Yesterday was a dramatic day for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who lobbied hard and told his fellow Republican in no uncertain terms that they had to get behind his deficit plan. Boehner will put it to a vote today.
The Tea Party caucus in particular wasn't thrilled with Boehner's plan. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah was at that meeting, where the speaker used some choice words to get his caucus in line and when the speaker turned his way to see where he stood, Chaffetz said he was still voting no.
The classic words of William Shakespeare can be difficult to understand in a modern society.
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John McWhorter is a contributing editor for The New Republic.
"Iconoclastic" as I am thought to be on race, I have been struck by how equally unexpected one view of mine has been considered: that much of Shakespeare's language is impossible to comprehend meaningfully in real time, so much so that most first-time viewers of a Shakespeare play are understanding grievously less of the meaning than they are aware.
Two inmates at Exeter prison in England nearly managed to tunnel their way to freedom. They hacked through a 4-foot-thick wall and disguised the hole with fake bricks made from papier-mache. The plot unraveled when a guard spotted dust on the ground.
A Pennsylvania teacher was suspended over her blog. School officials discovered she was writing about her students, calling them "frightfully dim" and "disengaged, lazy whiners." Now the Intelligencer of Doylestown says she's been reinstated — but with a kind of poetic justice. Her lawyer says she'd rather work at a different school, but she was sent back to Central Bucks East High School, teaching the same classes she apparently disliked.
Early next month, a panel of preservationists will select a house in Louisville to be rehabilitated under a new project called Preservation S.O.S.—Save Our Shotguns. It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house.
The High Museum of Art commissioned <a href="http://www.nendo.jp/en/">nendo</a>, a Japanese design collective, to create <em>Visible Structures</em> — a 12-piece installation of furniture made out of form core and cardboard, reinforced with graphite tape.
Doctors perform a kidney transplant operation in Spain in 2010. One in three people with kidney failure has antibodies that make it hard to receive a transplant, but a new treatment can get rid of them prior to transplant.
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Everybody knows there's a dire shortage of kidneys (and other organs) for transplant. The math: Over 80,000 on the kidney waiting list, but only 17,500 transplants are performed annually.
But there's another side to that coin. Thousands of patients with kidney failure have willing donors lined up among family members and friends. But they're just about impossible to transplant.
The stock market has been sliding lower all week as the debt-ceiling standoff in Washington continues. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 200 points, or 1.6 percent, on Wednesday.
Most analysts still predict that a compromise will be reached before the government defaults on its debts. But many Americans saw what happened to their retirement savings and stock portfolios in the financial crisis just three years ago. And some are getting nervous about their 401(k)s.
More than 1,300 soldiers are deploying to Iraq this month for the Kentucky National Guard's final mission there: helping to shut down U.S. military operations. But some soldiers are coping with not only the pressure of deployment, but also the stress of putting their civilian jobs on hold.
The Kentucky National Guard's 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will primarily be in charge of convoy security in Iraq, making sure U.S. equipment gets safely to Kuwait and onto ships. They represent half of the 2,600 troops they'll be joining from Oregon, Virginia and Utah.
Iman Warsame (left) and Fardosa Ahmed drum up business for their car wash; proceeds from the event (below) went to help drought victims in Somalia.
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As drought engulfs the Horn of Africa, Somalia is among the hardest-hit nations because of the ongoing civil war there. With few international aid groups or media on the ground, many Somalis living in the large refugee community in Minneapolis feel they must be the voice for famine victims. After all, many say, they have their own memories of the hunger and violence they escaped.
Sultan Aliyoow is consumed by the suffering in his homeland. In this afternoon, he's going door to door to Somali-owned businesses in South Minneapolis.