Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie defends the proposed bill on burqa-style veils at the Senate, in Paris. Today, the French Parliament voted to ban burqa-style veils and impose a $195 fine on violators.
Paul Waldmanasks whether there is really a chance the ACA will be repealed:
When the ACA passed in March, many commentators -- myself included -- predicted that because it was now a law, support for it would naturally increase. Instead of being something abstract about which nightmare scenarios could be invented, health-care reform would be an actual set of programs with which people would be interacting. Their own experiences would outweigh whatever new falsehoods Republicans invented.
September 13, 1993: President Clinton presides over ceremonies marking the signing of the peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians on the White House lawn with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, left, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, right.
Dayo Olopadeasks whether giving away money -- and lots of it -- is really the best way to change the world:
But it is not just cash on hand that makes Gates the biggest player in the philanthropy industry. With operations spanning more than 100 countries -- not to mention a robust program of giving within the United States -- its reach is truly global. Gates Foundation grants support everything from tiny schools in New Mexico to the United Nations Foundation. It is difficult to find an area of health, education, or development work that Gates hasn't touched. (Indeed, nearly all of the individuals quoted in this article have partnered with or received funding from the Gates Foundation.)