Faiza Patel, an attorney for the Brennan Center for Justice, writes a piece for The Hill that lists a series of questions that were worthy of asking at Peter King's hearings yesterday. Chief among them, Patel says, is whether the right to worship and pursue an active religious life is being associated with a potential for terrorism.
The feud between old and new media just got personal with Ariana Huffington lashing back at Bill Keller, executive editor of TheNew York Times, for a piece that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. In the piece Keller dismisses the reporting of the Huffington Post as one that involves slide shows of "cute kittens" and claims that Huffington plagiarized his comments from a panel on the future of journalism.
The Wall Street JournalEuropereports that Greece is turning to its diasporic community to buy up its debt, issuing bonds. The piece quotes Greek Americans, from the unemployed to cafe owners in Astoria, all saying they'll pony up money largely for the sake of ancestral pride.
Greece wants to sell 3 billion Euros in bonds to its diasporic community. The Greek American population is estimated to be around 2.5 million people. Canada and Australia are also said to have large populations.
The Atlantic features an amazing graphic showing the division of the US of A into 12 separate economic states, stressing the idea that the country is turning into areas of haves and have nots. It's a strong divide in the sense that poverty is surrounded by poverty, creating an entire regional ecosystem that's mired in problems. Worth checking out to see how America looks from a macro perspective.
Chris Hayes writes in The Nation that gas prices might be a defining factor in Obama's re-election. Anyone doubting that just needs to cast their memory back to 2008 when the call for a repeal of the gas tax became a signature issue for John McCain in tackling the nation's gas woes.
Hayes points out that then, as now, speculation played a huge role: