Like a piece of Swiss cheese, U.S. sanction policy is riddled with holes, according to reports. A former Treasury official claims licenses to trade with blacklisted countries such as Iran have been doled out to the tune of billions of dollars in profits, all at the behest of lobbying groups.
Poor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. First, he was tossed under the bus in the kerfuffle over Valerie Plame’s identity leak. Now, as a result of same, Libby’s been stripped of his legal license in Washington, D.C.
Amid the fracas over who can marry whom, professor and author Stephanie Coontz poses a provocative question in Monday’s New York Times that leads to some interesting history and shifts the focus of the debate: “Why do people—gay or straight—need the state’s permission to marry?”