The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKWed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400Why does America get fooled into thinking elite insiders are actually outsiders?<img src="" /></P><p>Chuck Todd, the new host of <em>Meet The Press</em>, seems like a regular guy. He's likable, normal, one of us.</p><p>This has as much to do with perception as reality.</p><p>As <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post's</em> Dana Milbank recently noted, "Todd has been a Washington denizen longer than" many journalists perceived as consummate Beltway insiders, "working as a political reporter here for 22 years."</p><p>It doesn't feel that way. And Todd seems to know it. Here's Milbank on Todd's embrace of his humble roots, which certainly seems to fuel his everyman image, even as he has vaulted to the most elite ranks of the Political Media Industrial...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-k-lewis" ><span class="byline">Matt K. Lewis</span></a>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400How did the Liberty Bell get cracked?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Chalk the Philly landmark's famous blemish up to faulty building materials from across the pond. In 1751, the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly shelled out 100 pounds to London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry for a bell to hang in the State House (known post-Revolution as Independence Hall). The Whitechapel Bell Foundry &mdash; famous for casting Big Ben a century later and listed in the <em>Guinness Book of World Records</em> as Great Britain's oldest manufacturing company &mdash; dropped the ball on the bell, casting it with too-brittle metals.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Mental Floss</em>: </strong>11 eat-it-all-and-it's-free road trip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Erik van RheenenTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0400Consider the hipster: An interview with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel<img src="" /></P><p>PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel thinks that too many entrepreneurs today are incrementalists, content to simply tweak the familiar and stand on the shoulders of yesterday's giants, rather than undertake the hard work of imagining and building something completely different.</p><p>In <em>Zero to One</em>, his new book about entrepreneurship, Thiel posits that risk-aversion only partly explains this phenomenon. For some people, he speculates, it's a belief that the world has already been mapped. When you feel like the important problems have already been solved, why bother looking for a moonshot?</p><p>Thiel, however...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Andy MeekTue, 16 Sep 2014 06:13:00 -0400The 'meatless Mondays' backlash<img src="" /></P><p>A Texas elementary school's decision to offer "meatless Mondays" in the cafeteria has outraged the state's agricultural commissioner. Todd Staples blamed the meatless menu on an "activist movement that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans' diets seven days a week.'' School officials said kids who wanted meat on Mondays could bring their own lunch.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 14 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400Surviving a plane crash<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">FLIGHT ATTENDANT SUSAN </span></strong><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1">White </span>stood at her demonstration position waiting for the final briefing to the passengers. It had been more than 40 minutes since the explosion near the plane's tail, which the pilot said had taken out one of the engines. He'd just announced that he was going to attempt to land the crippled aircraft, Flight 232 from Denver to Chicago, at the airport in Sioux City, Iowa. Looking down the aisle, White noticed a blond woman in a window seat a few rows back. Cindy Muncey, 25, was on her way back from vacation in Hawaii, as were many passengers on Flight 232 that day.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Muncey...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Laurence GonzalesSun, 14 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0400The pooping-in-the-woods lawsuit<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">A Florida man who was charged with pooping in the woods outside a local bar is suing police for violating his civil rights. Elvan Moore II claims he was actually vomiting and that the disorderly conduct charges, which were later dropped owing to lack of evidence, caused him to lose his $55,000-a-year job as a financial adviser. He is seeking damages for being "harassed" by police.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 13 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400A mysterious visitor, a horrific crime, and a victim who refused to be a victim<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>1. Ronald Dwayne Perryman</strong></p><p>On a Sunday afternoon in July of 2012, approximately one month after our wedding, my wife and I are reading in the living room of our home when I hear a light knock on the door. When I open it, an African-American man who looks to be about forty years old asks if we need any help with our yard. He wears a tank top and shorts, and he doesn't have a business card or any lawn equipment that I can see. I laugh because my wife and I have very little "yard" that could potentially receive "help." The sod I put down two years earlier fried off before the completion of one Florida...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jonathan FinkFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0400The NFL has a domestic violence problem. But America's is worse.<img src="" /></P><p>The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have received heaps of deserved criticism over their utter botching of the Ray Rice case. Before the video of Rice brutally punching his then-fianc&eacute;e (and now-wife) Janay Rice went public, the former Baltimore Ravens running back had been suspended for only two games. (Once the horrifying tape came out, the Ravens cut ties with Rice, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.) The NFL's initial lack of severity toward Rice seemed absurd compared with the suspension for Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon, forced to sit out for an entire year for marijuana...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Stephen LurieFri, 12 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -0400The battle for gay rights is not over yet<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>From the outside, it looks pretty clear: The LGBT equality movement is on the fast track, and the U.S. has reached that magic tipping point. The Supreme Court required federal recognition of same-sex couples' marriages. Thirty-eight court decisions have been decided in favor of the right to marry for same-sex couples. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun to accept LGBT discrimination complaints all across the U.S. And 34 million workers now have protection from President Obama's executive order regarding federal contracts.</p><p>Already 44 percent of the country (and half of same...</p> <a href="">More</a>By M.V. Lee BadgettThu, 11 Sep 2014 08:43:00 -0400Why corporate America should make the feds pony up for a minimum wage increase<img src="" /></P><p>Sometimes morsels of truth come from the most surprising places. A report released Monday by the Harvard Business School found reason to worry over the growing gap between rich and poor Americans, its authors noting:</p><p >Overall, respondents saw weaknesses in those aspects of the U.S. business environment that drive the prospects of middle- and working-class citizens &mdash; for instance, the education system, the quality of workplace skills, and the effectiveness
of the political system. And they saw strengths
 in aspects that influence company success, such as the quality of management, the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elizabeth-stoker-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig</span></a>Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -0400