Week In Politics: Presidential Attack Ads Get Nastier
Melissa Blocks talks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Linda Chavez, a syndicated columnist. They discuss controversial attack ads from both the Romney and Obama camps, and thoughts on Romney's vice presidential selection process.
David Rakoff Saw The World In All Its Dark Beauty
Known for his sobering honesty and biting wit, David Rakoff said it was healthy to employ "a certain kind of clear-eyed examination of the world as it is." Rakoff died Thursday in New York City after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
Gaming The Games: The Rules That Got Bent In London
Several times during these Olympics, there've been moments when the Olympic oath seemed all but forgotten — you know, the one at the opening ceremony where athletes pledged to abide by the rules and spirit of fair play.
'Age Of Desire': How Wharton Lost Her 'Innocence'
Jennie Fields' new novel, The Age of Desire, reimagines Edith Wharton's fling with a young journalist and the obsession that accompanied its fallout. Without that experience, Fields says, Wharton's The Age of Innocence would not have been the same.
Encoding Geopolitics: Virus Infects Banks In Lebanon
A common cybercriminal tactic appears to have been adopted by a nation-state for classic espionage purposes. The Kaspersky Lab in Moscow says the Gauss virus is targeting several large banks in Lebanon. Though the nation-state behind the virus hasn't been identified, analysts say it may be part of a U.S. effort.
Sunni Cleric Rises To Challenge Hezbollah In Lebanon
Little-known Sunni Sheik Ahmad Assir has gained prominence recently with his public protests against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Assir says Iran is using the militant Shiite group to expand its influence, and he is calling for the group to surrender its weapons, as the crisis in Syria — another Hezbollah backer — unfolds.