Severomorsk, Russia: Deadly sub fire

Severomorsk, Russia: Deadly sub fire

Russian officials said that a blaze aboard a nuclear-powered research submarine in the Arctic last week could have caused a “catastrophe of global proportions” if 14 crew members hadn’t sacrificed themselves to save the ship. All of those who died were high-ranking officers—two had been awarded the Hero of Russia Continue Reading

How Nike gave racists the U.S. flag

How Nike gave racists the U.S. flag

Nike just gave neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and alt-righters a huge gift, said Jonah Goldberg: “It turned the Betsy Ross flag into a racist symbol.” The shoe manufacturer was set to release a line of Fourth of July sneakers featuring the original American flag, with 13 stars in a circle. But Nike Continue Reading

Harris: Why she’s surging

Harris: Why she’s surging

Kamala Harris “changed the campaign” with her dazzling performance at the first Democratic presidential debate, said Ezra Klein in Vox.com. The California senator was the runaway winner of the two-night, 20-candidate face-off. Her triumph came largely thanks to a “devastating,” if carefully planned, assault on front-runner Joe Biden over his Continue Reading

New Orleans: Obamacare in jeopardy

New Orleans: Obamacare in jeopardy

A panel of federal judges voiced skepticism this week about the Affordable Care Act, signaling that they are inclined to affirm a Texas court’s decision to strike down the entire healthcare law. Eighteen GOP-led states brought the lawsuit after Congress eliminated a tax on the uninsured—the “individual mandate”; the mandate Continue Reading

Ridgecrest, Calif: Shaken

Ridgecrest, Calif: Shaken

Two massive earthquakes rocked Southern California last week, damaging roads and sparking fires but miraculously failing to cause any serious injuries. A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck in the late morning 10 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., a city of 27,000 about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It proved to be the Continue Reading

Washington, D.C: Barr’s damage control

Washington, D.C: Barr’s damage control

Attorney General William Barr assailed Congress’ planned questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller, saying lawmakers want to create a “public spectacle” with the July 17 televised hearings. “I don’t think Mueller should be treated that way or subject himself to that, if he doesn’t want to,” Barr said. The Justice Continue Reading

Grand Rapids, Mich: GOP defection

Grand Rapids, Mich: GOP defection

Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican in Congress to call for President Trump’s impeachment, left the GOP this week, after saying “modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral.” Writing in The Washington Post, Amash, who rode the Tea Party wave to Congress in 2010, said that although his Continue Reading

San Francisco: Candidate 24

San Francisco: Candidate 24

After deciding against a run in January, billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer reversed course this week and announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for president. The former hedge fund manager pledged to spend at least $100 million of his fortune on the campaign, and he’s already poured $1.4 Continue Reading

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has the shakes, said Nico Fried. Twice in recent days, she’s been caught on film trembling severely. Merkel’s struggle to control her body was clear to all, “as if yielding to weakness were incompatible with her understanding of the office.” Following the first episode, Merkel said she Continue Reading