I was lucky enough to have parents who took me around the globe to see various places and cultures before I was even old enough to drive. When I was in high school, my dad went to live in South Africa to start the first U.S. Peace Corps program there since the end of apartheid. He talked about it at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last week. Cool guy.
The conservative movement in Maryland is not dead. Opponents of the state's rather liberal new law giving illegal immigrants the opportunity to receive in-state tuition got a win yesterday. A petition launched to block the law and bring it to statewide referendum was recognized by the Maryland State Board of Elections on Thursday. The Post's Aaron C. Davis reports on the ruling that is likely to draw appeals and scrutiny from liberals questioning the validity of the signatures.
I remember the days when D.C. police would give you a pair of Timberlands, no questions asked, if you turned in an illegal gun at a give-back event. Now, after gun-rights advocates managed to get the city's long-standing handgun ban overturned, the city itself could end up as the conduit for residents looking to purchase a firearm. Council member Phil Mendelson is proposing a system that would allow the District to effectively become a gun dealer. The Post's Mike DeBonis explains why such legislation might be necessary.
• When the world found out that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was hacking into people's cellphones to gain scoops, including those of the deceased, folks were reasonably outraged. Now, Slate's Jeremy Singer-Vine is wondering: Could that happen in the U.S.?
• South Sudan plans to secede from the north tomorrow, and U.N. photographer Tim McKulka offers a visual essay for Foreign Policy of the nation's people on the eve of its division.
• Ladies, if this happens to you, it's time to clean out your purse. Stay safe this weekend, kids.