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Corruption, Fraud, Waste: Reflecting on the War in Afghanistan

Ed Targett

Corruption, fraud, theft, waste. These four dull horsemen of the auditor’s apocalypse are as common as violent death in Afghanistan and as the man responsible for overseeing the United States’ $109.7 billion reconstruction effort in the country, John Sopko is as well acquainted with their depressing ubiquity. The former prosecutor was appointed Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction by President Obama in 2012 and his caustic quarterly reports to Congress open a window onto a world in which these four horsemen have never been reined in, while cowboys run riot in Kabul.


Wealthy Chinese Descend on Paris for Wedding Shots

Ingrid Melander

As young Chinese become wealthier, they have taken to Paris for the national tradition of having wedding photos taken in advance for display on the big day. An industry banking on the city's romantic image has grown up around the trend. "It's very famous for being a romantic city and we can do shopping at the same time," 31-year-old business owner Wang said.


Ashley Madison Parent CEO Quits After Massive Data Hack

Alastair Sharp

The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed.


Ten Years Later, New Orleans Reflects on Hurricane Katrina Catastrophe

Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. It was the culmination of a week of reflection about a storm that left 80 percent of the Louisiana city famed for its Mardi Gras under water and displaced 130,000 residents.

More Democrats Open Door for Biden Presidential Run

David Lawder

Asked if Biden should run, Brown said: "You are asking me presidential advice. All I can say is if I were Hillary, I would say don't jump in. If I were Joe Biden, I would probably give it very serious consideration." Speculation grew on Saturday that Biden may soon challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination as the vice president met with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a power broker among liberal Democrats.


Donald Trump, Political Correctness and the Problem of ‘You Guys’

Rebekah Frank

According to an interview Trump gave on “Fox and Friends” the day after the debate, (the Rosie jab) got “the biggest applause of the evening actually, so it was sort of interesting.” That says a lot about the people present at the debate and their feelings not just about Rosie O’Donnell, but about women in general and what sort of treatment they are deserving of. When Kelly continued to press Trump on his history of derogatory statements about women he responded quite predictably, “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct."

Clinton Tells Black Lives Matter Activists to Change Policies, Not Hearts

John Whitesides and Amanda Becker

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a sometimes tense private meeting last week with five "Black Lives Matter" activists, urging them to find a way to change policies because "I don't believe you change hearts." In a video of the meeting released by the group, Clinton acknowledged the crime and incarceration laws pursued under her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had not always succeeded.

Title VII, Affirmative Action and the Search for Common Ground

Angelo Franco

At the end of this year’s U.S. Supreme Court session, the highest ruling body in the land handed down a decision that put a major American retailer on the wrong side of the law. In 2008, a young Muslim woman interviewed for a sales position at Abercrombie & Fitch and, after being recommended for hire by the interviewer, was denied the position because she did not conform to the company’s “look policy,” which states certain rules on attire and appearance that its employees must follow. One 

Chinese Tourists in Europe Buoy Hugo Boss Sales

Emma Thomasson

Chinese tourists have overtaken visitors from Russia as Hugo Boss's most important customer group in Europe, a region that accounts for around 60 percent of group sales, the company said. That trend has particularly boosted sales in France, Italy and Britain, Chief Financial Officer Mark Langer told an analyst conference call on Tuesday. The firm, best known for its premium menswear-like bespoke suits, expects European sales to continue to grow solidly in the second half of the year​.

On Its 50th Anniversary, the Voting Rights Act is Under Attack

Peniel E. Joseph

For African Americans, the passage of the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6, 1965, represented the culmination of a centuries-long struggle for citizenship. President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the legislation, designed to end a century of voter disfranchisement in the South and other parts of the nation, was inspired by grassroots protests and organizing that gripped the nation. Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in Selma, Ala., linked a local campaign for voting rights to a national movement to redefine American democracy.


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