came in handy during the Cuban Missile Crisis...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400Art is not a justification for discrimination<img src="" /></P><p>Art is a reaction to the human condition. It is not a justification for discrimination.</p><p>Recently, <em>The Week</em>'s Matt Lewis argued that photographers, being artists, should have the right to not work at same-sex weddings based on freedom of expression grounds. The argument, essentially, is that while bakers may be subject to anti-discrimination laws, and thus barred from refusing service to same-sex weddings, artists like photographers ought to get a pass since their work is so tied up with the First Amendment. Ultimately, Lewis is trying to convince us that a wedding photographer is an artist and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/thea-dodds" ><span class="byline">Thea Dodds</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:06:00 -0400Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate, intellectually disabled black man named Jerry Hartfield.</p><p>Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years &mdash; without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried.<span > </span>Not the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a speedy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/andrew-cohen" ><span class="byline">Andrew Cohen</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:05:00 -0400Today in history: A reluctant politician prepares to become president<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 16, 1789:</strong> A reluctant President-elect George Washington left his estate in Mount Vernon, Va., for New York, where he would be sworn in as the first president of the United States. Washington was a reluctant president. He was 57 years old and wanted to retire. But he felt compelled to serve, worried that bickering among political factions threatened the future of the young United States.</p><p><strong>April 16, 1865: </strong>President Abraham Lincoln, the victim of an assassin's bullet, lay in state in the East Room of the White House. The catafalque that held his coffin was later used for the caskets of, among...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsWed, 16 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0400Why journalists deserve special protections<img src="" /></P><p>Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor, friend to the president, and member of his intelligence policy review committee, writes in <em>The Daily Beast</em> today that Congress should enshrine some sort of special protection into law for the reporter-source relationship. It is an essential element of democracy, he says. And we tend to protect essential instruments, particularly those (like the lawyer-client relationship and marriage) which reflect and strengthen fundamental values.</p><p>The press professionalized in the early 19th century, fighting against consolidated corporate power and consciously...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderTue, 15 Apr 2014 14:56:00 -0400