FROM Jere Longman
The 2-Hour Marathon: Art or Science? Kenyan Dennis Kimetto holds the world record for running the fastest marathon. In 2014, he ran the Berlin marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. The idea of doing it in less than two hours? Some people think it’s impossible or at least 10 years away. But not Yannis Pitsiladis. He’s a physiologist who works out of England, and he’s on a quest to find and prepare the person who can, through science, run a marathon under two hours by 2019.
In World Cup Contest, England Loses to Russia, US to Qatar In Zurich yesterday, Britain's presentation was made by soccer star David Beckham, Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William. The US was represented by Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman. But today, the US and Britain today got kicked in the knees by Russia and Qatar, for the world's largest sporting event for 2018 and 2022. The president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced, " We go to new lands ." Jeré Longman is a sports reporter for the New York Times and author of The Girls of Summer : The US Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.