California State Controller John Chiang is being hailed as a hero by many in his state because he's ruled that legislators there won't be paid until they produce a budget plan that he determines is balanced.
Keith Olbermann's new show, <em>Countdown With Keith Olbermann</em>, premiered on Monday, June 20.
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Leslie Savan blogs for The Nation about media and politics.
It's good to have Keith Olbermann back, and terrific to have a new progressive platform on Current TV. But unless the man grows up, I'll probably be watching Lawrence O'Donnell, whose relentless logic I've grown enamored of, especially since he took over K.O.'s slot at MSNBC.
The day's big story, at least at this hour, is President Obama's address to the nation tonight in which he'll lay out his plan for drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Our latest preview is posted here.
A U.S. Army crewman sits at the rear of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter accompanying the Blackhawk of Defense Secretary Robert Gates (not pictured) between Forward Operating Bases in over eastern Afghanistan, Monday, June 6, 2011. President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement about the next phase of military operations in Afghanistan later today.
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Frederick W. Kagan is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and director of its Critical Threats Project. Kimberly Kagan is president of the Institute for the Study of War.
A Bahraini court sentenced at least eight Shiite activists and opposition leaders to life in prison Wednesday and issued stiff terms for 13 others in the latest blow by authorities waging a crackdown against protesters seeking greater rights in the Gulf kingdom.
The men were accused of plotting to overthrow the country's monarchy during mass demonstrations earlier this year. Fourteen of the 21 convicted are in custody while the rest were sentenced in absentia.