Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Television talk shows tend to reinforce the misperceptions of our political debate. But a segment on CNN this Sunday was the rare exception, because it showcased what Republicans really think about the economy — and what might happen if their preferred policies prevail.
It's hard to imagine, at a time when we're mostly thinking about the beach and the next cycle of empty-headed summer TV fare like Jersey Shore. But the powers that be in Hollywood are selecting what will be hailed as the best examples of television excellence right now – voting on final nominees for the Emmy awards.
Ballots featuring potential nominees were posted online for Emmy academy voters last week; votes are due Friday. Which means most TV critics are making noise right now about who they'd like to see recognized.
With President Obama expected to announce on Wednesday some details about how fast and how soon the 30,000-or-so "surge" troops will be removed from Afghanistan, here are some of the things being reported about his plan:
Liza Featherstone is a journalist based in New York City.
The Supreme Court yesterday unanimously slapped down the largest civil rights class action suit in history — on a dry technicality. Justices agreed that Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the ten-year-old sex discrimination lawsuit should not proceed as a class action because the lower courts had not followed proper procedure in certifying it. While the Court's decision is discouraging, no one should imagine that it represents an end to the fight for justice at Wal-Mart.
He's a lone prospector on the street's of Manhattan's Diamond District. Using tweezers and a butter knife, Raffi Stepanian scrapes up bits of gold, diamonds and rubies that fall from workers clothing and shoes. He told the New York Post a week of urban panning earned him more than $1,800.
Instead of sifting through more job ads, an unemployed Irishman decided to advertise himself. The 26-year-old marketing grad spent close to $3,000 on a billboard. He used a photo of himself holding a suitcase and the words "Save Me From Emigration." He got several job offers.
Saleem Shahzad is the latest journalist to be killed in Pakistan. Over the last 18 months, at least 16 journalists have been killed there. Last week, other members of the media held a 24-hour sit-in across from Parliament to say the killers of Shahzad would be uncovered regardless of where the trail leads.
The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in American history. It was a nationwide class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.5 million female employees.