Frank Bruni, NY Times
Anthony Weiner’s quixotic mayoral candidacy is clearly a bid for redemption, and just as clearly a way to sate his epic, boundless need to be noticed.
In a Monday interview with Charlie Rose, President Barack Obama said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has “already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or he was supposed to.”
Rose asked Obama if he would consider reappointing Bernanke. Obama dodged the question.
“He has been an outstanding partner, along with the White House, in helping us recover much stronger than, for example, our European partners, from what could have been an economic crisis of epic proportions,” said Obama.
Bernanke has presided over the controversial and unprecedented expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet, which now totals $3.41 trillion. Last year Bernanke announced the Fed would begin printing $85 billion a month in the form of buying up bonds and would hold interest rates to near-zero until unemployment fell substantially.
WASHINGTON — You don't need me to tell you, but it's a whole lot tougher leading a garage band than being a superstar. What you might not have known is just how much harder.
If you want an example of growing inequality, try the rock 'n' roll industry. Between 1982 and 2003, the share of concert income taken home by the top 1 percent of performers more than doubled, rising from 26 percent to 56 percent. The top 5 percent collected almost 90 percent of all concert revenues.
The rock world is simply a more extreme version of the larger American experience. The top 1 percent…
Is it really possible that the civilizations that grew up in the “other” hemisphere have nothing useful to say about value, the categories of experience or the nature of mind? No. Luckily, we may be on the cusp of a new global era for philosophy.
President Obama's decision to arm Syrian rebels — after resisting such a course for nearly two years — has come under some withering criticism. Marc Lynch, who has long opposed military intervention in Syria, calls it "probably his worst foreign policy decision since taking office," while Daniel Larison casts it as "certainly one of the two or three worst [decisions]." Despite being on the opposite side of the debate – I began writing in favor of military intervention nearly a year and a half ago — it is hard…
By Catherine Hornby ROME (Reuters) – Italy's top court said on Tuesday it had ordered a retrial of American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher because their acquittals contained "shortcomings, contradictions and inconsistencies." Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito were initially found guilty of killing the 21-year-old Leeds University student in 2007 during what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault, but both were cleared on appeal in 2011. …
"What's really going on here?" That's the question I typically ask students to kick-start a discussion about some aspect of American intelligence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where I teach a graduate course on the subject.
This same question might fairly be asked about the controversy dominating the news since the leak that revealed the intelligence community's highly classified electronic surveillance program. Why are we so fascinated with this case? Why are some Americans outraged at the government while others are outraged at the…
Kristin Beck served honorably in the military for 20 years as Chris. Now she's retired and living as a transgender woman. Watch what a day in Kristin's life is like in this excerpt from an Anderson Cooper special report.