Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:50 pm
Despite a $7 billion effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation there is at its highest level since the U.S. invasion more than a decade ago, sparking corruption, criminal gangs and providing the insurgency with hard cash, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
In testimony before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, he warns Wednesday that Afghanistan could degenerate into a narco-criminal state.
Dissatisfaction with America's government headed the list of problems cited in a new Gallup poll. Here, dusk falls on the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 30 — the eve of the federal shutdown that further frustrated many citizens.
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Among all large U.S. political groups, dissatisfaction with the country's government headed the list of issues. But they disagreed on where to rank other topics, from health care to income inequality.
A Gallup poll released Thursday tracks trends in what Americans see as the country's biggest problem. For several months now, the answer has been its own government.
Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 8:05 pm
The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or the economy — it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. Among Republicans, Democrats and independents, dissatisfaction with the U.S.'s political leadership topped all other issues.
Jan. 15, 2009: As the U.S. Airways jet they had been on sinks into the Hudson River, passengers are rowed away. This isn't <a href="https://twitter.com/jkrums/status/423458459737419777">the iconic (and now copyrighted) photo</a> that helped transform Twitter. But it does give a sense of what it was like that day, 5 years ago.
Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 3:55 pm
There has been a carefully guarded secret in medicine: Evidence is often inconclusive, and experts commonly disagree about what it means.
Most medical decisions aren't cut and dried. Instead they're usually made with uncertainty about what is best for each person.
This uncertainty secret has been revealed in a very public disagreement among experts about who should be treated for high blood pressure. The controversy hinges on the level of blood pressure that should serve as a trigger for treatment.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and the Carver Cultural Center has found an interesting way of celebrating. They’re doing so with a play called "The Mountaintop."
"'The Mountaintop' is truly a fantastic piece that takes you through what possibly the last night of Martin Luther King’s life was like," said Danielle King, president of the Renaissance Guild, "San Antonio's black theater company."
The Wendy Davis campaign is pleased with the latest six-month campaign finance report showing the Democratic candidate for governor was able to gather more campaign funds during that period than her likely opponent the 2014 governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Davis’ campaign raised almost a million dollars more than Abbott -- $12.2 million to Abbott’s $11.5 million.
Matt Angle with The Lone Star Project, a left-leaning political action committee, said that is a significant showing.
Cawdor Castle is often called Macbeth's Castle because it's the place of a murder in Shakespeare's <em>Macbeth</em>. The castle was built long after Shakespeare died. Lady Liza Campbell, who was raised at the castle, is pushing to revise the law to allow women to inherit titles and estates.
Centuries before the U.S. was colonized, the British were handing down estates and titles from father to son. Never from mother to daughter.
Then came the royal pregnancy last year. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, had a boy, George. But before the prince was born and his sex known, Parliament changed British law so a first-born girl could inherit the throne. And a group of female aristocrats began fighting to apply the principle more broadly.
The United States internet service providers are charging more money for less broadband access according to a report from the New America Foundation. Can the country continue to foster innovation as the country falls behind in access?