David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group LP, paid $14.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York yesterday for “The Bay Psalm Book,” the highest price for a printed book at auction.
The advocacy groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are accusing the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of possible war crimes for drone strike campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen. These charges won’t have much weight within the U.S. -- after all, even Hollywood now portrays the way we tortured detainees, and no one has been held to account.
The biggest problem with the recently disclosed Obama administration white paper defending the drone killing of radical clerk Anwar al-Awlaki isn’t its secrecy or its creative redefinition of the words “imminent threat.” It is the revolutionary and shocking transformation of the meaning of due process.
London Mayor Boris Johnson urged a halt to speculation about his Tory party leadership ambitions as rivalry between him and Prime Minister David Cameron got personal, with the premier dubbing him a “rock star”.