US Needs More Forthcoming Approach to Iran: Report

WASHINGTON - With the inauguration of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, the United States should take a more flexible approach toward Tehran to increase the chances of a successful resolution of the latter’s nuclear programme, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) read more … [Read more...]

Let’s Not Pretend ‘The Wire’ Has Great Major Female Characters, Or, Expanding The Golden Age Of TV

Credit: HBO I love The Wire, but it’s exceptionally strange to me to claim that the show is in some way better than Breaking Bad because it does better by its female characters, as Rebecca Nicholson does here: It’s easy to argue that Breaking Bad is about a masculine world because high-level crystal meth dealers are likely to be men, and that, therefore, its female characters could … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Hospital Reverses Decision To Deny Teen’s Heart Transplant Due To His Trouble With The Law

15-year-old Anthony Stokes, who has been hospitalized with a fatal heart condition CREDIT: 11Alive News Anthony Stokes, the 15-year-old Georgia resident who was initially denied a place on a heart transplant list because of his history of “non-compliance,” is getting a second chance. His family says that his doctors have changed their minds, and Anthony was placed on a transplant list … [Read more...]

Hard to have a Jesse Owens Olympic-moment when IOC tells gays “stay in the closet”

International Olympic Committee sides with Russians, says "Pride House" banned by IOC charter. . … [Read more...]

Your AM Russian gay Olympic implosion update

Bad Russians, good Canadians, tepid Americans and more news from the morning papers about Russia and the gays. . … [Read more...]

New Jersey Republicans Nominate Koch Brothers Operative For Senate

Steve Lonegan (R) The New Jersey Republicans voted Tuesday — in a low-turnout primary — to nominate Steve Lonegan for the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D) term. Lonegan, the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, will face Newark Mayor Corey Booker (D) in an October 16 special election. Americans for Prosperity is a … [Read more...]

Bedtime in Paris, open thread

A quick look at Paris Plage and an old bookstore. . … [Read more...]

Senior Russian sports official: No one wants gay naked Nazis at the Olympics

It's like shooting fish in a barrel, with these Russians and their increasingly idiotic statements. . … [Read more...]

92-Year-Old Who Once Faced Literacy Tests Sues North Carolina Over New Wave Of Voter Suppression

When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one … [Read more...]

Arizona Republicans Already Working On 2020 Gerrymander Plan

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham Unhappy that an independent redistricting commission devised maps it deemed too independent for the 2012 elections, Arizona Republicans are already scheming to rig the redistricting process after the 2020 elections to be more favorable to their party. Under Article I, Section 2 of the the U.S. Constitution, states determine how to divide their U.S. … [Read more...]

The real story of Jesse Owens and the 1936 Nazi Olympics

Owens, who won four gold medals in Berlin, was never invited to the White House to be congratulated by FDR. . … [Read more...]

It Keeps Getting Cheaper To Install Solar Panels In The U.S.

Mari Hernandez contributed to this post. CREDIT: (Credit: Shutterstock) Americans who want to install solar panels on their houses are having to pay less than ever before, a new report has found. The installed prices for solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems fell by a range of 6 to 14 percent, or $0.30 per watt to $0.90 per watt, from 2011 to 2012 according to the sixth edition of “Tracking the … [Read more...]

The Ninth Doctor, The Tyranny Of Conformity, And The Future Of ‘Doctor Who’

Credit: BBC “It’s a bit dodgy, this process. You never know what you’re going to end up with.” -The Doctor It’s summertime, which means it’s the perfect occasion to do things like introduce one’s significant other to Doctor Who, starting with the rather nifty arc of the Ninth Doctor, played with melancholy charm by Christopher Eccleston, and overseen by … [Read more...]

Lessons from Snowden

America's wiretap-state has security costs as well as benefits, and the costs may be larger than we realize. . … [Read more...]

Five Sobering Findings From The Federal Ruling That Held NYPD Racially Profiles

On Monday, the New York Police Department’s aggressive approach to stop-and-frisks took a major blow, with federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the Department engages in unconstitutional racial profiling. The decision by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin incorporates statistics showing that 87 percent of those stopped in 2011 were black or Hispanic, and testimony from more … [Read more...]

Russia may be 1st Olympic host to ever threaten to jail Olympians

Even Hitler didn't threaten to throw Olympians in jail in 1936. Russia's unprecedented threat demands action. . … [Read more...]

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop And Five Other Transportation Ideas From Science Fiction

Credit: The Atlantic Wire Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Space X, and electric car company Tesla Motors, is making waves again with his advocacy for what he’s calling the Hyperloop, a theoretical high-speed transit system that he says could reduce travel times between cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco or Washington, DC and New York to thirty minutes. Matt Yglesias is right to … [Read more...]

Until Last Week, The Official Policy Of One Virginia City Was To Assume All Rape Victims Were Lying

Credit: New York City’s National Organization for Women Until last week, Norfolk, Virginia police classified sexual assault claims to be “unfounded” — or not valid — by default. According to the Virginian-Pilot, a 22-year-old woman’s case prompted Norfolk police chief Mike Goldsmith to update the policy so that officers must now assume rape victims are telling … [Read more...]