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Kansas Democrat wins fight to get taken off the ballot in Senate race

theweek.com — In a very odd kind of victory for Democrats, Senate nominee Chad Taylor of Kansas has just won a unanimous decision from the state Supreme Court - to have his name taken off the ballot.
Sep 18, 2014

I reiterate: The biggest political impact a Democrat can have in Kansas is to drop out of an election. theweek.com/speedreads/ind…

The European Union was supposed to end nationalism. It gave it new life instead.

theweek.com — From this corner of the world, the European Union always looked a dreary German project, one that was badly anti-democratic. The way the EU made nations vote over and over again on rejected treaties until it got the answer it wanted seemed unseemly in execution and Soviet in spirit.
Sep 18, 2014

RT @DamonLinker: Smart @michaelbd today. I say that because I agree with him about the EU’s paradoxical role in inspiring nationalism. theweek.com/article/index/…

Sep 18, 2014

RT @MarkAdomanis: If you don't read @michaelbd you should. Don't always agree, but he is always interesting theweek.com/article/index/…

Sep 18, 2014

The European Union was supposed to end nationalism. It gave it new life instead. - m.theweek.com/article/index/…

Sep 18, 2014

The European Union has given European nationalism a new life and character. theweek.com/article/index/…

Sep 18, 2014

The E.U. tried to move Europe past nationalism. But it provides the institutions and grievances that make it grow. theweek.com/article/index/…

France says the name 'ISIS' is offensive, will call it 'Daesh' instead

theweek.com — What's in a name? When it comes to how to refer to the terror group that has terrorized Syria and northern Iraq and violently imposed a caliphate, a lot. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a bit of a misnomer, says France, as it lends the imprimatur of Islam to a group that the vast majority of Muslims finds despicable.
Sep 18, 2014

RT @DionNissenbaum: Forget #ISIL, #ISIS or Islamic State, French officials will refer to them by Arabic nickname "Daesh": theweek.com/speedreads/ind…

Sep 18, 2014

RT @DionNissenbaum: Forget #ISIL, #ISIS or Islamic State, French officials will refer to them by Arabic nickname "Daesh": theweek.com/speedreads/ind…

Sep 18, 2014

Forget #ISIL, #ISIS or Islamic State, French officials will refer to them by Arabic nickname "Daesh": theweek.com/speedreads/ind…

Sep 17, 2014

Why didn't our prez think of that? - France says the name 'ISIS' is offensive, will call it 'Daesh' theweek.com/speedreads/ind… via @SpeedReads

Candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court convicted of refusing breathalyzer test

theweek.com — Well, this might not look good. Michelle MacDonald, a candidate this November for the Minnesota Supreme Court, was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a traffic stop in April 2013, in which she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test - or even to exit the car - after police suspected she might be driving drunk.
Sep 18, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: Republican candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court convicted of refusing breathalyzer test: bit.ly/1BOGiZW pic.twitter.com/9Pldli9S8c

Your 2-year-old doesn't need to go to school

theweek.com — Kids cost a lot of money - $500,000 on average, excluding college tuition. That's a 25 percent increase since the 1960s. And partly to blame is the spiking costs of childcare and education, which used to make up 2 percent of the total cost, but now make up 18 percent.
Sep 17, 2014

"why are more and more parents sending their kids off to school at 2?" Uh, b/c they both work? m.theweek.com/article/index/…

The Obama administration's non-stop incoherence on ISIS

theweek.com — One has to wonder just how often members of President Barack Obama's national security team talk with each other. The federal government is famously gigantic, but the president's cabinet is not, particularly if you narrow it to the inner circle that crafts military and national security strategy.