Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:00 am
When thousands of Egyptians began to gather in Tahrir Square in preparation for the planned Jan. 25, 2011, uprising, then-President Hosni Mubarak's beleaguered regime responded with familiar brutality and thuggery. And then, it made a tactical error: it clamped down on Facebook and Twitter.
"The regime's decision to block these two websites," writes Internet activist Wael Ghonim in his book, Revolution 2.0, "was a grave mistake." The Egyptian people sensed desperation in the state's actions — and proof of their own strength.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on Feb. 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Santorum defeated his challengers in Missouri's non binding primary, Minnesota's caucus and Colorado's caucus on Feb. 7. 2012.
Syrian soldiers who defected from the army join protesters in Homs's Khaldiya neighborhood on Jan. 26. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army launched an offensive that evening in the Karm al-Zeitoun district, killing 26 civilians, including nine children, and wounding dozens.
Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:21 am
Last Friday, I published a column assessing NPR's coverage of Mitt Romney's released tax returns. I agree with critics that the main stories did not address the justifications for Romney's low tax rates on high income. Nonetheless, I concluded that the limited context in the stories of comparing Romney's low rates to what most Americans pay was fair.