It's Not Just Vladimir Putin: Governments Around the World Are Making it Easier to Jail Someone as a Pirate
It's not just Vladimir Putin who's arresting activists for piracy. In international law, the term has changed meanings.
Peter Beinart thinks so. He's wrong.
News of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s late September speech before Jewish leaders in New York got me thinking about Peter Beinart’s latest piece from earlier that month in the New York Review of Books about American Jews and Israel.
Explaining Pennsylvania's unpopular governor
Sorry, Tom Corbett: Purple Pennsylvanians have little taste for truly conservative governance.
It has been a rough two months for the Affordable Care Act and its defenders. Having spent years fighting ridiculous allegations about socialized medicine and "death panels," supporters of near-universal coverage now face something different. The performance failures in the rollout of healthcare.gov have triggered cries of "I told you so!" from some liberals. This wouldn’t have happened, they say, if only Obama had supported some form of single-payer plan, such as Medicare for all.
Hamas may be turning away from violence
Hamas may be turning away from violence.
It’s Thanksgiving so, naturally, there is news about healthcare.gov. The news is about Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange. It’s supposed to be like the exchange that people use to buy insurance on their own, only it’s supposed to be for small businesses. Eventually, employees of small businesses will be use the site to buy their own coverage, once their employer has picked from a menu options—in effect, giving them the same kind of choices that employees of many large firms already have.
With the long Holiday weekend ahead of us, here is a collection of links. If you have some free time, or just need to get away from family, these articles are all worth reading.--Mark Lynch, in Foreign Policy, has an important piece explaining why the Obama administration is not getting tough with Egypt's generals.
The only question is when the administration will decide to toss her.
From the moment that the Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid – in a 7-2 ruling joined by Justices Breyer and Kagan – I’ve been among the more pessimistic when it comes to assessing the willingness of states to accept the expansion. Yes, the deal being offered states seems too good to pass up – the federal government covers the full cost of the expansion for the first three years, sliding down to 90 percent for the long term.
Alongside good quiche, cool bars, and the locals’ finicky habit of rolling their own cigarettes, add to the German capital’s reputation this: It is a refuge for prominent members of the pro-transparency community best embodied by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.