Three Expensive Milliseconds – NYTimes.com

Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptlycanceled America’s biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions, and believe that he was trying to curry favor with the government- and …

Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand’s top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to …

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents. Activists say it will give relief to millions of people who face discrimination in India’s deeply conservative society. The Supreme Court …

Republicans Are Openly Softening Their Tone on Same-Sex Marriage – NationalJournal.com

Something strange happened last weekend. At a recent conservative confab that attracted many top Republicans, no one railed against same-sex marriage. The New Hampshire Freedom Summit—a weekend-long event hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Citizens United that attracted more than 700 attendees—featured speeches from people like Mike Huckabee, Newt …