Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more below.

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FOX News Calls Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech “Deceiving” — Hell Freezes Over To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.

What the Washington Post Can Learn From Vogue The Washington Post Style section, which has taken a 75 percent staff hit, has finally found some good news for print: the 916-page, 120th-anniversary September issue of Vogue.

Paul Ryan and the Post-Truth Convention Speech Paul Ryan’s speech was well-written, well-delivered, and well-received. … It was also profoundly dishonest in ways large and small.

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia Judges like to say that all they do when they interpret a constitutional or statutory provision is apply, to the facts of the particular case, law that has been given to them.

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn’t stand for anything.

UK support for military action in Syria is not in America’s best interest The last time a British prime minister endorsed an American president’s plans for military intervention, it resulted in the US invasion of Iraq – one of the worst foreign policy blunders in recent American history.

Bollywood and Bangalore as Clusters of Creativity India’s economic growth and development over the past decade or so has been nothing short of remarkable.

Things the Postal Service Won’t Tell You For four days at the end of June, retired letter carrier Jamie Partridge and nine other current and former postal workers didn’t eat.

Israel Breaks Silence Over Army Abuses Ex-soldiers admit to appalling violence against Palestinian children.

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