Thanks to the arrest of a top consulate official over visa fraud involving a nanny—an arrest reportedly involving a strip search—the U.S. and India are totally on the outs right now. How bad is it? Well, India removed a bunch of security barriers from the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.
In a move that sounds utterly fitting, the U.S. government has hired a former Microsoft executive to fix the mess with Healthcare.Gov. Oy.
Google Glass can now take photos when you wink. In other news, nobody wants to see Robert Scoble wink.
Edward Snowden isn’t going to Brazil. Sorry guys.
163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source
It remains one of the few places where drinking in the style of a cast member of “Mad Men” is not only accepted but expected.Diplomat Calls for End to Drunkenness at U.N. - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)
The United States should stop its role as a sneaky troublemaker sitting behind some nations in the region and pulling strings.Xinhua’s Liu Chang • In an editorial for the Chinese state-run publication, demanding that the United States respect China’s regional sovereignty if the country truly wants a positive relationship between Washington D.C. and Beijing. Many were shocked that such a statement would appear in a state-run publication just before the arrival of a diplomat, in this case Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, particularly when Secretary Clinton received such a warm reception from foreign minister Yang Jiechi. source
It’s not that Romney struck out against a major league pitcher. I mean, here, he struck out playing t-ball. This should have been easy and it wasn’t for him apparently.Obama campaign aide Colin Kahl • Pulling out the dagger against Mitt Romney, who spent a week overseas, stretching out his foreign policy legs in other countries. Problem — he kept making headlines for doing stupid things. First, he criticized Britain for being unable to handle the Olympics. Then he made a negative comment about Palestinian culture. Finally, he bashed Obama for scrapping a missile defense system — a criticism which the Slovakian foreign minister didn’t like. So yeah, kinda rough — though he did score points with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, for what it’s worth.