Middle initials omitted.

Officers from Beijing’s Industry and Commerce Administration stopped the sale of “ObaMao” merchandise showing Obama dressed as Mao Zedong. The Republican National Committee said that its health-insurance plan would no longer pay for abortions. The Cheesecake Factory agreed to pay $345,000 to six male employees who were sexually harassed by other male employees, the number of Americans lacking dependable access to food reached its highest levels on record, and a New York woman who cut off her father’s penis and burned it on the stove began taking cooking classes in jail.

Christopher Beha wrote a particularly informative, funny, and sad Harper’s Weekly.

“Why are you not afraid of India’s nuclear weapons?” the official asked. “Because India is your friend, and the longtime policies of America and India converge. Between you and the Indians, you will fuck us in every way. The truth is that our weapons are less of a problem for the Obama Administration than finding a respectable way out of Afghanistan.”

Seymour Hersh has an arresting report on Pakistan‘s unstable nuclear program in the New Yorker.

Hypothetical query: if you were on a business trip to the Hague, and you had one day off, where would you go? (Assuming the Oostvaardersplassen is closed.)

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