"Many black women are fat because we want to be." With those words in a New York Times op-ed, novelist Alice Randall sparked a controversy. Touching on flashpoints of race, weight, politics and gender, her contention prompted a debate and raised serious questions about health, culture and race.
The New York City police reported that its officers stopped and frisked almost 700,000 people last year, which prompted a fresh round of protests over the controversial policy. In today's Washington Post, Richard Cohen writes that these questionable tactics have to be measured against their effects. New York City is heaven on earth, he wrote, possibly because it is a certain kind of hell for young black and Hispanic men. Do results justify questionable police tactics?
Over his long academic career, Bernard Lewis has arguably become the world's greatest historian of the Middle East. Now, at 96, Lewis turns his attention inward in a memoir that looks back on his life, work and legacy.
The linguist and scholar's career began before World War II, and in a new memoir he covers more than a few sensitive areas, from race and slavery in Islam, to the clash of civilizations and his long argument with scholar Edward Said, to his role as an adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Fans of the Chicago Cubs come up with all kinds of explanations for the team's epic ineptitude: the curse of the Billy Goat, Steve Bartman's 2003 foul ball catch, and generations of incompetent management. In the Wall Street Journal today, Rich Cohen comes to a different conclusion: Wrigley Field. Destroy it, annihilate it, he wrote. Implosion or explosion, get rid of it, not merely the structure but the ground on which it stands.
NATO has just asked the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to attend the May 20-21 summit in Chicago. The AP says the overture signals that the rift between NATO and Islamabad may be coming to a resolution.
Governor Jan Brewer decided Monday not to pick two new fights with the federal government.
The governor vetoed a measure to make it a crime for police officers to even attempt to enforce sections of the National Defense Authorization Act which let the government detain suspected terrorists -- including U.S. citizens -- without trial. Brewer said police cannot be required to choose between upholding federal laws or obeying state statutes. That comparison drew an angry response from Sen. Sylvia Allen.
Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation Monday that will force a host of cities to change their election dates.
Right now cities can choose candidates for council and mayor on any of four days any year. This new law limits that to just two days on even-numbered years -- the same days as elections for state and federal officers. The move came over objections from local officials. They fear forcing consolidation will mean local races will be buried on the statewide ballot and ignored. Tucson city attorney Mike Rankin is one of the foes.