The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 27 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKThu, 27 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500The Bible-Constitution connection<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Texas' State Board of Education has approved new history textbooks that say the U.S. Constitution was based on the Bible. A group of university professors complains that the textbooks are filled with "inventions and exaggerations" about Christianity's influence on the Founding Fathers, but board chairwoman Barbara Cargill said students will now learn about the country's "rich religious heritage."</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 27 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0500Happy Thanksgiving! 7 holiday-themed editorial cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> **See more cartoons**</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0500These vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons offer a delightful glimpse into pop culture past<img src="" /></P><p>Today, more than 3.5 million people will cram along New York City's streets to get a glimpse of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. First held on Nov. 27, 1924, the relatively small event was called the Macy's Christmas Parade, and it featured the store's employees, live animals, and a couple thousand spectators. Renamed the Thanksgiving Parade in 1927, the spectacle has evolved over the decades into today's massive, televised event, featuring Broadway acts, movie stars, and gigantic, colorful balloons.</p><p>Beginning with Felix the Cat in 1927, those parade balloons have reflected the changing tastes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500The warm glow of certainty<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Did President Obama commit an act of imperial hubris on immigration, or was he simply following the humane lead of Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush? Did police officer Darren Wilson get away with murder, or did Michael Brown force the cop's hand by attacking him? How lovely it would be if we all could judge such questions coolly and rationally, on the basis of evidence. Alas, virtually all of us respond to emotionally loaded issues in a visceral way, and then reason backward to the conclusion that <em>feels</em> right because it buttresses what we already believe. The stronger people's political and...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/william-falk" ><span class="byline">William Falk</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:30:00 -0500Ferguson riots were terrible -- but this racist reaction was worse<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>As the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson erupted in flames, looting and tear gas throughout the night, Twitter was ablaze with racists. Because America.</p><p>The declining of a grand jury Monday night to indict officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, prompted fury on the part of protesters across the country. At the same time, racist people watching the news from the safety of their living rooms were casting vile judgments on the protesters. That's how the hashtag #Chimpout was born.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>#Chimpout is now trending. So are #Chimpout2014 and #Chimpocalypse2014. Stay classy...</p></blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah KaufmanWed, 26 Nov 2014 11:13:00 -0500How terrorism fears are transforming America's public space<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Conversation<br /></p><p>The recent security lapses at the White House have brought to the forefront the 13-year-old question of how to effectively secure public spaces. As officials weigh increasing perimeter security and installing additional checkpoints at public areas adjacent to the White House, it's worth examining the effects of counter-terrorism measures on our urban experience.</p><p>Jersey barriers, bollards, restricted areas, CCTV cameras, and security guards have transformed public space in many cities. At the same time, planners and urban advocates strive to balance the desire for safe cities with the need...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Susan SilberbergWed, 26 Nov 2014 09:07:00 -0500In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life -- and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt<img src="" /></P><p>Let's give the grand jury in St. Louis County, Mo., the benefit of the doubt. The 12 never-to-be-identified men and women had no idea the case they would get when they were seated last May, three months before white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9.</p><p>The grand jurors are "the only ones who have heard all the evidence," Bob McCulloch, St. Louis County prosecutor, said at a press conference Monday night. "The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction," he added. Barring new evidence, there's no reason to believe...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:08:00 -0500The U.S. Army got its first drones 55 years ago<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The U.S. Army bought its first spy drone in 1959. After more than five decades of technological advancement, today's unmanned aircraft do much more&hellip;with much less human support.</p><p>Radioplane's AN/USD-1 system &mdash; also known as Surveillance Drone 1 or SD-1 &mdash; originally was a target for training anti-aircraft gunners. These early drones were similar in size and shape to the current RQ-7 Shadow.</p><p>An SD-1 weighed 430 pounds and had a wingspan of 11.5 feet. The current RQ-7B checks in at 375 pounds, with a wing spanning 14 feet.</p><p>The SD-1 quickly evolved. The Army expected it to fly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joe TrevithickMon, 24 Nov 2014 13:52:00 -0500Chuck Hagel was a huge mistake<img src="" /></P><p>"He wasn't up to the job."</p><p>That one sentence from an anonymous White House official is the final verdict on Chuck Hagel, who by all appearances is being shoved out of his post as secretary of Defense. It was perhaps his sad destiny all along to leave the administration in the most humiliating way possible, since he joined it in similar fashion, winning confirmation only after he was bludgeoned to near-death by his former Republican colleagues in the Senate.</p><p>From beginning to end, it was clear that Hagel was the wrong man at the wrong time to lead the Pentagon, though not for reasons that his...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:10:00 -0500Why climate change poses an 'immediate threat' to national security<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>For years, the federal government has warned that the effects of climate change could pose serious threats to national security &mdash; saying rising water levels will eventually hinder military bases.</p><p>Now, Pentagon officials are taking a more urgent tone, warning that the changing climate poses an "immediate threat" to national security.</p><p>A new report released by the Defense Department describes climate change as a "threat multiplier" that "has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today."</p><p>Rising temperatures, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brianna EhleyMon, 24 Nov 2014 08:46:00 -0500