best of the sunday times

Front Page
Mired in controversy, the NSA owes its immense power to monitor terrorists, arms dealers, and almost any foreign national from a secret court with an increasingly expansive role in interpreting rights to privacy and surveillance.

No longer stuck in the 1950s, Cubans begin spending to move their lives and economy forward.

Liz Cheney wants to be a senator, but her father’s party is telling this trust fund baby what it has told many spoiled political aspirants for the first time: you’re going to have to wait.

In a suffering economy, all 50 states now have burgeoning vineyards, helping to spur agriculture and tourism.

Arts & Leisure
On the heels of Netflix’s Arrested Development sequel, Michael Cera is taking his baby face to writing and directing.

Sunday Review
The Dalai Lama and many Fortune 500 CEOs do it, but can meditation make practitioners more moral?

The Lincoln Highway is now a patchwork of two-lane highways across the Northern United States, but a cross-country road trip on this old-school path offers a view less seen on a road less travelled.


Book Review

As many around the US and Europe begin to replace their piety with humanism, John Gray  says “No, Sir” in his attack, Silence of the Animals.


Whether you hate the player or the game, Kurt Bardella is winning the game in Washington right now.


tuesday reading list

“We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised—and it should be.”

~ Edward Snowden

(NSA Leaker and Professional Coward)

Mo’ people, mo’ problems. We’re not growing enough food to continue feeding the world’s ever growing population.

A gang of unlikely misfits coming together to create something great, thats right. The Gang of 8 is the Wu Tang Clan of Immigration Reform

In a wild West where wildfires reign supreme, the Hotshots are the elite group of firefighters charged with facing the increasingly frequent heat.

Those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. What happens when education no longer imparts a sufficient understanding of where we have been?

In case you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend the Lexington Herald-Leader‘s series on Eastern Kentucky, Fifty Years of Night.

thursday reading list

“My government is listening to the voices calling for change.”

~ Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff

While there have been plenty of scholars and politicians condemning NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Laura Frost and George Orwell argue that he is keeping Big Brother from having the final word. Michael Moynihan of Newsweek plays the other side.

Behind our Black President are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in jail than there were slaves in 1850. Obama’s former spritiual advisor, Joshua Dubois, searches for the progress we tout.

After understanding the popular protests in Brazil’s cities, it is time to figure out the injustices truly behind them.

If you hate your job, it might be time to initiate employment with the Taliban.

Grocery store magazine racks have a history of reflecting the American life. What do today’s Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal say about modern America?