From the finest crime reporter in New York, a sweet, suspenseful, and social media-savvy tale of a Turkey Day homecoming that nearly went awry. This is truly the best holiday.
A Facebook posting such as could stop a parent’s heart appeared on 20-year-old Bronagh Daly’s page as she joined millions of Americans in making the journey home to Thanksgiving, in her case from the University of Chicago to Brooklyn.“Heading to the airport in a cab. Cab driver suddenly hops out at a red light and runs off saying he wants a paper. Suddenly the cab starts moving with no one in the drivers seat and we hit the car in front of us.
Working out of the classic spy playbook, the CIA tried hard to convert al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo, but without much success.
Even in an age of miniaturized drones and powerful technologies that can vacuum up and analyze astonishing amounts of personal data, human spying remains the coin of the realm in the intelligence world. “If you know your enemy,” the ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught, “you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”And knowing your enemy means you have talk to them—up close, says CIA historian and journalist Tim Weiner. “You can’t do that from geo-spatial monitoring.
Gay couples in the military are taking advantage of the Pentagon’s order extending full marriage rights to all service members, but some states are fighting to deny them benefits.
Since September 20th, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn and his husband Will Umali-Behrens have been able to breath a sigh of relief—their four child household no longer has to pay for health insurance that costs more than both their car payments combined.“With a flick of a pen, it really helped us financially,” Will said.Military service members have just begun to exercise their new marriage rights and the spousal benefits that come with them but there have also been pockets of resistance from both church and state officials.
Most of us hate the indignities of air travel but for some Americans, Sikhs especially, airport security is humiliating. One Sikh says that it’s not making America safer.
While I am excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I am not excited about the process of getting there. None of us enjoy going through airport security, and this is especially true during the busiest travel week of the year: removing our shoes, removing personal items from our pockets, only to stand in a glass tube and lift up our arms in front of a stranger. All of this is further exacerbated by our eagerness to reach our loved ones as quickly as possible, especially during the holidays.
A Gap ad featuring a Sikh model went viral after being vandalized with racist comments. The company reacted admirably, but the incident proves our society is still divided.
You would expect New York City—one of the nation’s most diverse cities, in which more than a third of its 8 million residents are born in a foreign country—to be a haven for tolerance. But, a recent incident of subway graffiti would indicate otherwise.On Sunday, as I was monitoring my social media feeds, I noticed a striking photograph of a Gap Inc. subway clothing advertisement taken by a friend and NYC photographer, Robert Gerhardt, which he took on the “downtown platform on the 6 train at the Buhre Avenue stop in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx” in New York City just a few days prior.
Here’s how to find out find out if you’re eligible to skip the security line at the airport to save time and hassle during Thanksgiving travel.
For the more than 25 million Americans who are planning to board a plane over the Thanksgiving weekend, holiday travel can pose a logistical nightmare. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, overworked airport staff, and winding security lines make holiday travel long and frustrating.That’s why the Transportation Security Administration introduced “PreCheck” last year. The program allows travelers to breeze through security without having to remove their jackets, shoes, belts, or laptops.
The right always whines about its contrived war on Christmas. But this year, the real assault is on Thanksgiving, when retail stores will be open—depriving thousands of their holiday.
Forget the war on Christmas. It’s time to talk about a more dangerous assault—the one being waged against Thanksgiving. And this war has real casualties: American families.On Thursday, while most of us will be stuffing ourselves in the company of our loved ones—or at least our family—thousands of others will be compelled to leave their Thanksgiving celebrations to go to work. Why? Many retail chains have decided to open up their stores on Thanksgiving Day, including Walmart, Macy’s, Target, and Sears.
With her jump from broadcast TV to a video player on Yahoo’s homepage, Katie Couric signals a new era—it’s no longer career suicide to move from old media to new.
When, years from now, historians try to piece together the exact moment that the balance of cultural power shifted from old media to new, when the old lions guarding the gatehouse were flattened by the democratizing power of the Internet and social media, the events of the last few months, or even the last couple of days, may provide a clue.On Friday, news broke that Katie Couric, one of the most recognizable stars of television, was leaving ABC for Yahoo News.
Talked about for years, a high speed rail service for the Northeast may be on its way at last, with the Federal Railroad Administration expected to approve an overhaul of the tracks.
It may seem improbable, but the odds that faster trains are coming to the Northeast Corridor have jumped recently. That’s because beginning in 2015, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is expected to finally permit modern European designs on tracks throughout the country, running side by side with heavy freight, at all times of day. This decision could cut the weight of U.S. passenger trains in half, meaning trains can go faster, accelerate more quickly, cause less wear on tracks, and get passengers to their destination in less time.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
In a live talk with Chris Matthews, the president pushed young people to get insured, showed optimism about immigration reform, but refused to weigh in on a Clinton-Biden face-off.