Opinion
10:18 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Weekly Standard: No More Mister Nice Guy

President Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign rally at Ohio State University on May 5, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The rally officially kicked off the president's 2012 campaign for reelection.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 7:19 am

Fred Barnes is executive editor at The Weekly Standard.

By the time he took office in 2009, President Obama had fashioned a reputation as an idealist committed to reforming the way business is done in Washington. But as president, he's allowed this reputation to fritter away. And what's left of it is now being destroyed by his harsh and misguided campaign for reelection.

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Monkey See
10:18 am
Mon May 21, 2012

'Saturday Night Live' Shows Its Heart On Kristen Wiig's Last Night

Mick Jagger and Kristen Wiig in the final sketch of the Saturday Night Live season finale.
Dana Edelson NBC

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 9:18 am

Saturday Night Live has always had a stealthily big heart. You can see it when the hosts people really like get hugs from everyone at the end of a show, and you can see it when people come back for guest appearances, and you've certainly seen it in some well-known moments in which the show says goodbye. That includes genuinely sad moments like the night Steve Martin hosted the show hours after Gilda Radner died, as well as considerably lighter fare like singing "So Long, Farewell" when Phil Hartman was leaving.

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Opinion
10:17 am
Mon May 21, 2012

The Nation: Why Is NATO Necessary?

German troops serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission (KFOR) in Kosovo unload sandbags as part of the reinforcement of KFOR troops in the town of Mitrovica on September 28, 2011.
Armend Nimani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:36 am

This article was written by the editors of The Nation.

For much of the post–cold war era, NATO has been a military alliance in search of a reason to exist. When ministers from the alliance's 28 member nations meet in Chicago in May, the question Why NATO? will once again hang over the proceedings.

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Opinion
10:17 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Foreign Policy: The Persian Gulf Needs Its Own NATO

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz shakes hands with arriving delegations during a welcoming ceremony for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders attending a summit in Riyadh on May 14, 2012.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:37 am

Robert Haddick is managing editor of Small Wars Journal.

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World
9:57 am
Mon May 21, 2012

G8 Summit Drives Home Effects Of Euro Crisis

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief Will Resign

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko waits for the beginning of a joint hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Clean Air and Nuclear Safety in December.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Gregory B. Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced he would resign as soon as his replacement is confirmed.

"After an incredibly productive three years as Chairman, I have decided this is the appropriate time to continue my efforts to ensure public safety in a different forum," Jaczko said in a statement today. "This is the right time to pass along the public safety torch to a new chairman..."

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Supreme Court Lets Stand Student's $675,000 Penalty For Downloading

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 10:16 am

Without commenting on the merits of the case, the Supreme Court this morning let stand a $675,000 jury verdict against a 25-year-old Boston University student who downloaded 30 songs nearly a decade ago and then shared them with others on a peer-to-peer network.

The court denied Joel Tenenbaum's "write of certiorari," which means his appeal of a lower court's ruling and the judgment were turned down.

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Four Tons Of Marijuana Found Floating Off California Coast

It would take a lot of marijuana plants such as these to make four tons.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 11:33 am

Who dumped the dope?

That's the question of the day along the coast of Southern California as authorities try to figure out how four tons of marijuana — more than 150 bales — got into the Pacific Ocean near Orange County's Dana Point Harbor. They were found this weekend about 15 miles out to sea.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Mon May 21, 2012

On Its Second Day, Facebook Stock Drops

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 7:54 am

After its much-ballyhooed initial public offering on Friday ended with the stock's price just about where it started, Facebook ended sharply lower today.

Just after the start of trading, the social media giant's shares were trading around $33, down 13 percent about $5 from Friday's close. At close, it ended 11 percent lower at $34.03.

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