Where do the Republican presidential candidates stand on the biggest environmental issue of the moment?
Hani Khan, 20, was born in New York to Indian and Pakistani parents. She grew up in Foster City, Calif. Hani spoke to us about being fired from Hollister (a clothing store chain owned by Abercrombie & Fitch) after refusing to remove her hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim females. After taking her story public, Hani received hostile comments and death threats, and found it difficult to secure another job.
In September 1941, as the German Wehrmacht sped east toward Leningrad, Josef Stalin struck a blow against sentimentalism in warfare. His advisers told him that the Germans were putting Russian children and elderly at the front line and ordering them to beg the Red Army to surrender the city. Soviet troops recoiled from orders to fire on their most vulnerable countrymen, but Stalin would have none of it. "No sentimentality," he wrote in a memo to his generals. "Beat the Germans and their creatures, whoever they are. It makes no difference whether they are willing or unwilling enemies. Smash the enemy and his accomplices, sick or healthy, in the teeth."
David Vitter, a Republican senator from Louisiana known solely now and until the end of history for enjoying the company of prostitutes, had a great idea: He was going to petulantly skip Barack Obama's speech to Congress about his jobs proposal, and go to a football party instead. This would show his constituents how much contempt he has for Barack Obama, because that is how Republicans prove seriousness, these days. Well, Harry Reid scheduled some votes for after the speech, just as a sort of mildly amusing "screw you" to the high-profile skippers.
Two sentences in a 9/11 Commission document, previously withheld from the public but released in recent weeks, offer a tantalizing glimpse of a nugget of intelligence that has long been concealed from the public. The sentences read:
One contest in the GOP nominating process that is much more important than the Ames Straw Poll is the unofficial Republican Party elite primary. This is waged in the pages of the Wall Street Journal opinion section and at various "Beltway cocktail parties" or whatever it is party elites do when they're socializing with one another. These gentlemen don't hand-select the nominee (well, most of the time -- every now and then there's a George W. Bush) but they have veto power (sorry, Ron Paul). What did they think of last night's candidate debate?
Everybody's got an opinion about what kind of measures President Obama should propose tonight to address the unemployment crisis, but the folks at the Economic Policy Institute went to the trouble of coming up with a detailed 11-point plan. Salon contacted one of the authors of the report, economist Josh Bivens, to get his direct take on what Obama should do, and, probably more to the point, what he can do.
Three rounds into my fantasy football draft last week, my co-manager and I were cruising. We'd snagged Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, in that order, when we made a critical error. Under time pressure, we failed to double-check that we had the right player highlighted in Yahoo's fantasy system and accidentally took Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson. The deep boneheadedness of wasting a fourth-round pick on a quarterback I wouldn't have even considered as a backup was a new kind of agony for this fantasy newbie. In an effort to move beyond narrow, team-based rooting -- and an experiment in guy culture -- I decided to kick in $50 and help run a team, and to take FX's fantasy-football sitcom "The League" as my guide.
Wouldn't it be cooler if they called it "Seven Dirty Words Boulevard" instead? George Carlin, the legendary comic whose biting satire influenced generations of comedians, may be getting his own street.
Miley Cyrus is not a good girl gone bad. She's just a little girl grown up. In a new story in Asia's Prestige magazine, the former Hannah Montana -- who's taken heat in recent years for her underwear flaunting, lap-dancing antics -- strikes back against those who find her suddenly too controversial. "There was this magazine article the other day, showing all the younger celebrities," she says. "I was the Girl Next Door or whatever, and I fell under the category of Good Girl Gone Bad ... What the hell, man?"
Joe Scarborough -- the former Republican congressman who now hosts a basic cable morning show -- wrote a 9/11 song. Why? I don't know. I really don't. It's called "Reason to Believe," and it comes with an insane, Americana-drenched video that also doubles as a parody of horrible Americana-drenched country music videos.
A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional.
A Muslim leader in south Florida is seeking to form the first Muslim Republican club in the area, drawing intense opposition from some within the GOP.
Ben & Jerry's -- much like the porn business -- thrives on coming up with catchy titles first, and figuring out the details later. And like X-rated movies, the names of Ben & Jerry's flavors are often the most satisfying things about them. But even fans with a genuine appetite for Jamaican Me Crazy and Karamel Sutra may have paused their spoons in midair Wednesday at the prospect of a big, sweet mouthful of Schweddy Balls.