Sunday, May 24, 2015         

New York Times

Life for many young Saudis is an ecosystem of apps. Lacking free speech, they debate on Twitter. Since they cannot flirt at the mall, they do it on WhatsApp and Snapchat.

After vigorous debate and intense last-minute pressure by Republican leaders, the Senate on Saturday rejected legislation that would curb the federal government's bulk collection of phone records.

Just last month, when Western and Iraqi officials talked about the Islamic State, it was mostly to list a series of setbacks to the terrorist group: defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani, battered by a heavy airstrike campaign, forced out of a growing list of towns and cities in Iraq.

SAN FRANCISCO » It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the point where otherwise sane businesspeople muse about seceding from the United States.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa » Hillary Rodham Clinton was in a forgiving mood. She had been discussing the small-business economy at a round-table gathering at a bike shop here Tuesday when the Fox News correspondent Ed Henry interrupted. When, he shouted, would she take questions from the news media she had ignored for weeks on end?

WASHINGTON » They use words like "historic" and "charismatic," phrases like "great potential" and "million-dollar smile." They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy.

For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates.

Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across New York on Thursday morning as part of an outreach campaign for nail salon workers organized by city officials, with the goal of reaching by day’s end thousands of manicurists and educating them about their rights and how to protect their health.

President Barack Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory.

Aided by four friends, and to the cheers of some of her classmates, the student who protested Columbia University's handling of her sexual assault complaint by carrying a mattress around campus all year hoisted it for the last time Tuesday as she crossed the stage at a graduation ceremony.

In 1988, a rising comic named Jerry Seinfeld went to the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park for a Christmas party for "Late Night With David Letterman." Seinfeld had just made a deal to do a sitcom for NBC, and he buttonholed Letterman in the corner of the restaurant and asked him for advice.

Jeb Bush has his famous last name as a calling card, for better or worse. But Scott Walker's name does not ring many bells outside Wisconsin. Ted Cruz is not even well known in Texas.

WASHINGTON » When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a major new rule intended to protect the nation's drinking water last year, regulators solicited opinions from the public.

BAGHDAD » As Shiite militiamen began streaming toward Ramadi on Monday to try to reverse the loss of the city to the Islamic State, the defeat has given new momentum to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's rivals within his own Shiite political bloc.

WASHINGTON » The quotes he posts are rarely pithy, and often sayings he thinks up in the shower. The photographs he puts up sometimes show him frowning, while others show him gazing oddly into the horizon. And he does not seem to care about the importance of videos.

It is a natural question, one that many people have raised before, and have raised again since Tuesday's fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia: Should trains have seatbelts?

As the 2016 campaign unfolds, Hillary Rodham Clinton will benefit from one rapid-response team working out of a war room in her New York headquarters - and another one working out of a "super PAC" in Washington.

Seen from the Internet, it is a vast education empire: hundreds of universities and high schools, with elegant names and smiling professors at sun-dappled American campuses.


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