Cantor, McDonnell call for expedited Supreme Court review of health-care law

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are calling on the Obama administration to join Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in fast-tracking Supreme Court consideration of the constitutionality of the federal health-care law. Those statements are some of a staggering volume of reaction within Virginia to today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. … Continua a leggere

Julian Assange Update: British Judge Grants Bail to WikiLeaks Founder

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been granted bail in London while awaiting further hearings regarding his possible extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. But a lawyer representing Swedish prosecutors tells the British daily Guardian they plan on appealing Asssange’s bail. Assange will not be free from jail until that appeals process concludes, which may be sometime … Continua a leggere

Does China Face a ‘Peak Coal’ Threat?

China’s ravenous appetite for energy puts the country at risk of reaching a point of “peak coal,” when demand for coal will outstrip domestic production capacity, a growing number of experts believe. China now consumes approximately 47 percent of coal produced globally but by most estimates has just 14 percent of global coal reserves. Meanwhile, demand has risen by about … Continua a leggere

Health care challenge about politics, not policy

Editor’s note: Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the university’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. He blogs about health policy at The Incidental Economist. It’s very likely that you will see a lot in the news about Republicans’ opposition to the individual mandate … Continua a leggere

Attorney: Bernard Madoff will not attend son’s funeral

Convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff will not attend the funeral of his son, Mark, out of consideration for his daughter-in-law and grandchildren, attorney Ira Sorkin said. Mark Madoff’s body was discovered hanging from a ceiling pipe in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, two years to the day after his father was arrested for swindling $50 billion from investors in the largest … Continua a leggere

Holbrooke’s Death Leaves Void in Afghan Strategy

The death of Richard C. Holbrooke, who directed the civilian side of the war in Afghanistan, leaves a major void in what has always been the most difficult and vulnerable aspect of President Obama’s strategy. Tactical military gains have given the administration optimism that Taliban momentum, if not yet reversed, has been stalled. The Afghan army, while far from capable … Continua a leggere