By Steve Benen
It’s the laziest and most offensive way to debate national security: do what I say or terrorists will kill us all.
Moved last year by the news coverage of waves of student protests against the government of Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, I went to Venezuela to photograph the unfolding of events. I was curious to understand a movement in which the protesters were middle and upper class, furious at the socialist regime, and demanding that President Maduro step down.
Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security. Instead, thanks to worldwide collective efforts and commitment, the NPT has become the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, reinforcing international peace and security, and preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons while promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Today, global nuclear stockpiles are at their lowest levels since the 1950s.
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A major winter storm slammed parts of the United States Thursday, as thousands of flights were canceled and government offices shut down in anticipation of more than half a foot of snow in the nation’s capital. Snow started to fall in some parts of Washington DC Thursday, where the Office of Personnel Management ordered government employees to stay home. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautioned.
One of Thomas Edison’s little-known ambitions was to build a device to hear the voices of the dead, according to a nearly lost chapter of the inventor’s memoirs which is being republished in France this week. Edison (1847-1931) detailed his efforts and they were published posthumously in 1948 as the final chapter of his “Diary and Sundry Observations”.
The controversy over her private emails has been muddied by a haphazard response born of a lack of formal campaign apparatus. Many believe it won’t harm her primary chances, but it’s hardly the flying start she wanted
The controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account while serving as US secretary of state demonstrates the difficulty in being a presidential candidate without having a campaign.