Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:11 pm
"A Syrian MiG 21 fighter jet has landed in Jordan," al-Jazeera and other news outlets report. And according to Reuters, a Jordanian official says the pilot has asked for asylum. The BBC is reporting that news as well.
According to the royal website, the applicant who's chosen will have dominion over the royal residences — including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, overseeing a staff of 60. The position is described as "challenging and exciting."
As if wooing Sisyphus, I push hungrily through the 25 stories in Brian Evenson's new collection, Windeye, trying each time to get to The Answer. Is the man a maniacal killer, or trapped in an experiment? What happens in the caves? Will the dead boy be avenged? Can Halle survive until the end of the oxygen shortage?
Wednesday was reporting day for the presidential campaigns. The candidates and the superPACs supporting them turned over details about how they raised their money last month. But don't expect much information about some of the biggest players in the race — social welfare organizations don't have to report where they get their money.
Dissident and artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday that he has been forbidden from leaving China, despite the lifting of strict bail conditions imposed after he was released from detention last year. This comes a day after a hearing on his tax evasion case, which he was prevented from attending.
For the first time since President Obama took office, the White House has invoked executive privilege in a dispute with Congress. Obama sided with his Justice Department and refused to turn over documents to House Republicans in their probe of the botched gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious. But the aggressive move by the president was not enough to stop a Republican committee from voting to hold his attorney general in contempt.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reached a deal to buy nearly the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai. The land is currently owned by billionaire David Murdock who is the CEO of Castle and Cooke and the majority stock holder in Dole Food Company.
A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that the gap between states' assets and how much they'll owe retirees in pensions and health care is growing. According to the most recent numbers, for fiscal year 2010 that gap grew 9 percent from the previous year to almost $1.4 trillion dollars.