A close read on today’s happenings.
Erwin Chemerinsky of the LA Times adds to the rapidly increasing body of opinion pieces regarding the rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he prepares to stand trial.
Theo Hobson of The Spectator makes his case for the end of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens-style atheists, saying that anti-religious rhetoric has gone out of style in favor of a softer approach to not believing.
Joe Romm at Climate Progress drips with rage as he illustrates BP’s elaborate cover-up of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill‘s toxicity while they simultaneously made it worse.
The Science Blog discusses the disturbing trend of prescription drug abuse among teens as the figures have skyrocketed by more than 30% since 2008.
In the Hindu, India asks China to return to the “status quo” regarding the Kashmiri region of Ladakh. The move reflects hopes to tamp down a military standoff near the border.