With redistricting looming, the Ohio congressman is from a state where the GOP won the governorship and the legislature. His case is only one example of how Democrats across the country could be forced into tough 2012 races.
Disney has had decades of solid experience in the logistics of how to make a product—whether it's a TV series or an animated film—how to ship related merchandise, how to price said merchandise, and how to market all of the above, anywhere in the world. The result is a series of successful projects conceived, built, and sold through Disney's various branches.
While floods inspire tent-pole news coverage, the American Southwest has been quietly struggling with the opposite problem: a near-crippling drought. For the first time, water in the Lake Mead Basin, which feeds much of the region, is in danger of falling into the “shortage” zone, according to recent federal estimates. And the National Weather Service is predicting the worst seasonal drought since the mid-1950s.
Cap-and-trade's political death leaves room for new proposals on Capitol Hill.
Companies and private donors are giving money at an unprecedented rate in a midterm election year. The cash is funneled into nonprofit organizations that don’t have to disclose where donations originate as long as they retain 501(c) status (named for a part of the federal tax code) by keeping political activities to less than 50 percent of their expenses.
Both the federal trade and communications commissions are studying how Uncle Sam can help the flagging news business. But while federal subsidies may be coming, state support for journalism is on the wane. The clearest example is public television, which relies on a mix of federal, local, and private funding to fulfill a mandate of news and educational programming. Federal sources have not slowed in recent years, but state support dropped sharply in 2009, according to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which puts the damage at $36 million nationwide. This year, more than half the states are expected to make further cuts, with public-affairs coverage often taking the hardest hit.
The plight of the 33 miners trapped in northern Chile for more than a month so far is harrowing enough. They must try to survive 90 percent humidity and avoid starvation. They also have to keep their sanity, which becomes harder as they confront another present danger: the darkness.
Early in the afternoon of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in lower Manhattan family members wearing white ribbons were outnumbered on the downtown streets. The dominant point of interest was not the massive pit where the World Trade Center once stood but the site of a former Burlington Coat Factory two blocks away where a Islamic cultural center has been proposed. The debate has opened the floodgates about Islam in America and transformed Ground Zero into the chosen venue to protest everything from abortion to conspiracy theories involving Muslim world domination. On block after block, these debates literally happened face-to-face.
How are we to interpret recent headlines regarding possible hate crimes against Muslims that have sprung up in recent weeks? Are we simply paying closer attention to these sorts of incidents, or are they happening with greater frequency thanks to the mosque controversy?
When Wyclef Jean announced that he would run for president of Haiti, his candidacy had a whiff of inevitability, if not triumphalism. Many, perhaps even the hip-hop star himself, seemed to assume he would seize frontrunner status and then be elected by acclamation. Two weeks later, Jean's fledgling candidacy is less certain.
Both Republicans and Democrats have experience kicking around the 9/11 political football. The row over the so-called Ground Zero mosque is only the latest example.