The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:15:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:15:00 -0400Today in history: The death of a Civil War hero<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>July 23, 1885:</strong> Ulysses S. Grant died. He was the 18th president, serving from 1869-77, and an Ohio native.</p><p>When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Grant was working in his father's leather store in Illinois. He was appointed by the governor to command a volunteer regiment; within months he had risen to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers.</p><p>Grant led his men to seize the Mississippi Valley. In February 1862, when a Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, "No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted." The Confederates surrendered, and President...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:15:00 -0400Why Halbig and the conservative war on ObamaCare will fail<img src="" /></P><p>ObamaCare took a serious blow yesterday. In <em>Halbig v. Burwell</em>, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government cannot give subsidies to insurance enrollees in states that had declined to create health exchanges. This is a grave threat to health care reform &mdash; but it's a threat that may ultimately backfire on conservatives who have sought to dismantle ObamaCare in the courts.</p><p>If <em>Halbig</em> were the law of the land, the immediate consequences would be clear. The heart of ObamaCare would no longer operate in 36 states. Without subsidies, five million newly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/joel-dodge" ><span class="byline">Joel Dodge</span></a>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:37:00 -0400How the slaughter of innocents undid the best-laid plans in Gaza and Ukraine<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Modern low-intensity conflicts are won and lost on their ragged edges. Nations act as though the careful plans of their militaries and intelligence operations can harness the chaos of combat and guide it to advance their interests. And then the unplanned happens, collateral damage occurs, and it has a bigger impact on politics and the position of combatants than all the calculated elements of the conflict added up.</p><p>We need look no further than the headlines of last week &mdash; to the four dead Palestinian boys on the beach in Gaza or to the scattered wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight...</p> <a href="">More</a>By David RothkopfTue, 22 Jul 2014 09:57:00 -0400U.S. marines get ready for the next Benghazi<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Pentagon sent more Marines and warplanes to join its emergency response group in Europe this spring. The additions show the growing importance of smaller task forces in an era of shrinking defense budgets.</p><p>Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response had 500 Marines, six MV-22B tiltrotors, and two KC-130J tankers in Spain as of March. The Pentagon's move adds 350 more people to the force, as well as additional aircraft.</p><p>The military has not said what new aircraft are joining the task force, but the Marines could want additional firepower to protect the Ospreys. Three Air...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joe TrevithickTue, 22 Jul 2014 09:19:00 -0400Immigration, charity, and conservatives' unholy assault on Glenn Beck<img src="" /></P><p>For a movement that wants to eliminate welfare on the grounds it crowds out charity, the rightmost edge of conservatism has been remarkably uncharitable throughout the current immigration crisis. It is almost like they detest charity itself.</p><p>Earlier this month, Glenn Beck announced his intention to deliver food, toys, and other supplies to the undocumented immigrants detained in McAllen, Texas. His reasoning was fairly straightforward: Since the immigrants, who are generally children, currently awaiting processing have escaped corruption and violence and political unrest, there is a moral imperative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elizabeth-stoker-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:13:00 -0400Today in history: A former president falls into a coma<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>July 21, 1862:</strong> Former President Martin Van Buren entered a coma and would die three days later. He was the 8th president, serving from 1837-41.</p><p>Van Buren helped organize what today is the Democratic Party. He was the first president who was of neither British nor Irish descent (his family was Dutch) and was the first president born as an American citizen. He is the only president who didnt' speak English growing up &mdash; Dutch was his first language &mdash; and the first president from New York.</p><p>The Van Buren presidency was largely characterized by the Panic of 1837 and the economic depression...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsMon, 21 Jul 2014 11:45:00 -0400Why are so many parents being arrested?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This summer has seen a rash of stories of parents being hauled away in cuffs for such sins as letting their kids roam unaccompanied in a park, or keeping them in the car while performing a short errand, or even leaving them alone in their own home for a few hours.</p><p class="p1">My own childhood seems to have become illegal. I was the son of a single mother. During summers I would explore my neighborhood, visit friends' houses, walk to a pond to fish, ride my bike from our home in Bloomfield, N.J., to the abandoned lots of Newark, and jump it over curbs. I could be unsupervised from 10 in the morning until 8...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400Toast selfies<img src="" /></P><p>A Vermont company has created a $75 novelty toaster that allows narcissistic individuals to burn their selfies onto their morning slice of toast. "Yes, you don't have to be famous or Jesus to have your face on toast," said Galen Dively, president of Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp. "We are creating a whole new market."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 20 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0400A TSA agent's capital confusion<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A TSA agent refused to let a Washington, D.C., resident through an Orlando airport's security checkpoint because he didn't know the District of Columbia was in the U.S. After producing his D.C. license, journalist Justin Gray was asked by the confused agent to present a passport to prove he was an American. A TSA spokesman said its agents would be shown pictures of the D.C. license so they'd recognize it. </span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400Today in history: The president is told a momentous secret<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>July 18, 1945:</strong> President Harry Truman was informed of the successful test two days earlier of the first atomic bomb. He would soon order two of them to be dropped on Japan, bringing World War II to a close.</p><p><strong>July 18, 1947:</strong> President Harry Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which said the speaker of the House was second in line to assume the presidency, after the vice president. The original order of presidential succession, signed by President Washington in 1792, said the president pro tem of the Senate followed the VP. The original 1792 law was also revised in 1886, removing both...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsFri, 18 Jul 2014 09:45:00 -0400