Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a victory lap Sunday on Face the Nation, telling host Bob Schieffer that President Obama's "naiveté" and "faulty judgment" on Russia precipitated the situation in Ukraine. And Romney — whom Obama mocked in a presidential debate for suggesting that Russia is America's top "geopolitical foe" — explained how, had he been elected, he would have threatened Moscow so much it wouldn't have dared to mess with another country.
"Unfortunately, not having anticipated Russia's intentions, the president wasn't able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you're seeing in the Ukraine, as well as the things that you're seeing in Syria," he said.
"This is not Fantasyland, this is reality where they are a geopolitical adversary," he added.
So what would Romney have done differently? More and earlier sanctions, accompanied by threats of other unspecified "things."
Had we, from the very beginning of the demonstrations in Ukraine, had we worked with our allies and said, "Look, let's talk about the kinds of severe sanctions we would put in place if Russia were to decide to move," and had we then communicated that to Russia beforehand, not put in place the sanctions but communicate, "Look, Russia, stand down here. Don't you think about grabbing territory or these are the things that will have to happen. These are the actions we will take." [Face the Nation]
Bringing your kids to work has its benefits.
Seven-year-old Diego Suarez was playing outside with his sister while their parents, both geologists, studied rock formation in the Andes in southern Chile. As they was playing, Suarez uncovered a fossilized dinosaur bone, which turned out to belong to a previously unknown species.
Paleontologists called to the site eventually discovered bones from more than a dozen dinosaurs, including four near-complete skeletons, The Guardian reports. The scientists named the species Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, after its location and the boy who discovered it. Most of the Chilesaurus remains are from animals roughly the size of turkeys, though the species could reach almost 10 feet in length.
— The Independent (@Independent) April 27, 2015
The Chilesaurus, which lived about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, is an enigma among dinosaurs — it's a relative of the T-rex, a carnivorous species, but the Chilesaurus was a plant-eater. The Chilesaurus' anatomy is also odd, Phys.org reports, because its skull and feet are more typical of long-necked dinosaurs than of tyrannosaurs.
The new species could change the way scientists look at bird evolution, too — the Chilesaurus is part of the theropod group, the ancestors to birds. The Chilesaurus proves that some theropods adapted meat-free diets much earlier than was previously believed, Phys.org notes. Meghan DeMaria
ESPN on Monday filed suit against Verizon, alleging the communications giant violated its contract with the network by offering customers smaller, categorized subscription packages.
"We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts," ESPN said in a statement.
In a bid to lure cord-cutters and others interested in cheaper cable deals, Verizon debuted custom subscription plans this month that allow customers to purchase channels in genre-specific tiers, such as sports, entertainment, and kids. "Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want," a Verizon spokesperson said in response to the suit, adding the company was "well within our rights under our agreements." Jon Terbush
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) insists she is not running for president — but that doesn't mean she has no impact on the race.
Simply by remaining a vocal, visible progressive on major issues — Wall Street influence, international trade, student loan debt — Warren can shape the presidential debate from the outside. At least that's what Warren's camp is hoping, with one adviser telling The New Yorker Warren can "get [Clinton] on record and hold her feet to the fire."
"I think she's in a beautiful position right now," the adviser told the magazine, "because she can get Hillary to do whatever the hell she wants."
Google has released its first-ever trend report, offering its insight into which fashion trends are on the way out and which are here to stay.
The report looks at how often certain clothing styles are Googled to predict how popular they'll be that season. Not all searches are created equal, though: Google differentiates between "sustained growth" trends, such as jogger pants, which saw significant search increase in the past year, versus "seasonal growth" and "rising stars," trends, which only have "fleeting" search popularity. Examples in the latter category include kale sweatshirts, which are already on their way out.
Not only will Google's report help you stick the landing with your next #OOTD Instagram post, it also has immense value to retailers worldwide. The New York Times reports that Google executives can share trend information with fast-fashion retailers to help them determine what products customers want.
Even if you're not into fashion, the Google report has one tidbit everyone can take joy in: "Normcore" and "'90s jeans" are on the decline. Meghan DeMaria
If there's a sudden increase in the cost of your prescription medication, behind-the-scenes deals could be the culprit.
A new investigation from The Wall Street Journal found that when drug companies see prescription drugs as "undervalued," they buy them out, only to drastically increase the prices. The investigation found increased costs whether or not the products were improved after the buyouts.
The Journal cites Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s recent purchase of two heart medications as an example. The same day Valeant bought the drugs, their list prices increased by 525 percent and 212 percent, though nothing about the prescriptions had been changed.
It's easy to see why companies rack up the prices — they can increase their bottom line without spending money on research into new medicines. According to the Journal, name-brand drug prices have increased by 127 percent since 2008. Company spokespeople told the Journal that higher drug prices create funding for medical research, though doctors expressed frustration at the trend. Read the full report over at The Wall Street Journal. Meghan DeMaria
Most people know Mormons are supposed to be teetotalers, so the fact that Utah doesn't drink much isn't surprising. But check out that blue zone in and around West Virginia! And while this is just measuring any sort of drinking, West Virginia also has a relatively low prevalence of binge drinking.
The debate over Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was attacked by terrorists in January, re-entered the spotlight today, after six prominent authors announced that they would not attend the Pen American Center's annual gala in May because the magazine would be awarded the foundation's Freedom of Expression Courage Award. The authors — who include Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, and Rachel Kushner — are reportedly uncomfortable with celebrating a magazine that is best known for its attacks on Islam.
The controversy has spread beyond the rarefied air of the literary award circuit to reignite debates about freedom of expression and religious tolerance. A polite example of this back-and-forth can be found at The Intercept, which has published a letter to PEN by the writer Deborah Eisenberg questioning the award, and a response by PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel defending it.
But others have been less civil, most prominently Salman Rushdie, who was famously the subject of an Iranian fatwa calling for his death. He asserted on Twitter that the objecting writers are "six pussies."
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) April 27, 2015
He later told The New York Times, "If PEN as a free speech organization can't defend and celebrate people who have been murdered for drawing pictures, then frankly the organization is not worth the name. What I would say to both Peter [Carey] and Michael and the others is, I hope nobody ever comes after them." Ryu Spaeth