John McCormack is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.
In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks writes that Republicans opposed to tax hikes as a part of a debt limit deal "have no sense of moral decency." The column happens to include a rather conspicuous typo:
The news that "a Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges" is one of the major stories of the morning. And as The Wall Street Journal writes, the Obama administration's decision to try Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in a U.S.
Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Robin, and two children.
David Brooks yesterday has an important column, important not in the sense that it contains an intellectual breakthrough — those are hard to pull off in 700 words — but that it's a Cronkite-esque statement about the Republican Party's radicalism:
"It went from day to night, just like that ... [and] it just wouldn't stop."
That's how 12 News meterologist Rob Carlmark describes what it was like in Phoenix Tuesday evening when a massive dust storm blew through the area. His video about what it was like to be caught in the storm's path is posted here.
As Pakistan tries to add to its stockpile of nuclear bombs, domestic terrorists are launching more sophisticated attacks on the country's military bases. Together, those trends are raising fears that terrorists might target Pakistan's widening network of nuclear facilities.
The U.S. relationship with Pakistan is fraught with anxiety and danger, and there is no more perilous element than Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. In the series Who Serves, NPR looks at those who have made a decision few others today have — to fight in America's wars.
Some nuclear industry officials say if Japan had U.S.-style training for its operators, they might have fared better during the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. In Japan, workers train on generic simulators. Here, every nuclear power plant has an exact mockup of its control room so plant operators can practice more realistic disaster scenarios.
Take for example the Grand Gulf Nuclear Generating Station, south of Vicksburg, Miss., on the Mississippi River.
President Obama has invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to the White House Thursday for face-to-face meetings on the budget.
"It's my hope that everybody's going to leave their ultimatums at the door," Obama told reporters at the White House Tuesday. "That we'll all leave our political rhetoric at the door, and we're all going to do what's best for our economy and do what's best for our people."
The president would like to reach an agreement within two weeks, which would leave time to raise the federal debt ceiling before an Aug. 2 deadline.