Lunch Links

Tuesday Lunch Links

lunchI have a tasty slice of leftover prosciutto pizza in today’s lunch box – a quick and easy meal – giving me time to serve up a heaping helping of lunch links for Policy Watch readers.

First a bit of good news. Associated Press reports that President Bashar Assad’s government has reportedly accepted Russia’s plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile.

President Obama, who was to make the case for a military strike against Syria this evening, has agreed to engage in discussions at the United Nations.

If you’ve been following state politics and ignoring the Syrian conflict, you can still get up to speed before Obama’s prime-time address withThe Washington Post’s 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.

Politico has a rundown of the latest polls showing Americans are weary of war, and why military intervention in that region would be a hard sell for the Obama administration.

Photo: Rick Loomis, LA Times.

Photo: Rick Loomis, LA Times.

The LA Times offers an amazing profile of life after war, as they follow one Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD and the toll it has taken on his young family. The photos and 20-minute video by Rick Loomis are sure to stay with you.

While on the subject of veterans, The Washington Post shares the story of Bennie Coleman, a retired Marine Corps sergeant, who loses his home because he failed to pay a $134 property tax bill. You’ll find yourself shaking your head as you read about this obscure program that enlisted private investors to help the city recoup unpaid taxes, and has resulted in homeowners losing everything –even after some had paid the back taxes.

Closer to home, if you’ve wondered how North Carolina’s new election law is being perceived outside the state, check out Chris Fitzsimon’s recent radio interview with UC Irvine election law expert Rick Hasen. You can hear a portion of the interview below. The full radio interview is here.

Finally, be sure to read Sharon McCloskey’s excellent piece posted earlier today about a court ruling that led one consumer law attorney to warn:

“As a result of Bumpers, countless North Carolina consumers who are the victims of unfair practices, whether from predatory lenders as in Bumpers or in other contexts, will be without any remedy.”

It might be my leftover pizza, but that leaves me with a bit of heartburn.

Enjoy what’s left of your lunch, and be sure to check back later when Lindsay Wagner will have the next installment of her series on the roll out of  school vouchers in North Carolina. You can read part one from that series here.

One Comment

  1. Susan

    September 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    “The LA Times offers an amazing profile of life after war”

    The LA Times should do a piece on the REAL victims of war – those who do not take up weapons, do not take up training, and do not travel thousands of miles to visit death and destruction on innocent people who never hurt anyone.

    That would be the recipients of our bombs, not the people who send the bombs. Those are the people who are dealing with “life after war”.