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Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claimed in a press conference last night that the latest Ebola patient had self-isolated since returning from Africa. Later, she admitted that in fact the patient had spent a lot of time in public and with other people: “We know that he left his apartment and so that he — self-quarantine would have meant he never left his apartment. But he… Continue reading
Accusations of blasphemy are brought disproportionately against Pakistan’s Christians, some 2 percent of the population. Intent is not an element of the crime, and recent years have seen cases brought against illiterate, mentally disabled, and teenage Christians. Each case seems to heighten the sensitivities of the extremists and further fracture society. The flimsiest rumor of a Koran burning can spark hysteria ending in riots against entire Christian communities. Lahore’s St. Joseph Colony was torched last… Continue reading
The polls in Virginia also close at 7 p.m. Mark Warner has held a comfortable lead throughout the cycle, but recent news regarding his role in the so-called Puckett scandal—whether Warner tried to get a job for the daughter of a critical state senator—has cast some doubt. Warner has worked hard to maintain a sterling reputation throughout the state, so Republican Ed Gillespie remains a massive underdog. Still, a “perfect storm” just might produce the… Continue reading
In an era when refusing to subsidize a $10 package of birth control pills is deemed by liberals to be just shy of a war crime, the accusations directed at Land are a reminder of what a genuinely sexist campaign attack looks like. Nonetheless, the media have been happy to amplify Peters’s press releases with headlines such as “Gary Peters calls on Terri Lynn Land to disclose husband’s tax returns, details of $3M in funding”… Continue reading
Iraqi Kurdistan is just such a place (another is the Somaliland Republic, just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen). It is not technically an independent state, as it has not seceded from the battered, unraveling republic of Iraq. But at this point that doesn’t really matter. Baghdad is hardly in a position to object to any deal between the United States and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Indeed, any hope that Iraq has… Continue reading
ENLARGE A doctor who had returned to New York City recently after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus on Thursday, officials said, setting up a new test for the nation’s ability to control the spread of the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old physician who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea until returning to the U.S. 10 days ago, is the fourth patient to be diagnosed with Ebola… Continue reading
ENLARGE A man who charged at New York City police officers while swinging a hatchet was shot and killed Thursday afternoon after he struck two officers, including one in the head, Commissioner William Bratton said. A 29-year-old woman who was a half block from the scene was accidentally shot and seriously injured during the incident, which took place along a busy commercial stretch in the Jamaica section of Queens, Mr. Bratton said. The commissioner said… Continue reading
The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said. The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal. Earlier this month, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals of same-sex marriage bans and… Continue reading

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