Greece could elect an anti-austerity party on Sunday, a development which could trigger another Greek debt crisis.
The president will shave one day from the planned three-day visit to India to make room in his schedule to visit the new Saudi king in Riyadh.
The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren't rushing to download the app.
The short film 'Papa Machete,' which is having its U.S. premiere this week at Sundance, introduces viewers to a 70-year-old Haitian farmer who's the master of a secret martial arts form.
The shortstop known as "Mr. Cub," who began his career in the Negro leagues, hit 512 home runs in his 19 seasons with the team and remained a cherished figure to the team and its fans. He was 83.
When she was arrested, Conley was living in the Denver suburb of Arvada. She told FBI agents that she planned to live with a man in Syria and be a camp nurse for ISIS there.
A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
Several people associated with Modern Farmer tweeted their farewells to the magazine that became known for printing arch photos of handsome animals and writing audacious headlines.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged yesterday the differences in viewpoints of Democrats and Republicans on the issue of individual taxes. This came in response to President Obama’s State of the Union in which he proposed raising taxes on the rich and giving the middle class a break. However, when it comes to business, Lew believes we should be able to find a broad set of tax reforms to agree on.
Tax lobbying is stronger than ever and has surpassed healthcare lobbying in the past few years.
“It’s been pent-up demand and the conversation has really heated up over the past couple of years,” Snell says.
A wide range of people want to make sure they get heard on Capitol Hill, and they are spending anywhere from $500 to $100,000 per quarter.
Companies are spending big money on lobbying now, banking on returns far into the future.
“It’s kind of a game of chess here. You’re deciding if you want to invest up front. It’s like buying insurance almost. Say you come out in a bad way in this tax reform. Say you wind up having to pay a couple percent more this year. It’s not just this year. It’s until they decide to write the tax code again and there’s really no certainty as to when that might be,” Snell says.
Three Oklahoma inmates say they face the risk of extreme suffering, which would violate the Eighth Amendment.
Dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments. The situation is evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom.
The city's recruitment effort has a very different feel from years past as it tries to attract more diverse candidates. The force is 80 percent white; the population is more than 30 percent black.
Audie Cornish talks to Nicolette Gendron, a member of Kappa Alpha Beta Sorority at the University of Virginia and a writer for the C-Ville Weekly.
Maybe once and for all we can settle the whole "can money buy you happiness" conundrum.
The answer, once you do the regression analysis and adjust for other factors, is that having more money does reduce unhappiness, according to a study in the journal "Social Psychology & Personality Science."
But here's the catch: Having more money doesn't increase happiness.
Seems it all revolves around something social scientists call negativity bias, which states that we — being humans — are more likely to remember negative experiences over positive ones.
For 62 years, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by sons of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdul Aziz. Robert Siegel talks to Middle East specialist Joseph Braude about Saudi succession.
In his last speech of the Greek election campaign, Alexis Tsipras – youthful leader of the far-left Syriza party – rallied his supporters with fiery rhetoric. “Rise up, raise your fists, end this national humiliation and stop taking orders from abroad,” roared the potential next prime minister of Greece.
His words were aimed at Greek voters as well as the country’s biggest international creditors: the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Tsipras is promising that if he wins power in Sunday’s vote, he will end Greece’s era of austerity. He pledges to roll back some public spending cuts imposed on the country by the EU and the IMF as part of a $280 billion bailout deal and says he will try to renegotiate and soften some terms of the loan agreements. This would put him on a collision course with Europe’s most powerful economy, Germany.
Many Greeks – including those who do not support Tsipras and his Syriza party – agree that the rest of Europe should cut Greece some slack.
“Austerity measures have brought us unemployment, poverty and unbearable social stress. The suicide rate has gone up by 40 percent,” says Dr. Dimitris Papademetriadis, a psychiatrist. “We believe the debt should be shared among our European partners. Being part of a European family means taking care of each other. That’s what family is all about.”
The trouble is that members of this family – the eurozone – don’t speak the same language. When the Greek prime minister went to Berlin and asked for “debt relief,” German leader Angela Merkel asked for the phrase to be translated. When it was, she said: “It doesn’t sound so good in German.”
In spite of Merkel’s lack of sympathy for Greece, the Greeks still seem to love the euro. A total of 92 percent are in favor of the eurozone, according to a recent poll. The mystery of this attachment deepens when you consider the impact of the EU/IMF austerity measures on the Greek economy. Output has shrunk by a quarter. Unemployment has soared to 27 percent. And 10 percent of Athenians depend on charities for their food.
Many economists argue that Greece’s problems have been exacerbated by eurozone membership because the country has been unable to make itself more competitive by devaluing its own currency .
Two powerful factors bolster Greek support for continued euro membership. First, many Greeks trust European officials and institutions more than their own politicians. And second, many fear the financial turmoil that crashing out of the single currency would entail. Former government minister Adonis Georgiadis says that exiting the eurozone would be like trying to change airlines midflight.
“You enter the plane and the plane is in the air, you cannot change your mind. If you open the door and say: I want to go to the other airline you will be destroyed. This is the euro. We entered. We stay,” he says.
If Syriza gets its hands on the controls in Sunday’s election, it could be one bumpy ride.
Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.
U.S. diplomats have wrapped up two days of talks with Cuban officials — the highest-level meeting in 35 years. The aim is to start talking through how to restore diplomatic relations following the historic warming of ties announced last month by President Obama and President Raul Castro.
Thousands of European men and women have traveled to Syria to fight, and some have returned home — possibly battle hardened. The concern is that they haven't come back to resume their lives, but instead have been dispatched by al Qaida or the so-called Islamic State to attack the West.
The White House is facing uncertainty in the wake of political turmoil in Yemen and political transition in Saudi Arabia.