Wendy Abrams’ opportunity came in the photo line. As she stepped up to take her picture with President Barack Obama during a fundraiser last month in Chicago, she made her pitch: How could a president who vowed to tackle climate change possibly approve the Keystone XL pipeline?
No sooner had Google Inc. yielded to popular pressure to bar facial-recognition applications from Google Glass than techies split into two factions: those who called the ban an outrage that would hurt law enforcement and medical care, and those who said the ban would make no difference because sooner or later the wall was bound to fall.
On Saturday, many Americans will tune in for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes, the final and most grueling leg of the Triple Crown. Few of us, however, know that the namesake of the race, August Belmont, was a dominant financial figure of the 19th century.
So which scandal is the worst? The Barack Obama administration’s vulgar taste for investigating journalists? The Internal Revenue Service’s belief that some taxpayers are more equal than others? The confusion and inconsistency over the attack in Benghazi, Libya? Or maybe the latest one, the seizure of phone records of tens of millions of innocents?
John Milton Hay went east from Warsaw, Illinois, to finish his education at Brown University in Rhode Island, where he decided to become a poet. When he went back home, a depressed Hay changed course and in May 1859 began to study law with his uncle in nearby Springfield.
The works of Edmund Burke, an 18th- century British politician and political writer, are no longer as widely read as they should be. Here’s hoping a fine new biography by Jesse Norman, an academic philosopher and a Conservative member of the U.K. Parliament, will help put that right.