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  • Leading from behind -- way behind

    Only now, after the latest offshoot of al-Qaida has emerged out of the desert in fanatical strength, cut through whatever is left of the Iraqi "army," and allowed to advance in all directions, has the supposed commander in chief of this country's armed forces been heard from. Vaguely.
  • Paul Greenberg: A word for the Kurds

    ... It's an old saying: Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it. In spades. The latest illustration of that adage is provided by our own vice president, for Joe Biden is finally getting his wish. He made it back in 2006, another time when...

    Jonah Goldberg: Taken in by 'Gay Girl'

    Jonah Goldberg: Taken in by 'Gay Girl'
    I'd barely followed "A Gay Girl In Damascus" until last week, when Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart posted something to Twitter: "This is really important — this woman is a hero," with a link to a story about Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian...

    Pictures in the News | June 23, 2014

     
    Monday's Pictures in the News begins in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse with soccer fans waving U.S. flags to watch the U.S. national team face off against Portugal in a pivotal World Cup match that ended in a 2 - 2 draw. Across town, South Korean soccer...

    The Week in Pictures | June 23–29, 2014

     
    Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. This week, the World Cup in Brazil took center stage as fans across the globe rooted on their teams. Thirty-two teams began the tournament and only 16 are left as we enter the knockout stage.