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Archive for September 10th, 2012

Learning to Live With the Fatwa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 10th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Learning to Live With the Fatwa
Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker
Afterward, when the world was exploding around him, he felt annoyed with himself for having forgotten the name of the BBC reporter who told him that his old life was over and a new, darker existence was about to begin. She called him at home, on his private line, without explaining how she got the number. “How does it feel,” she asked him, “to know that you have just been sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini?” It was a sunny Tuesday in London, but the question shut out the light. This is what he said, without really knowing what he was saying:…

$750 Billion Per Year Lost to Sloppy Medical Care

Obama Enjoys Post-Convention Bounce
Greg Sargent, Washington Post
One of the big questions heading into the weekend was whether Friday’s weak jobs report would detract from whatever bounce Obama was set to get after last week’s Democratic National Convention. It’s not fully clear yet how the jobs numbers will impact the race, but if Gallup tracking data is to be believed, the early returns suggest that Obama is enjoying a post-convention bounce that has yet to be impacted by them.On Sunday, Gallup showed Obama leading Mitt Romney by five points, after steadily widening his lead from the 47-46 the race had been stuck at for…