Most people would prefer to die at home. But there could be one benefit to dying in a hospital that people may not realize: a free autopsy.
Yes, that's right. A hospital that may charge tens of thousands of dollars for heart surgery generally won't charge the family a penny to perform an autopsy to figure out if it was heart disease or something else that caused a patient's death. (Hospitals that don't do autopsies may arrange to have one done elsewhere.)
Word from the Los Angeles Times that "former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff," reminds us about what it was like in 2003 when the Hollywood star got into politics.
Katrina vanden Heuvel is The Nation's editor and publisher.
As a New York Times editorial recently noted, Bill Burton, former White House deputy press secretary, is leading a group called Priorities USA to "raise unlimited money from undisclosed sources to aid in the president's re-election campaign."
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has convicted former Rwandan General Augustin Bizimungu on charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 30 years in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide that killed as many as 800,000 Rwandans, according to the BBC.
Fred Barnes is the executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
It was no accident that Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, spoke first. Senate Republicans had adopted a division of labor for their session at the White House last week with President Obama. Eleven of them addressed the president, touching on spending cuts and raising the debt limit.
The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright makes the case that Pakistan's military has become addicted over the years to the billions of dollars it gets from the United States. And he says one reason that country's military and intelligence services didn't discover that Osama bin Laden was living just an hour or two from Islamabad is because they didn't want to know.
The country's biggest retailer said its profits in the most recent quarter rose about 3 percent over this time last year to $3.5 billion. Also Tuesday, European officials approved a bailout package for Portugal worth about $100 billion.